Saturday, September 15, 2012

Do you have a problem leaving comments on Blogger blogs?

I'd like to know if anybody else is having difficulties leaving comments on their own blog or my blogs.

The reason for asking is that this week I suddenly could not post a comment to MY OWN BLOG courtesy of Blogger.  

I could moderate the comments of others and I could access the dashboard and publish posts - but I couldn't leave a comment.

The problem was resolved in part by stopping my comments page from being "embedded".  In other formats my Google account was recognised and I could leave comments.  When it was embedded the account was not recognised.

Embedded format
No recognition of Google account or Open ID with comments page in "embedded mode"
hence unable to leave comments

Full page format

Comment page in full page format
Google account is again recognised and I can leave a comment on my blog
More problems leaving comments!

Now I've begun to realise that embedded comment pages on other blogs are also inaccessible - and I can't leave comments on those blogs either!

I'm now wondering how many people have got a similar problem - or whether this is a one-off

So over to you - I have two questions:
  1. Do you have an embedded comments page for your Blogger blog?
  2. Have you had any problems leaving comments on your own blog?
[NOTE:  If you want to check out what setting you have:
  • go to Settings › Posts and comments
  • Under Comments check out the location of your comments function.  There are four options:
    • embedded (causes a problem for me and others using Apple)
    • full page
    • pop-up window
    • hide
This comments function is set to "full page"]

37 comments:

Kyla Hynes said...

I find the only time I cant leave comments on blogs is when people have the captcha on. Sometimes these are way to hard to read and are time consuming too! Hopefully this one goes through ;)

Sophie said...

Let' see if this comments works....

Katherine Tyrrell said...

That works fine Sophie. However I couldn't leave a comment on your blog as you have the "embedded format" for comments

Katherine Tyrrell said...

@Kyla - I have the same problems with those captha forms

I just sit there pressing one key until it generates one I can read! You don't have to give up on the first one - just make it try another one!

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

I have not had a problem posting comments on other blogs,however others have mentioned in the past that they were not able to post a comment on my blog.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

@Roger - maybe check the setting on your blog. I've now included a checklist of how to do this at the end of the blog post.

Claire said...

i've found that being continuously signed in to blogger causes problems, so i don't check the 'keep me signed in' box. the embedded comments was a problem a few months ago, so i changed my own comments to a pop-up box - though it hasn't been an issue recently.

Peggie said...

I have a problem leaving comments on any blogger blog. I keeps wanting me to use my old blogger info which I do not use any more and will not switch to any form of contact that I do use. Some people have the option of name/email or url but most do not and I just skip leaving comments much of the time

Katherine Tyrrell said...
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Katherine Tyrrell said...

@ Peggy Have you tried clearing your cache and/or getting a new Google account?

Grace Black said...

I have always used pop up windows and not had a problem, but I will monitor. Overall I notice Blogger have a habit of making small changes but don't put a lot of effort into publicizing and I have learned more about Blogger from other users like yourself.

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Thanks for the instructions.I have switched to full page format and hope that it will solve any problems that others may have had when trying to post comments on my blog.No harm in trying.

Hillary said...

I have left comments in my own blogs as both visitor and owner, only problem was deciphering the "are you a robot" code. Now I am trying to use yours as a visitor.

David J Teter said...

I have not had any problems and have the same settings as you, 'embedded below post' checked.

I also work on a Mac using the Safari browser.

Have you tried Google Help Forums?
http://support.google.com/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=portal_groups.cs

Katherine Tyrrell said...

@David - Yes, I've been searching via the Google Blogger Group and online and have picked up some references to others having problems - but I'm guessing maybe some people don't realise.

My problem is obviously related to Chrome as it works in Firefox

"Amplifying Divine Light in All" Church said...

I suddenly recently could not leave a comment on my own blog and also I can't see the "edit" function under the blog entry as I used to. It's as if it won't see me as logged in, even though I can post a new entry and do everything else.

I will try to dis-embed comments and see what happens. Thank you so much for trying to be helpful to others.

Tiffany Nguyen said...

you might want to look at this. Hope it help:

http://www.tech.spoilertv.com/2012/05/troubleshooting-comments-for-blogger.html#.UGHR0K74at8

New End Studio said...

Yes, when google defaulted the comment form from the original popup to embedded (about a year ago) I could no longer leave comments on blogs using the new embedded form. Still waiting for the engineers at google to fix this.

"Amplifying Divine Light in All" Church said...

This is a slightly different topic, but I don't know how to look for an answer. I can no longer find out how to view my blog such that the little edit pencil icon is at the bottom and the little edit wrench icon is under each of the side boxes, so I can directly get to edit from there. Is this feature gone? TIA

Katherine Tyrrell said...

I've got the exact same problem. To date I haven't found a solution and it would appear that Blogger is in another one of its ostrich phases where it ignores all feedback it gets about problems

I sent tweets direct to Blogger spelling it out - but absolutely no acknowledge or improvement in the situation.

I think maybe they're too busy sitting on their hands?

Leigh said...

I just started having this problem the other day. I do not use embedded comments on my blog so it's not a problem there, but I but cannot leave them on blogs with embedded comments. I've noted I'm not even signed into google on these blogs and it erases the comment when I do. After about 3 tries clicking preview first, it will eventually acknowledge the comment. I'm told these comments are emailed to the blog owners, but never show up on their blogs.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Leigh - that's exactly the problem I'm having. I've now lost count of the number of comments I've drafted which have been whisked away and disappeared when I pressed the button to publish

I've not yet managed to get one to publish - I'm puzzled as to exactly what it is you'e doing which gets them to publish.

charlottesplot.com said...

Hi there - commenting just because I came across your post whilst googling around Blogger comment problems. I have a wordpress account, and I frequently have problems leaving comments on Blogger blogs. I thought it was a problem between the two account types, but it seems not. It drives me insane - today, whilst trying to leave a comment on a blog I read regularly, and have commented on occasionally, I ended up going round and round in circles with Blogger telling me to prove that I wasn't a robot. I gave up. Good luck, hope you can fix your problem.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

It's probably nothing to do with Wordpress - although you should use an OpenID to get round most of your problems

I'm on Blogger and even I take 5-6 goes sometimes before I can read the code to prove I'm human. I just bang in anything until I can get one I can actually read!

Sandy said...

I'm on my Apple MacBook Pro laptop leaving this message. I have had problems leaving comments on Blogger blogs via my iPhone for over a month now. I type in my comment, google account box is checked and I hit publish. My comment disappears completely. I use to get a pop up box to log in to gmail but that doesn't happen anymore either. I tried logging into gmail and then adding a comment - no luck. I tried changing the settings on my iPhone to always allow cookies - no luck. Then I found your blog. I checked my settings on my Blogger blog and discovered comments and posts were set to "embedded". Once I changed my settings from "embedded" to "full page" for comments and posts I tested leaving a comment on my blog via my iPhone. It worked - and I noticed after I typed in my comments, linked to my google account, it popped up the log in page for gmail and once I logged in my comment published. Thank you so much for posting about this. There are probably many Bloggers who have their comments set "embedded" and don't realize comments aren't coming through. I'm going to post about this at least for my readers. Maybe I can get some Bloggers to change their settings. I use my iPhone even more now than my laptop to leave comments just because of the ease and when we travel. Thanks again for a solution!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Sandy - You'll be interested to know that my comments are now embedded again - and you were able to see it and leave a comment!

Birds Party said...

Yes, having same issue, but only opted for "embedded" because I read that was the only way to have access to the "reply" function under each comment. Otherwise we go back to the old system, where we can't reply to a direct comemment....

John Simons said...

Enable 3rd party cookies in your browser settings and it will work.

KreativCharm said...

I have the same prob!
Hopefully this gets posted!

spajonas said...

Can I comment here? I hope so. I found this post while googling why I can't comment on blogspot blogs. Been driving me nuts.

William Eadie said...

Found this because I was losing my mind from losing so many comments (using an iPhone). Saw John's post above about cookies. Let's see if this works!

William Eadie said...

This fixed it!

Kevin Jasdu said...

Hope the cookie thing fix this

stella B said...

Hi there. I'm quite new at blogging, so still trying to find my way around. Anyway lots of my readers have said they can't comment in my Blogger blog too. Only the ones in my google circles seem to be allowed. I have now changed from embedded to full page and I hope this solves the problem as it's very disheartening when no one comments on what you have written! Maybe my blog is just too darn boring, who knows!

PigTail Leo said...

Does this really work or there's still some setting I missed? Let me try make a comment for comparison in iPhone.

Denice said...

thx for the help.... i was starting to loose my mind! will check my settings asap!

cahya satrio said...

Thanks for your helpful article.

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