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Problems With Posting Comments To Blogs, With Popup Comments Form Used

Many problems with Blogger Commenting are related to the comment entry form. Besides the well known post template corruption problem, that is known to affect blogs using inline comments ("Embedded below post"), there are problems (not as well known) with blogs using a popup comment window.

Web sites which spawn popup (miniature) windows have been around for years. Besides some web sites which use popup windows for authentication ("Enter your name and password"), and error alerts ("Sorry, you can't do that - but here are some other possibilities"), there's one well known - and thoroughly disliked - use for popup windows.

Popup windows are very popular for displaying advertisements. Long ago, some spammers discovered that they can be used to display spam contents. Many browsers, by default, block popup windows.

If your blog uses the popup comments form, and some readers complain that they can't leave comments, this is one possible reason why they are complaining. You may have to advise them to configure their browsers, to allow popups from "blogger.com", "blogspot.com", and / or "google.com".

Besides the problems specific to the popup comments form, advise your readers of possible problems with CAPTCHA (word puzzle) verification (should you use that for commenting, in your blog), and for authentication (for any non anonymous comment entry). Both of those require the proper browser security settings also.

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