I am not posting anonymous comments

Sadly, there are a fair amount of comments that arrive here, and are held in moderation, without either a name or an email address. They are innocuous comments that would be posted if they bore a name and an email address (the latter is never shown on the site). As I said before, I’ve started trashing these comments because we can never identify a specific commenter so long as he/she uses “anonymous”. If this site is to work, we have to have a person associated with each name, real or not, and you must stick with your name unless for some reason that’s impossible.

When you make a comment, PLEASE fill in your name and email address (they don’t have to be the right ones, though I’d appreciate a correct email address since I sometimes contact readers), and make sure it’s in there when you submit the comment. Otherwise your comment won’t show up.

Yes, I know WordPress is being wonky these days and I’m trying to do something about it. But until we can identify the issue and fix it, please fill in your name and email.


  1. Jenny Haniver
    Posted February 24, 2019 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I wonder if some of these anonymous comments are due to reflex oversight because contributors whose names and email addresses were automatically filled in have become accustomed to post without filling in those domains so it’s become automatic simply to click “Post Comment” without thinking.

    Unless one fills in the info before entering the actual comment into the text box, it’s very easy to forget. If a suitable comment comes to my mind and I have to stop to fill in the blanks before writing the comment (which I did here), the thought can and usually does evaporate.

    I am one of those who has done this more than once (mea culpa) now that my name and email address have vanished and short of making up a new screen name and email address (which I think you suggested) which then destroys the continuity of my previous comments and my online identity. However, after seeing that photo of the bull in HIli dialogues, I might call myself Papal Bull. But since I’m a female human and an atheist, wouldn’t that be species, sexual, and religious appropriation?

    • Julian Cattaneo
      Posted February 24, 2019 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Yes, it is annoying to have to remember to add one’s name & address when it used to be done automatically. Easy to forget. Would be nice if (1) WordPress remembered posters and/or (2) made the Name & e-mail fields required.

    • Posted February 24, 2019 at 9:44 am | Permalink

      I have, in the discussion settings, just ticked the box that says ” Comment author must fill out name and email”. That might prevent this from happening, though I hope it doesn’t hurt the autofill. Let me know what happens.

  2. Posted February 24, 2019 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    It looks like your box-ticking has had the desired effect. When I tried to post this without filling in my name and email, I got an error message “ERROR: please fill the required fields (name, email).”

  3. randallschenck
    Posted February 24, 2019 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    If you get an account over at wordpress you don’t have to do anything. At least I don’t. I get no sign in area with my comments now. It automatically enters the name you see.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted February 24, 2019 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      Did you sign up as a “Follower”?

      • randallschenck
        Posted February 24, 2019 at 11:19 am | Permalink

        I don’t know. I recall it was for an account. I thought later I should cancel it but could not figure out that one either.

        As I reply to you here, just above the comment it says – Logged in as randallschenck. Then shows Log out? And just above that it states – Click here to cancel reply.

        • Jenny Haniver
          Posted February 24, 2019 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

          Thanks. I must go back and reread the comment (perhaps 2?) you made a day or two ago about signing up at WordPress. I admit I didn’t read carefully then, because I was certain I wouldn’t have to do that! But I’ve got to do something because I’m getting tired of no autofull.

  4. rom
    Posted February 24, 2019 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Well the option to autofill has come back

    • Juris Harlamovs
      Posted February 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Just a test

  5. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted February 24, 2019 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I’m one of the lucky ones: I’m still automatically logged in under my name. Maybe it is because I recently changed from ‘nicky’ to my real name?
    I imagine it would not be too difficult to create a feature that calls a poster to “please fill out name and e-mail address” before a contribution could be posted? What does WordPress say?
    I’m sure the overwhelming majority posting as ‘anonymous’ do not intend to do so, as Jennifer says, they have just become used click “post” automatically.
    That being said, I fully agree that this site would suffer if ‘anonymous’ posts were to become a usual feature.

  6. Wayne Y Hoskisson
    Posted February 24, 2019 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Auto fill stopped working for me yesterday. It is a small problem. I appreciate the rule against anonymous posting.

  7. Barbara Radcliffe
    Posted February 24, 2019 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Surely it’s not all that hard! Typing one’s name and email only takes a few seconds, and if one can’t remember one’s brilliant comment for that long, perhaps….. No I won’t say it!

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