I’m not really sure if this is a trend or just coincidence, but over the past week I’ve noticed quite a few of the blogs that I stumble upon require you to setup an account before you can leave a comment. Anyone know what is up with that?
This is obviously a very useful WordPress feature for blogs that have a strong community built around their website, but I think most people should consider the consequences before they require you to register to comment. A choice like this could keep truly hinder a new blogs growth or discourage a blogger who isn’t seeing the reader interaction they were hoping for.
As with pretty much everything, there are some positives and some negatives to doing this. Off the top of my head, here are a few positives and negatives of requiring registration to leave a comment on a blog:
Positives of Registration
- Spam Prevention – Requiring registration should stop spam completely.
- More Options – Requiring registration opens up some interesting opportunities to customize comment appearance, allow you to create profiles, etc. I’ve seen a few high profile websites do this, but the registration usually is optional instead of being required.
Negatives of Registration
- Less Comments – Some people value comments more than others, but I think most bloggers would find less comments to be a negative as the whole concept of blogging was formed around the concept of reader interaction with the writer.
I personally do not leave comments on blogs that require registration because it just isn’t worth it to me. I have enough accounts to manage without trying to remember my account information. I also think things like spam can easily be avoided for WordPress users using tools like Akismet and Bad Behavior, Spam Karma 2, or Math Comment Spam Protection (which we use here).
I’d like to hear what you think in the comments below. How do you feel about blogs that require registration to comment? Do you take the time to register or do you just decide not to comment at all?