I’ve gotten some emails from folks who said they couldn’t leave a comment on my blog because it was asking for some kind of log-in. Until one user sent me a screen capture, I didn’t know what they were talking about. Unbeknownst to me, the fine folks here at WordPress.com, where this blog is hosted, decided that they wanted to change the way that comments are handled. The explanation:
Anyone who knows your email address could have easily linked their comment to your account in a way that was indistinguishable from you leaving it, and you would have no way of knowing it or stopping them. Now comments linked to your account are always going to be from you.
So, if you have a wordpress.com account or a gravatar account (gravatars are those little pictures that display next to your name) and you use an email address that is linked to one of those accounts, you are going to have to sign in to post your comment. If you have lost or forgotten your password, you can use the Forgot Password links at either http://wordpress.com/ or http://en.gravatar.com/ to regain access to your account.
The only alternative I can come up with off the top of my head is to use an email address not connected to either of the accounts. Note that your email address isn’t public, anyway.
(By the way – for those of you who have logged in using your gravatar email, you can also visit the site linked above to change how your name appears in the comments.)
I apologize for the inconvenience.