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Please allow anonymous comments

  1. I often visit two blogs where where none ever leave a comment, though the authors are of the open and socially gifted kind that love answering comments.

    I love to write comments, but dislike receiving them and do not want to multiply myself on those blogs, and so I often try to write anonymously.

    I think WordPress tolerates that, but I am sorry I have to invent false email addresses to do it.

    The blog I need help with is cantueso.wordpress.com.

  2. ... invalid.com gets quite a few emails from people following up WordPress comments!

    Personally I agree, there is little point on making an email address mandatory if it is not verified

  3. I ought to have added that I always write from this computer. The blog author knows that the anonymous comment comes from me. The idea is simply that in the sidebar, instead of several comments from "cantueso", there would be mail from "hellfire", "julietta28", "black sparrow".

    I knew somebody who could do this marvellously well. He operated in a forum with half a dozen different personalities that even fought with each other. But I cannot do that.

  4. We can set up anonymous commenting already so I'm not clear on what you want here.

    This page > Settings > Discussion is where you set up defaults for comments.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/

    Discussion Settings
    Other comment settings
    _Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
    _Users must be registered and logged in to comment

    Note that the prompt to submit and email address and a website URL will still appear, but providing an email address and logging in are not required, and you cannot change this so the prompt does not appear.

    You can post instructions for your visitors in a text widget if you wish to set up anonymous commenting. That's easy to do. You copy and paste this into a text widget:

    Readers: Note that the email address and logging in prompts do appear for comments on this blog, but providing an email address and logging in are not required.

    P.S. Do be sure to set up full comment moderation ie. "An administrator must always approve the comment" because anonymous commenting is bound to increase the amount of spam your blog will receive.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation

  5. To Timethief:

    There is a misunderstanding. I would like to be able to comment anonymously on two of my friends' blogs without having to invent e-mail addresses.

    I am not trying to hide my identity, but to avoid what I have been told was called "blog hogging": using somebody else's blog to exhibit your own.

  6. I am not trying to hide my identity, but to avoid what I have been told was called "blog hogging": using somebody else's blog to exhibit your own.

    If you did that on my blog from multiple identities then your blog URL would end up in my comment blacklist - nobody would ever be able to mention it in a comment again

  7. But I exchange private correspondence with this blogger, and he knows who I am and can also see it from my IP.

    If I visited your blog only about once a month, but then stayed for half an hour and wrote careful comments on three or more posts, would you want my name and icon to be repeated threee or four times on your sidebar? To your visitors that would look as if you were receiving spam.

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