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    Comment Posting Problems? Solutions?

    Comment Posting Problems? Solutions?

    I have received several complaints in the past couple of weeks about readers having problems commenting.  And if several people took the time to reach out to me, there likely are many more.

    Since a couple of the commenters have started posting solutions in other posts, I’ve started this post so please post those suggestions here.

    Which also raises another issue.  I’ve stayed away from the more interactive commenting software, such as Disqus, and deferred to standard Blogger commenting.  What do you think? 

    My concern is that while switching to these other softwares will provide you with an easier way to interact with other commenters, but then the comment section may get clogged with back and forth among a small number of people.  And I also would have to start blocking trolls, rather than using comment moderation.

    It always amazes me when I see a blog post with 100+ comments, but when you look at them, it’s basically 5 people going back and forth at each other all day and night.  I wonder whether there is a value to having a comment section where the comments tend to be more opinion as opposed to sniping at other commenters.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

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    Although I gave up on trying to comment for a while (and thus didn't visit too often) I finally did find a solution.

    third party cookies have to be enabled for some profiles to be authenticated. (I'm only guessing but that's what worked for me).

    Go into your browser's tools/options section and find the section where what kind and when cookies are allowed. Usually security section.

    activate third party cookies. Firefox allows you to enable them but have them erased when you close your browser making it less likely that a third party cookie can cause you any problems. YMMV

    As to broadening comments. Hmmm tough choice Mr. Jacobson but it's your blog and I would assume you understand the pros and cons of any options. As to my preference, for now keep it like it is and maybe look to find a more user friendly interface or go to registration.

    The easier the commenting the more spam and rowdiness BUT the more and varied opinions heard. Restrict the comments and the opinions are fewer but more considered and considerate.
    Tough choice as I said.

    I'm just glad I figured out what was wrong and can now comment. You bring up subjects and viewpoints here that aren't found elsewhere.


    I've been tempted to post my inane-ness on a few blogs running disqus, but didn't because it would require the creation of yet another login account.   But.   A move to disqus would probably be a plus for you, Professor, since it would mean no longer necessitating the moderation my comments.   😉

    Keep it simple!
    I'm not a fan of disqus, and quite frankly, I'm getting tired of multiple sign-ins for blogs that I like to frequent.

    One blog that I used to enjoy tremendously kept switching around their comment policy/signup to the point where I gave up. Apparently many others did as well, as the blog has died pretty much.

    My tendency is to compose comments a bit more carefully here than elsewhere because I must technically spell out in "long hand" any html editing I want to include. And, I know I can’t comeback to edit my comment. No doubt some others must feel likewise.

    We have to be careful to copy the word verification properly, and that may be part of the problem some are having.

    In the aggregate, the care that must be taken has surely contributed to the overall quality of comments on this site. They tend to exceed the quality of comments posted elsewhere, even when a quarrelsome debate occasionally breaks out over a point.

    The quality may also be a function of the direction of the posts themselves, but there is no way for us to have a full handle on that, in part because we don't see everything that comes in over the transom to you. But, I've only noticed once when you have posted a notice to caution trolls – during the period a little less than a month or so ago when a few gratuitous Palin-haters showed up.

    It was during the stupid but explosive "debate" over whether she had somehow caused the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords, and perhaps just after you picked up that on-air audio-kudo from Rush, as I recall.

    They travel in packs, you know!

    In that regard, I'm sure moderation has kept this site from turning into a fight club atmosphere, because just the knowledge that one might be clipped was enough to discourage many potential offenders. In other words, Professor, you may not actually single out very many comments at all for moderation, but if some form of moderation were not in place, the temptation to tack up a bunch of nasty little screeds would prove too strong for a few folks to resist, especially at a time when political passions are running high.

    And, without moderation, you'd eventually attract spam enablers, little "bed-bugs" who would repeatedly post hidden links to, uhhh … "exotic" sites, such as within the ellipses in a comment. They can be quite clever, but their grammar is always a dead give-away!

    "This having nice site ……. many congratulations over, well good!"

    They give up when they can't get through.

    Finally, Google may be having some technical difficulties. I've had a few problems, including one this morning with my site, that really puzzled me.

    Wait and see, I'd say. You've got a solid site as it is.

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