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Anonymous commenting

Wed, 01 May 2013 14:09:04 GMT

Is there any way to allow anonymous commenting? It seems that at the moment the flow is 'log in and post'.

Courtney Couch
Wed, 01 May 2013 16:59:05 GMT

We do not allow anonymous commenting. It's a design decision on our part to help eliminate noise. We prefer quality over quantity content and as such only registered users can post. To solve the issue with people not wanting to post always under their identity we're all owing users to create pseudonyms and post under those. This way people can still post somewhat anonymously while still removing the noise that comes along with purely anonymous posting. We will likely elaborate more on the reasons for going this route and our views on identity in a later blog post.

Thu, 02 May 2013 14:56:25 GMT

Thanks for the response. For my particular use, I'm embedding in a site and the plan is to make it as easy as possible to comment. I guess this will have to do! Thanks

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:08:46 GMT

Is there any way, there will be something like an option for anonymous / guestcommenting in the future. I really like moot, but got a lot of complaints on my blog for having to log in to comment.

Courtney Couch
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:57:32 GMT

At the moment we do not have any plans for anonymous commenting options. It's possible to implement anonymous commenting through SSO creating a default guest account though.

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:06:02 GMT

That sounds interessting. How would I do that? (still new to it all ;-))

Courtney Couch
Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:40:22 GMT

Well using SSO (which is a *paid* feature by the way) you can have users authenticated according to your existing user database. Someone could just have a default account with maybe a name "Guest" that you authenticate users as when they are not logged in. Technically they wouldn't be anonymous, you would just give everyone access to a single Guest account to use when they are not logged in. You could even create unique guest accounts based on some cookie identifier: "Guest_123123123" so that users don't share a single account. How it would be implemented would be up to you and your developers but SSO allows you to decide how and when users are authenticated.

Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:10:47 GMT

Hmm, but requires an additional own (Guest) authenticating system... Thanks anyway

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:23:10 GMT

Anonymous commenting encourages contributing and honesty. Give a man a mask and he will show you his true self.

Ivan Nikitin
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:14:25 GMT

Hi, Courtney. I thought that way and installed Disqus on my wife's website which also requires an account to let you comment. Almost nobody commented. Then we went back to standard WordPress comment system that allows you to comment without creating an account. You enter your name, email and comment gets posted. After that people started posting much more frequently. I believe 100% increase or so.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:28:08 GMT

As a Muut subscriber, would also love to have anonymous commenting. Like someone above, we have a teaching website (that doesn't have login at all), so installing an additional SSO is troublesome. We purposely didn't use a website that needed logging in... and now we may discontinue Muut once our year is up since we need anonymous commenting function.