I will not comment on a blog if I have to register first

Must be logged in to post a comment to InsideFacebook.com *sigh*

I was reading this interesting blog post on InsideFacebook.com about how a guy wrote a popular Facebook app and is now suffering because he is getting more users then his systems know how to handle.

I was going to join the conversation and leave my 2 cents but before you can leave a comment you have to register. I just don’t care enough go through the hassle and time it takes to register. I’m just not going to leave my comment.

I have been seeing this more and more on blogs. They make you register before you leave a comment.

I understand that this is a technique to stop comment spammers. I run multiple blogs. I know how much a pain comment spam can be but forcing a user to register is too big of a barrier to entry. It kills the conversation and the community.

I want to be able to just drop in my comment and leave. I don’t want to have to think about it.

Am I being harsh? If not, what alternative methods do you guys use to stop comment spam?

2 thoughts on “I will not comment on a blog if I have to register first”

  1. I don’t think that’s harsh. It’d be easier to switch on moderation or keyword moderation for each comment rather than have the pallava of registration and authentication codes for commentors. I have certain keywords tagged to go to moderation only and some email domains (sorry hotmail users) flagged for moderation too and that seems to work well for me so far.

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