Most of the blogs I have been following for some time now, when I’ve read and commented on the post, I did not have to “login” but now I do for all of them.
Also, it seems that even previously approved comment authors show “waiting for moderation.” Maybe I missed an update from WordPress awhile back where they did some upgrade and created new defaults for all or most of us, which means we have to change them.
You may remember I previously posted about not getting response from WP asking about these issues. I sent the request to WP support on March 1st. I finally got a reply to my questions as follows:
My comment: Over the last few months I notice…more and more and more… the following:
The bloggers I am subscribed to, when I try to leave a comment it forces me to “log in” when I never had to before and many bloggers I still don’t have to login.
WP reply: It’s up to a blog owner whether they require users to log in to comment or not. It’s also a setting that can be changed at any time. For instance, on a blog where you previously didn’t need to log in, if the owner changes the setting then you’ll need to log in next time you comment.
My other comment: Regarding approvals on both sides, I notice that some blogs I am subscribed to, when I comment the message “waiting for moderation” shows up, when that would not happen previously since I had been commenting before. And a few of the subscribers to me, now when they leave a comment I get the message I have to APPROVE their comment first.
WP reply: Again, blog owners can change this setting if they want to moderate the comments that come in.
It looks like you have comments open, but you do require people to have a previously approved comment before they can comment the first time.
I did write back that although my settings are ok, as before, it is strange I would have to approve someone who had previously commented. I also asked her why I am having to login to reply to someone who has commented on my post, when I did not have to do that before; and it only started recently.
Am I imagining things, am I going crazy? :-) Ok, I know I am already crazy, but come on now!!!