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Why must readers register before commenting?

  1. Several readers tell me they recently they began having to register at my blog before they can leave comments. They find this discouraging (as would I), and the number of comments I've been receiving has fallen off drastically. Why this new requirement? Can it be changed?
    Blog url: http://monkeytraps.wordpress.com/

  2. 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 will still appear but providing an email address and logging in are not required. There is no way for us blogger to remove the prompt. It's up to us to post instructions in a text widget if we wish to tell the world that the blog comments can comment anonymously.

    Anonymous commenting can lead to receiving lots of spam. (1) the vast and overwhelming majority of all information on the internet is spam (2) over 80% of the so-called comments submitted to free hosted WordPress.com blog every day are spam.

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