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March 18, 2012 / Leslie

Technical Issues with WordPress Comments

Several readers have told me know they are having problems leaving comments today. I’m not sure what changes WordPress has made, but a quick look at the support site tells me I’m not the only one and no one seems to have an answer. One suggestion was to log in using Twitter.

I do not require anyone to register or log in to leave a comment. If you can’t leave a comment I can be reached by email. If you are entering the giveaway, the email will count as an entry.

While we’re on the topic of hosting with WordPress I’d like to mention that the awful advertisements that have been appearing on my blog are not my doing. Until recently I didn’t even know they were there. Apparently it’s in the TOS somewhere that I agree to this and I missed it. A big reason I missed it is because the ads are not visible when I am logged in to my account. Anyone else see any of these ads?

On a positive note, Bloggiesta is happening in a few weeks and I am going to use the opportunity to research webhosts and eventually move to my own site.


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  1. BermudaOnion / Mar 18 2012 3:58 pm

    The commenting thing has been a nightmare. I’ve left comments on the forums, but I don’t think anyone has read them. My husband tells me those ads appear on my blog at times too.


    • Leslie / Mar 18 2012 4:03 pm

      That’s how I found out too. I told my husband to take a look at the seagull photo and this huge, awful looking video ad appeared underneath the post. I hope they fix this soon.


  2. Mary / Mar 18 2012 4:54 pm

    I don’t see any ads on your site at the moment (checking in on my iPad from AZ), I saw them on my site once when I checked from my iPhone. Makes me wonder why it’s not consistent. I’ve thought about self-hosting but am unsure how to go about doing it. Think there’s a blogiesta tutorial somewhere?


    • Leslie / Mar 18 2012 5:08 pm

      From what I can tell the WP ads are sporadic. I’m hoping that someone does a post on self-hosting for bloggiesta. In theory I know how to go about it, but it would be nice to hear from someone who did it and get all the little details.


  3. sagustocox / Mar 18 2012 5:23 pm

    Yes, unless you are self-hosted, I think ads are appearing on all the WordPress blogs…ugh. I have to actually log into the WordPress account I use for War Through the Generations to comment on other people’s blogs these days. UGH.


    • Leslie / Mar 18 2012 7:47 pm

      I’ve always liked the WP platform and understand the reasons for most of their policies. But lately the negatives have been piling up. So, self-hosting is probably the way to go.


      • sagustocox / Mar 19 2012 4:17 am

        I really enjoy self-hosting, though I have a tech guru who helps with the backups and all of that stuff…and the server…so I really don’t have to do too much


      • Leslie / Mar 19 2012 8:29 am

        Definitely more flexibility with self-hosting. I think once I get it set up it won’t be that hard.


  4. Leeswammes / Mar 19 2012 5:46 am

    What a hassle: first *I* could not comment on Blogger blogs (that seems to be fixed now) and now people have problems commenting on my and other WordPress blogs.

    I’ve never noticed an ad. I’m logged into wordpress all the time, never saw an ad on your blog either (but maybe I’m the wrong IP address, not interesting for US ads).


    • Leslie / Mar 19 2012 8:49 am

      I was having a problem with blogger too. It took multiple attempts to comment. And now they have that awful, awful, awful spam captcha. It’s unreadable for humans as well as robots!

      You only see the ads when you aren’t logged in to your WP account. The ad popped up when my husband went to the blog from his computer. I suppose they are probably targeted by IP too. I’ll have to log out later and browse around to other WP blogs.


  5. Natalie ~ the Coffee and a Book Chick / Mar 19 2012 12:00 pm

    I experienced challenges when I was commenting on WordPress sites also, but I found it was because I have my email address associated with a blog that I never post at that is hosted on WP. Once I changed it to a different email address, things have been okay. Fingers crossed it stays that way!


    • Leslie / Mar 19 2012 12:13 pm

      This morning I read this on the WP Support site:

      … if a user comments with an email address that’s tied to a (or Gravatar) account, they’ll need to log in before they can comment with that address.

      Apparently this is a security measure to stop people from impersonating someone else by using their email. This is not a problem on my blog and is a hassle for my visitors, and there is no way to turn it off.


  6. Fiction-Books (@Fiction_Books) / Mar 19 2012 1:39 pm

    Hi Leslie,

    I tried to leave a comment on your Mailbox Monday post, but I think I hit the Login button at the wrong time, so I stopped by here instead, hope that’s okay?

    I have been totally unable to comment on any blog using my wordpess account, but logging in on my twitter account seems to work fine …. not my preferred option, but better than nothing!

    Three completely different books there, it is always good to ‘ring the changes’ occasionally.

    I have already bookmarked ‘The Paris Directive’ as several bloggers seem to have received it for review this week.

    I shall look forward to reading everyone’s reviews about this one, I wonder if you will all agree as to its merits?

    Have a good week


    • Leslie / Mar 19 2012 2:24 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. Sorry about the commenting situation at WordPress. Demanding that visitors log-in if their email address is associated with a WP account should be up to the individual blog owner, but so far it’s mandatory and does seem to be affecting quite a few people.

      There are quite a few genres I like… I’m a fairly eclectic reader.


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