Administrivia – Commenting issues

As an attempt to keep blog-spam under control, I require anyone commenting to leave a name and email address. I don’t care if they are real or valid – it just helps fend off the bots.

I don’t require you to be logged in to anything in order to post comments. However, it turns out that WordPress do (I host this on If you try to comment using an email address associated with a account, and you aren’t logged in to that, then WordPress will ask you to log in.

This is not something I can turn off, unfortunately – part of the price of a hosted solution. 😦

If you see this, the easiest thing to do is use a fake email address. Add something like ‘-nologin’ to the end of you username (e.g. ‘’) – I can trim that off later when approving comments if you ask.

Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 20 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 22 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

2 thoughts on “Administrivia – Commenting issues”

    1. In four years of using WordPress, I’ve never had a spam comment get past Askimet. However, I do get some flagged, which means I have to review it and discard it.

      If I turn off the require email setting, I get hundreds a week. With it on, I get about 10. So I leave it on.

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