Dec 04 2007
Blogger’s new changes to the commenting system has caused somewhat of a stir around the blogosphere.
The alternatives seem to be:
- Put up with it
- Complain to Google
- Install Haloscan (WARNING: all earlier comments will no longer display)
- Move to WordPress
I confess that I haven’t paid a lot of attention to OpenID. But the latest move by Blogger seems to indicate that we may well be forced to adopt it in some way, shape or form if we want things to continue as normal.
I’ve never particularly liked the blogger commenting system, but many of the blogs I enjoy are using this platform. I like to comment, and I also like the blog owner to know who I am and where I blog.
The few times I have commented under this new system I have used the “nickname” option where I will write Meg (Blogpond). This is generally enough to identify me to the owners of blogs I visit frequently. But it’s not very informative to new blogs that I might comment on.
Another Option for Blogger Blogs
Trying to make sense of this, I happened to stumble on this post in Blogger Known Issues.
Blogger has removed the URL field for unauthenticated comments. Instead, we’re rolling out support for OpenID, a technology for “signing” your comments with your own URL. OpenID lets you comment with the URL you want, while preventing others from impersonating you. Blog admins can turn on OpenID now on Blogger in Draft.
It would appear there is a new draft version of Blogger. I can’t comment on how robust this version is, or if there are any problems with it, but I do have a test blogger blog, and it seems to work fine in this new mode.
As I understand all you need to do to activate this draft mode is to go the the new draft URL (again, I don’t know if there are any other implications of this, so it might be worthwhile checking about before clicking on this URL).
If you go into your commenting options you will see the following:
If you currently accept comments from “anyone”, I’d recommend you leave it that way. The new commenting area will look like this:
In the next post, I’ll show how bloggers can set up an OpenID so that their blog URL shows up rather than an OpenId address or Blogger profile.
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