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Comment problem when registered users not logged in

  • I’m having a very strange problem with the commenting function…I’m fairly certain that it did not exist before, and I have not made any changes such as upgrades or adding new plugins.

    If a person is a registered User, as all of my Authors/Contributors/Editors are, WordPress seems to (now) be requiring that they be logged in to comment – if they are not logged in, but just fill in the Name/Email/URL fields, they get presented with a blank screen when they click on “Submit” to post their comment.

    I have spent days searching, and tried all of the solutions others said worked for them……here’s what I tried and eliminated as culprits:

    1. I made sure my Settings>Discussion> “Users must be registered and logged in to comment ” is UNchecked;

    2. Optimized, repaired, dropped and re-added the wp_comments table;

    3. Repaired my database;

    4. Double-checked the /wp-includes/comment.php, /wp-comments-post.php, and my theme’s comments.php files to be sure all the suggestions having to do with mods there were incorporated (they were, I didn’t need to make any changes).

    As mentioned, this has not been a problem before, but for some reason now WP seems to check the commenter’s email, and if it belongs to a registered user, they must log in to comment or they get the blank screen.

    Anyone have any experience with this? I’d really like to change this behaviour as I don’t want to force anyone – registered or not – to log in to comment.

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  • As mentioned, this has not been a problem before, but for some reason now WP seems to check the commenter’s email, and if it belongs to a registered user, they must log in to comment or they get the blank screen.

    Just tested and I cannot repo that. You can use this plugin to stop people from using the emails of registered users: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/impostercide/ – It may help.

    Hi lpstenu – thanks for responding.

    But the problem isn’t impostors trying to comment, it was one of my authors who reported it to me. She had tried to reply to a comment left on one of her posts, but using the name/email/url fields instead of logging in, and got the blank screen. It was only after much searching and testing that I finally asked her to log in, and then the comment went through with no problem. Unregistered users do not have this problem.

    SO I realize that it’s not a critical problem, but I don’t understand why it should be this way at all. And why, if WP is going to “require” a registered user to login first, it does not return a message to that effect? Why the blank page?

    The bottom line is that I would really rather NOT require anyone, registered or not, to login to comment. And since I have that option UNchecked, it seems like this is a bug…..isn’t it?

    Another site has been complaining about “users must be registered and logged in to comment” appearing to spontaneously get turned on, repeatedly. Any suggestions for him?

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