I assume that Blogger, like Google Reader itself, is slowly going the way of Google Reader Shares. Blogger is legacy GoogleMinus, not a good fit for the post-2011 Google. A small but dedicated team doesn't have the resources to keep it healthy.
I have looked at Disqus but $1,200 a year for SSO is too much for my budget. Other suggestions are welcome; I'd like a commenting system for Blogger that:
- Gives me control over what identity-authentication systems to enable, or, better yet, lets me define comment-rules on the basis of identity-authentication.
- Lets me blacklist authenticated users.
- Costs about $100 a year.
Anonymous comments would be nice to have, but they require spam filtering and CAPTCHA doesn't work any more. I'm afraid they are toast.
I suspect I can't get the commenting solution I want for Blogger, so I may have to switch to authentication via Google or turn them off altogether pending a future WordPress migration.
- Gordon's Notes: CAPTCHA has failed, and so anonymous comments may go too.
- Gordon's Tech: Spammers have found a hole in Blogger's comment system
Update: I've revised the title of this post, because when I actually, you know, looked at the current Blogger options they include OpenID as well as Google's authentication. Blogger comments support is still dated by current standards, but I'll switch to Google/OpenID, reenable notification for comments by email when > 2 weeks old, and leave out CAPTCHA. No more anonymous comments sadly.
For self-hosted WordPress installations, excellent anti-spam plugins are available. Google seems to abandon its anti-spam measures for Blogger, probably in favor of Google+ … Gmail shows that Google's anti-spam can be top-notch.
From a reader's perspective, I've never understood the attraction of blogger, neither reading (themes!) nor commenting is user-friendly.
I used to blog using Wordpress. (I eventually decided that there was very little I wanted to say or blog about, so let the blog go dormant.
Wordpress used to present me with two or three spam comments a day, even after I had stopped blogging. Not even closing comments after x number of days seemed to help. The only solution was to make the blog invisible to search engines, and of course that I did only because the blog was by then dormant.
This was at least three years ago, but might help in deciding about Wordpress.
Since I disabled anonymous posting, allowing OpenID or Google authentication with moderation, things have been MUCH better.
I'd like more authentication options, but OpenID covers a good range.
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