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Why is it still asking for an email address when Ieaving a comment?

  1. I have unchecked the "author must fill out name and email" but it is still asking for this. I am a teacher of 25 children and they are not very good at typing. I need for them to concentrate on their comment not on filling out email addresses!

    The blog I need help with is swanroom10.wordpress.com.

  2. If you want to throw down the welcome mat to spammers, scammers and flesh peddlers then you can set up anonymous commenting. The vast and overwhelming majority of all so-called information on the internet is spam. Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to .wordpress.com blogs every day are spam. Spam comes in waves. There are human beings who get paid to post spam. There are robotic programs that post spam.

    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

  3. Thank you. I have had it unchecked for the whole time that I have had the blog approx 4 years and have never had a problem with spam (fingers crossed that continues). I didn't realise that although the box appears you don't have to fill it in. I've always 'put up with it', and asked the children to fill it in. I will try and get them commenting without filling in the name and email and see if that works.

    I also have "An administrator must always approve the comment" ticked so that I don't get.... anonymous commenting is bound to increase the amount of spam your blog will receive.

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