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1. Posted by luzian (Full Member 36 posts) 7y

Hi,
Just a quick question from me today... when I chose 'yes' in the blog option "Visitors can comment on entries", shouldn't people be able to comment without become a member of Travellerspoint? Or is there a setting for this? I would like my friends/family etc. to be able to comment on my blog, but don't think it makes sense to ask them to become a member just to leave one comment...
Cheers from Corfu/Greece ;)
Luzian

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 7y

Unfortunately, no.

The setting toggles between not allowing comments at all, and allowing comments from members.

If we allowed comments from anyone (even with such incredibly annoying hurdles as CAPTCHAs), the spam bots would very quickly overrun the system (there's well over 13,000 blogs on travellerspoint, which makes us a rather high value target for spammers, which means they'd quickly put in the effort to overcome most technical hurdles we could put in place).
Since the people running these blogs are travellers, a significant percentage of them will - almost per definition - not constantly have the opportunity to delete spam comments themselves. (Besides this, we believe they should never have to.) Additionally there's a lot of people who ran their blog during their travels, and are now letting it languish until their next trip. Those people wouldn't be around to deal with spam either.

Because of that, having potential commenters go through the registration process is really the best solution we've been able to come up with. We do realize this is annoying for friends and family members, but we've tried to make the registration process as painless as possible, requiring only the bare minimum of information. If you want to make it even easier for them, you could also set up an account for them yourself, and just give them the login information.
(Of course we believe travellerspoint is a really useful site, and do hope that family members and friends look around and maybe start using the site themselves - but the concern of fighting spammers is the largest reason by far for the way this has been structured.)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 18, 2008, at 2:20 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

This is one of those things that I'd really love to change :(

luzian, would you prefer having comments be freely available, with the downside being that you'd have to self administer all of them? So you'd have to approve any comment before it's allowed to show basically.

That's really the best I can think of in terms of allowing this, but I wouldn't be surprised if you get in excess of 100 spam comments for every real comment :(

4. Posted by Bluebirdd (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I can't get my comments to post on my friend's new blog. It redirects me to a message that says that my computer may not be connected to the internet (not true) and a few other things that don't make any sense. Is this a problem with my friend's blog or is there something wrong with the site?

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 7y

This is something that I periodically think of bringing up, before remembering why it wasn't done that way to begin with.

I'd love to allow non members to respond (some people just don't like signing up to things - i am one of them - for, essentially, no good reason), but also don't want to have to approve individual comments myself (on the road, that can take time and bandwith that in some places is very expensive &/or slooooow). CAPCHA's are a possibility, but i know they aren't always liked.

Sam - If you can come up with a cunning idea (Sander - You are always good with cunning ideas and like techy type challenges...) for a halfway option that would allow it, it would be great!

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting Gelli

Sam - If you can come up with a cunning idea (Sander - You are always good with cunning ideas and like techy type challenges...) for a halfway option that would allow it, it would be great!

Actually have something lined up that I'd love to have a few bloggers test and see how it works. Interested? It'll probably go live today or tomorrow.

Bluebirdd, what is the link to your friends blog? Sounds like a weird error!

7. Posted by Bluebirdd (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

My friend's blog is at http://paydro.travellerspoint.com. The error message I get has this address: http://tpblog/5/ I tried just posting on someone else's blog too, and got a similar message except I think the address was tpblog/6/ not 5. Maybe it is some kind of security setting/cookies/etc. on my computer?

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting Bluebirdd

My friend's blog is at http://paydro.travellerspoint.com. The error message I get has this address: http://tpblog/5/ I tried just posting on someone else's blog too, and got a similar message except I think the address was tpblog/6/ not 5. Maybe it is some kind of security setting/cookies/etc. on my computer?

Hmm, something was uploaded that wasn't really ready to go up without another change (actually relating directly to the original question in this thread!), so that mistake was fully ours. I just noticed your comment has gone through after I uploaded a fix. Sorry about that!

9. Posted by Bluebirdd (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Thanks, Sam.

10. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 7y

Actually have something lined up that I'd love to have a few bloggers test and see how it works. Interested? It'll probably go live today or tomorrow.

Sure. Just let me know