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Blog comments and what the average user expects from them.


njdubois

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I'm in the process of learning about SEO.  I figured that I would design and code a simple blogging system at the same time.  I need to learn to use mysqli, and how to harden my code for security reasons so I'm doing it all kinda at once.

 

I'm just curious as I have not been much of a blogger.  What is expected by users when it comes to comments, and leaving them.

 

IE: can I get away without a user login system.  Enter your name, your email and the comment and call her a day?  Or should I have a user registration process?

 

The only reason I can think of having a log in system is if I want to let users edit their comments.   It would also allow me to limit spam/fake posts.

 

Thoughts?  Opinions?  Previous experiences?

 

Thanks

Nick

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What is expected by users when it comes to comments, and leaving them.

I expect crude jokes and degrading insults made against the author.

 

IE: can I get away without a user login system.  Enter your name, your email and the comment and call her a day?  Or should I have a user registration process?

...Oh, that's what you're talking about.

 

User registration:

+ Lets you track user activity

+ Encourages the user to give better comments than if they were anonymous

+ Gives the user an identity they can keep

- Requires registration

- Makes it harder for someone to offer a quick, one-time comment on your site

 

Anonymous comments (even if they have to enter an email address):

+ Quick and easy to implement

+ Quick and easy to use

+ Anonymous

- Harder to moderate a troublesome user

- Anonymous

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I'd suggest that you let people register/login through some well known site like facebook, google, twitter, etc.

 

I know personally I am somewhat more apt to sign up and try something if I can just hit "Login with google." If I have to create a unique account just for that site then it's not worth my time and I move on. I suspect many people would think similarly.

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I agree!  I think that this is the way of the future.  Especially when bio-metrics take off.  I've already been thinking about that.  My plan is to keep it simple, and provide a package that anyone can use.  SEO minded developer friendly blog platform.  Having that built in may make things simpler or more complex.  I have to find out, do research, for example I know you need a key for google maps.  

 

I'll look into it!

 

Thanks for the advice.

 

Nick

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