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Saturday, October 03, 2015

OpenID Commenting, With Blogger / Google Accounts

Blog guests and owners who wish to use OpenID, for posting comments, may need to logout from Blogger, before commenting.

It appears that when commenting, someone logged in to Blogger or Google will use the Blogger / Google account for authentication, automatically - instead of an OpenID account - even when preferring to use OpenID, and the blog permits use of OpenID.

Many blog owners permit use of OpenID, as comment authentication.

In the dashboard Settings - Posts and comments, set "Who can comment?" to "Registered User - includes OpenID".


"Registered User" should allow choice of Google or OpenID account, when the comment is being published.


But with the "Registered User" option selected, a guest, commenting on a blog, will be authenticated using a Blogger / Google account - if currently logged in to Blogger / Google.

In one case reported in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, a Blogger user, with an interfering cookie filter, was logged in to Blogger / Google - but was unable to use either the Google or OpenID account, when commenting.


A test comment was published - but it was anonymous.



Neither the Google, or OpenID, identity were displayed.


The immediate solution was to logout from Blogger / Google - then the OpenID account (which was WordPress hosted) became usable.

The general solution, to this problem, appears to be to use two browsers, when commenting.
  1. The primary browser, for Blogger / Google authenticated activity.
  2. The secondary browser (or possibly an Incognito / Private browser window), for anonymous and OpenID commenting activity.

I can't see any obvious benefit to having both Google and OpenID authentication as an alternate choice, in the same browser window - so maybe this is a righteous solution.

Dude, hit me with a comment!