Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pick your identity

Since I will be on vacation next week, I'll pre-post this somewhat whiney blog to magically appear around Wednesday.

I understand that Blogspot is trying to reach out and get viewers and commenters from other programs but I've noticed in the last several weeks that posting a comment is not as easy as it used to be.  I used to knock out my comment, choose to post as Mark, Butler and Bagman, and hit the send button.  Sometimes I have to type in the silly meaningless and sometimes evocative "word" to prove that I am a living person instead of an automated piece of spam.

But now, more and more, I have to chose which identity to use -- Live ID, Google Account, AIM, URL, etc.  

What is often frustrating is that my first inclination is to try and be mygoogleself.  So I type in my ID and password.  Sometimes nothing happens.  Sometimes I lose my original comment.  And sometimes, instead of appearing as my-google-self my comment starts off with "Anonymous said" -- how will they know it is me? 

Sometimes, after trying two or three times to post a comment, I just give up.  

Whine whine whine.


  1. Mark, people were having that problem on my blog so I finally changed to a new template and it solved my problem. My opinion of what happened is that they had some kind of a software update that screwed up the comment section programming on some of the blog templates. Anyway, it has worked fine ever since I changed.

  2. Same happened to me last week, several times. In the end, I gave up commenting for that day and tried again the next, and since then it has worked again just fine.

  3. I went through a period of time where commenting was virtually impossible. It kept wanting me to "sign in", and when I did, it simply reverted to the "sign in" screen again.

    Just another reason there are shoe marks on the side of my computer.

  4. @Jack: exactly that's what happened to me on that day last week when I gave up on commenting until the next day, when it worked absolutely fine again.
    Poor 'puter - it wasn't its fault, you know...

  5. Same here. Very annoying. Have a great vacation.