Is there any way I can make it so that visitors to my blog who AREN'T MEMBERS OF TRAVELLERSPOINT can write comments on my blog? It seems kind of ridiculous that this isn't possible that I can see. What's more, the message at the bottom of each entry seems to imply that it IS possible, and that I (the owner of the blog) have just set it so that people can't.
I would like to stay with travellerspoint because it has a lot of things going for it, but this is a serious drawback as I suspect I will quickly lose interest in blogging my travels without feedback from friends and family.
I don't think there should be any need for my friends and family to have to join a travelling community to be able to post on our entries, since they, for the most part, aren't travellers themselves.
Any problem with spam can be eradicated by giving the blog owner powers to delete comments.
I really hope that comments are possible because if not, I'll have to find somewhere else to host my travel blog. Which I really do not want to do.
It isn't currently possible for people to post anonymously. The spam is a real concern for us and that is what has stopped us from making it possible (plus, TP is free to join anyway, so it's hardly a large hurdle). It might be possible to allow commenting through openID accounts in the future or perhaps by using one of those systems that requires the user to type the letters displayed in a randomly generated image. Would that be an acceptable implementation? No guarantees that it will happen any time soon, but I'm happy enough to explore the possibility. Particularly if there are others with this same complaint.
Re: Typing the letters - I've never found having to do that to be much of a hassle - I think it would be a very good improvement to at least have the option of making a comment without joining. OpenID would also be a good way to go.
I saw at least one other member with the same complaint, after very brief check of this forum! Thanks for considering other options, I hope they'll be implemented at some point.
The main problem with the ability to comment without registration is that although blog owners will probably delete any spam that gets through when they're active, a lot won't check their blog (and certainly not old entries on their blog) once they stop travelling. While the spammers make no distinction between recent and old posts to comment on.
When registration is required, just one spam comment needs to be noticed for all spam to be easily deleted. Without a registered account to tie the spam together, that won't be the case anymore. As such, I'd recommend that even with a CAPTCHA (those letters in a randomly generated image) or similar (which, btw, won't stop determined spammers anymore), the ability to comment without registering would be restricted to a timespan of two or three weeks after the original post was made to give the best possible chance of the blog owner seeing those comments (commenting itself would remain open indefinitely of course, but after those initial weeks just the same as now, with required registration).