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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To WordPress by Susan Gunelius

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Is It Okay to Require Visitors to Register in Order to Leave Comments on My Blog Posts? (WordPress.org and WordPress.com)

Let me put it this way: the more restrictions and requirements you put in place in an effort to reduce spam or useless comments from being submitted to your blog, the more overall comments and conversation will decrease. If your goal is to grow your blog and the traffic to it, leave commenting open to anyone, as recommended in the configuration suggestions found in Chapter 7.
 
Requiring registration, log in, or personally identifying information absolutely helps keep comments on point and helpful. However, even honest visitors don’t always like to identify themselves or take the time to register or log in to submit a comment ...

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