Over the last few days, blogging friends have been having difficulties in commenting on my blog. I checked my settings, which were as they have always been, and have up until a few days ago, worked perfectly without hiccup. I went to the WordPress support forums and found this: (copy/pasted from the forum):
Recent Update to Commenting
We’ve recently updated our commenting system.
Now, if someone tries to comment with an email address that’s attached to a WordPress.com account, they’ll need to sign into WordPress.com before they can comment.
If commenters have forgotten their password they can request a reset:
Please don’t hesitate to contact our Happiness Engineers if you have any questions. We’re glad to help!
We discovered a bug that required some users to use an email address when commenting, even when the blog owner doesn’t require an email address, or might prevent logged-in users from commenting.
This bug has been fixed. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused.
We discovered another bug that prevented some users from commenting if they attempted to comment on a blog with a custom domain name and had third-party cookies disabled.
This bug has been fixed as well and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused.
The topic has now been closed, and I don’t know how to communicate with WP to tell them their “fixes” have made things worse. If anyone knows of a “contact us” button, please let me know and I will take up the cudgels on behalf of my faithful followers. I did wonder if the problem had any connection to my gripes with Blogspot and Blogger for making commenting into a boring obstacle race, often doomed to failure. B and B have put their house much more in order, so I hope that WordPress will do the same.