You've probably heard of Blogger. It's a (duh) blogging tool, and it's one of the most popular platforms available for casual bloggers. It's simple, easy to get started with, and it's hosted (and owned) by Google.
You know what else Google does? They build a browser called Chrome. Perhaps you've heard of it. I've heard of it. I've been using it for the last couple of years, and it's generally really nice. 'Cept here's the good part -- it doesn't like to work with Blogger.
I happened to see a new blog post from Roger Sessions today -- it popped up in Google Reader (yeah, I drink the Kool-Aide), and I clicked over to his site to leave a comment. So far, so good. When I clicked the link to comment, however, it popped up a comment form in a popup window (minor annoyance, by the way), but then, I noticed that there was a Captcha-style image verification panel that wasn't actually showing an image.
This has got to really cut down on spam comments, right? Intent to get my message to Roger, though, I opened his blog in Firefox and clicked the comment link -- it turns out Google likes Firefox better than Chrome:
Looks fine in Firefox, doesn't it? Incidentally, I also tried in Internet Explorer and saw the same problem I saw in Chrome, but then, I hit the link a second time, and it was fine. Having hit upon a possible solution, I tried again in Chrome, and sure enough -- it worked fine in Chrome, too, the second time around.
I'm not sure what the problem is, here, but it's pretty telling that Google hasn't seen fit to update the commenting system on Blogger. After all, the native commenting system in WordPress has undergone continuous improvement since it was launched, and it's also stupid-easy to integrate commenting systems from folks like Disqus (which I use) and Intense Debate.
If you're a blogger, you may want to look at giving Blogger's commenting system the boot in favor of one of these other systems until Google gets its act together.
- Disqus Seeking Out A Few Brave Bloggers? (blogherald.com)
- How to Integrate DISQUS Commenting System on Your Website (shoutmeloud.com)
- Why Are People Adding Disqus Comment System to WordPress Blogs ... (wpplugin.org)
- Intense Debate to replace Blogger's sucky comment system (sheeptech.com)