Yesterday, I was reading a bunch of random blogs that I had linked to from various places. Out of the bunch, I wanted to comment on only two of them, but I didn’t leave my comments. Why? Because both of the blogs required that I register in order to comment.
Why do that? I mean, yes, it cuts down on spam. Yes, it allows you to moderate comments and only allow approved comments on the site, but even asking for the least amount of info possible (my e-mail address and a password) was enough to put me off altogether.
Regular readers will know that I get a truckload of comment spam (every time I write about comment spam, I seem to get more of it, so prepare for an influx). Lately, I’ve been getting between two and eight comments a day that are spam. But I don’t whine about it (much) and I don’t require my readers to register. I simply (and diligently) delete the spam as it comes in. Before anyone jumps to any conclusions, I want to point out that I’m not complaining. I could write a little PHP script that would detect most of the spam and simply refuse it, but I’m going to be upgrading to the newest version of MovableType soon (the plan is to do it next month) and I’m interested to see how well the built-in spam filter works (the version I’m using doesn’t have one).
The point of all of this was just to wonder aloud what the point of forcing users to register is. I’m much more willing to register if it’s a site like Blogger or LiveJournal, because chances are that I’ll leave comments on several blogs hosted at those sites (and I do). But why in the world would I bother to register for a site where the registration doesn’t apply anywhere else? Especially since I’m not likely to return to the site after I’ve left my one comment. I could require registration on my site, and it’s probable that my regular readers would sign up. But the casual reader wouldn’t, and the internet is composed primarily of casual users.
In my mind, it just doesn’t make sense, but I’d like to hear what you guys think. Have you run into a situation where a site required registration? Did you bother to register, or did you just leave without commenting?
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