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This one goes into Policy.
Recently, while happening to post a comment on a friend's blog I happened to notice that Blogger.com blogs no longer allow me to identify myself with a URL while commenting. To me (and a lot of other bloggers), posting a comment on a Blogger.com blog has always been like jumping through an obstacle course. And now the final straw: you can no longer leave behind any identifying information while leaving a comment other than a "nickname" if you choose not to log in to your google account. :crazy:
I don't care about not about getting a link back for posting a comment (a link back from a Blogspot/Blogger comments page is not worth the bytes wasted on it anyway). It's about identifying myself to the blog owner and other commenters. A nickname is just not enough sometimes. I felt that using the URL field is a fair and acceptable way to tell the blog owner (and other commenters) who I am. I know blogs where there are multiple commenters with the same nickname and the best way to publicly identify themselves is by their URL. By denying a URL, Blogger has effectively reduced me to anonymity. I refuse to post anonymous comments as a matter of principle even if the blog owner knows me from my usual nickname. I know for a fact that there are few other bloggers with the nickname "hari" (it's not just a theoritical objection: I've seen instances where another "hari" has posted comments on the same blog where I have).
So I am no longer going to post comments on Blogger blogs any more. If I know you well enough, I can always comment on your articles by e-mail and you can publicize that if you wish. If I don't know you well enough to have your e-mail ID, then you wouldn't really be upset that I haven't commented on your blog now, would you? And more in general, I'm not going to post comments on blogs where I feel ignored and where the blog owners refuse to reciprocate or even reply over a period of time.
Posted on Thu, Dec 6, 2007 at 10:03 IST (last updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2008 @ 20:19 IST)