Drupal Anonymous Comments

I have found what could probably be considered my first “silly” gripe with Drupal, and that is the default action for Anonymous comments. Since I don’t necessarily plan to start opening regular accounts for people (not enough traffic will ever visit this site to warrant that, let’s be honest), comments to blog entries and the ilk will be of the “anonymous” kind, which is fine and dandy. I think just about any blogging tool allows this now. However, what others do and Drupal didn’t until yesterday was ask for a name, e-mail, and web address, so that I can actually place who left the comment and form a bit of context. This always struck me as rather odd, so I had a search around, and it turns out that the functionality is already built in to Drupal, no other add-ons required, I just needed to enable it.

To do so, I have to edit each individual content type (Image, Blog, Feed Item, Story, Audio, Video, Vlog) and set them to require said details for anonymous comments. This is rather ridiculous from one perspective, but sensible from the other. It allows great individual control over each portion of your website, but in this day and age of automated spam bots and other kinds of nasties, one would have thought that having “detailed anonymous” comments would be the default option!

Someone really didn’t think that one through at all. As a result, I am left wondering who a couple of the more thoughtful comments on my site belong to. Feel free to let me know, and if you are out there, thank you for taking the time to drop me a line.

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