Friday, February 15, 2008

Blogging Pet Peeve: Registration

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been expanding my blog reading list, and in doing so, I really started to develop a particular pet peeve.

Blogs requiring you sign up individually to comment.

Now I don't mean getting a Blogger id or LiveJournal account, because they are in effect skeleton keys for thousands of blogs across their servers. No, I am talking about blogs that require you to basically set up an account that will only work at that particular one before you can comment.

So basically, I have to really be committed to leave any form of feedback, and to me, having such a prohibition to me at least diminishes the sense of community, and you know I am huge on that. I also have to have a lot of trust in that person and their security, even though I would use a unique password to set up such an account, which means that I have to keep track of that if I want to return later for follow up inquiries.

Let's just say that in the past, such policies have led to some blogs missing out on Transmundanity Awards. Yes, I am that petty sometimes.

Don't get me wrong... on some level I understand the rational behind their decision, really I do. I know there are some unscrupulous people out there who just love to spam places up and/or leave nasty comments where ever they go, and I can see why some people would choose to make their place a little harder to get into. That being said, unless you are getting flooded by negative comments or spam, I think the benefits of building a community and allowing others to stop and leave a contribution to your collective.

I just had to get that off my chest.


Anonymous said...

I hate that too, just having to register to leave a comment must be annoying.

Tracey said...

I'm with you on this one...sometimes I really want to comment but it's all made too hard.


MC said...

I just think the whole practice is counterproductive.

Anonymous said...

You're no pettier than I! I won't read a blog if I have to jump through hoops to comment AND (this is awful) won't put it in my feed reader if they only allow a snippet to show in the reader.

MC said...

I'm not at that point just yet... but there may be a day when I do something like that with the feeds too.

Micgar said...

I have had that happen to me too-gathering up my thoughts to post a comment and then...the let down-a form to register! Damn! That sucks!