Problems commenting?

I wanted to provide a quick update on one change to the blog we made last night. There was an issue with comments by people not registered on the blog, or not logged in. When someone is not logged in as a user, they can still comment. However, they have to fill in a name and (optional) email address. However, a saavy member of the AboveLevel community found a glitch – it was possible to use the username and/or email address of a registered user when commenting. To avoid confusion (and possible impersonation), we changed this last night.

Now, anyone who is not logged in cannot post a comment using the name or email address of a registered user. If they try, the following message will be displayed:

You have tried to comment using the name or email of a registered user. Please change the name and/or email address. If you are the registered user, you are not logged in. Please log in on the home page. Sorry for the inconvenience.

This may be confusing if you have been posting comments using your username and email address in the comment form, without logging in. Your browser may remember these using a cookie, and automatically fill in these fields when you try to comment.

This does not mean you are logged in! And you will see the above error message when you post a comment.

If you are logged in, you should see the phrase “You are logged in as username…” on the comment form. I’ll try to post some screenshots later clarify.

UPDATED with screenshots if your having problems:

Here’s what it looks like on the comment form when you are logged in:

Logged in screenshot

Here’s what it looks like when you are not logged in:

Not logged in screenshot

5 Responses to Problems commenting?

  1. JC says:

    Thanks Beth! -JC (who is not “jc”)

  2. denu220 says:

    Great modification, Beth!

  3. bella92290 says:

    It AMAZES me what people have time to do…..why would someone write a post using someone elses screen name,,,,,,anywho nice change, thank you!

  4. colwilrin says:

    It is actually kind of silly, isn’t it. Especially because of the small size of the Morgan community, after someone talks enough on the blog, you can kind of figure out who they are.

  5. Black Eye Beth says:

    Actually the time it happened, it was just an honest mistake. Many people use their initials and lots of people have the same ones. After it happened it occurred to us that it could happen again (innocently or intentionally) so we needed to fix the “glitch”.

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