Recently, I've had several people tell me that they were unable to leave a comment on my blog without logging in. This is weird because nothing on my end has changed - the box about requiring users to log in remains unchecked. Today one person did a screen capture of what they saw when they tried to post on my blog. And then I tried it myself - by logging out and trying to leave a comment. Sure enough, the box pops up, asking them to log in.
Searching through the forums, I found this closed thread: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/readers-comments?replies=2#post-852516
And the response:
We only require visitors that already have a WordPress.com or Gravatar account to login before they leave a comment.
OK so when did this change? And why? (And no, it's not included in the documentation.)
Better yet - what can I do to make this go away? Just because someone has a gravatar or wordpress.com account doesn't mean that they even remember setting it up, much less the password! It shouldn't be required, it should be a setting in the dashboard.
Can somebody point me to how to fix this?
The blog I need help with is blog.vivianpaige.com.