I've been having quite the issue with commenting lately on this here blog. What I thought was isolated to just one browser and operating system seems to actually be a bit more widespread affecting readers regardless of O.S., browser, and whether you're on a desktop/laptop vs. mobile device.
Some of you may not have noticed at all. Who knows how it picks? But it seems that CAPTCHAs (those weird word ID thingamajigs meant to prove you are a human and not a spambot) are popping up on my blog even though I have them shut off.
I've been in talks with TypePad customer support since December and they still haven't been able to solve the CAPTCHA problem... and they can't shut it off either. They say that if you were to click somewhere in the box near where the CAPTCHA entry field initially appears and then suddenly disappears, it will come back. But that's just not very user friendly, in my estimation or their own.
One solution they did suggest was for me to set up comment registration. After looking into it a bit, I agree that it's the best route to go down for now.
What does this mean for you? Well, simply put, instead of just being able to type in your name, e-mail address, and homepage URL (optional), you will now have to login to my site via any number of possible third-party options. This includes Google, Yahoo, TypePad, Twitter, Facebook, and more.
When you go into a post, you'll now see this way down at the bottom where you would normally see the comment entry fields...
If TypePad, Facebook, or Twitter are your thing, click one. If not, click the "more..."
Either way, you'll be taken to this screen...
If you're a TypePad user, sign in on the left, or choose from the options in the "Or, use..." dropdown on the right. Then you have to go through the authorization option given to you by the registrar you choose.
I know, I know, it's not ideal. There are more hoops to jump through. But if you do it once, the system should remember you for a little while and not make you re-register at least for a few weeks. Another bonus is that those funky little avatars that are a TypePad default will be replaced by the avatar you have set up in the service you select.
For 99.9% of the people commenting here, this shouldn't be a problem whatsoever. I know all of you have at least one of these accounts. There is one I can think of that may have issues (Scott... but even you use Yahoo for e-mail, don't you?), but the rest of you should be good to go.
I'd really like it if all of you would test this out and make sure it works. PIck whichever service is your "poison" and leave a comment. If you're uncomfortable using this method, you can always e-mail me at kevinwapgar [at] gmail [dot] com.
Please don't give up on me. I love your feedback. I truly do.