Commenting is now wide open

Matt from World of Matticus convinced me to open comments to anyone, not just registered users. If you've registered already, thanks much–you're in the GoW club.

His blog has been running longer than mine, so I can't refute his advice, because I have no idea what I'm doing. He also runs WordPress on Dreamhost, so if he can make wide open commenting work, then I guess I can too.

If your blog has been running longer than his and you disagree, please let me know. At least you won't have to register to do so.

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3 thoughts on “Commenting is now wide open”

  1. My logic behind it is this:

    People are lazy.

    If it takes more effort for them to do something, then they're not really going to do it. But if you want to encourage discussion, you don't want to make it really hard for them to do it. You don't want them to have to a) Register b) Verify their email c) Come back again and login. Blogs aren't forums or message boards.

    The fastest and most convenient way is 9 times out of 10 the best way. Let them fill in their name and email and their thoughts. If they cause you trouble, there's always the banhammer. Bloggers ought to try to make their blogs as accessible as much as possible to facilitate discussion. But try it for yourself first. If you don't agree or dislike it, you can easily turn on registration.

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