After reading your public comments and private e-mails, I’ve decided not to do anything about comments to Media Nation in the immediate future. I’ve seen several good reasons not to require people to register with Blogger, including:
- At least one correspondent whose judgment I respect thinks Blogger’s terms of service are a legal nightmare. I’ve decided not to worry about it, but I know others may differ.
- Another tells me that requiring registration won’t even eliminate blog spam — a big incentive for making the change.
- At least one third-party solution that I briefly investigated, Haloscan, doesn’t seem to do much.
Now that the semester has begun, I’ll probably let things continue unchanged until spring. After that, I plan to investigate a real third-party solution or possibly a switch to WordPress, which apparently has better comment tools.