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More Stupidity from Blogger

Posted by Melanie Phung on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 6:48 pm

I think someone at Blogger read my post about 9 ways Blogger sucks and decided to help me fill the list out to an even 10.

Somewhere in the past week or two, without so much as a heads up, Blogger changed the system for leaving comments so that you can no longer link your name to whatever site you want. Now you have to log in with an OpenId (I have no idea what the hell that is, thanks to Blogger’s less-than-stellar communication) and if you’re a Blogger user the name you leave with your comments now links to your Blogger profile or nothing at all.

Seriously?

That’s stupid. When I leave comments on a blog, I don’t want my name to link to that gawd-awful Blogger profile page; I don’t want that Blogger profile page to rank well for my name; and I imagine no one who’s interested in a comment I left and wants to know more about my opinions (hey, it could happen) would care to get sent to that profile page instead of my blog. Why in the world did they make this change? I can’t see how this improves the user experience one bit, and it sure is going to get a lot of people like me annoyed. I get the whole wanting-authentication thing, but it should be an option available to blog owners, not a requirement – and the link should go to OpenId owner’s site, not the Blogger profile page.

First they changed Blogger to make it pretty much impossible to go in and edit the code (because they don’t trust us with the XML) and now this.

I’m taking bids from anyone who wants to help me migrate this blog over to WordPress.

p.s. Obviously you can add still insert a link with your comments by including a signature, but I find that to be really inelegant and somewhat obnoxious in blog comments, and I resent Blogger forcing me to do that.

p.p.s. I haven’t tried this, so don’t hold me responsible if this blows up your site or opens up security vulnerabilities, but here’s a possible work-around.

Comments (4)

Category: Blogger

4 Comments

Comment by marshal

Made Saturday, 29 of December , 2007 at 5:07 am

The more they create roadblocks that can only be resolved by Teche’s they lose the larger audience all this constant change is like new age music no beginning no end just a middle part!

Comment by Carter

Made Monday, 7 of January , 2008 at 1:08 am

Why not convert to WordPress? The import function in WP works really well.

Comment by Melanie Phung

Made Tuesday, 8 of January , 2008 at 10:14 pm

Well, I am in the process of evaluating different options for migrating to WP. Hope to have that done within the next month or so.

But it looks like Blogger listened to all the complaints and made it possible to leave comments using your own nickname/URL again. Thank dogs for small favors.

Comment by Daniel

Made Wednesday, 9 of January , 2008 at 3:38 am

I’m a big fan of WordPress — it’s by far the easiest blog software I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve worked with my share.

And I agree, Blogger’s interface sucks, a lot.

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