The title of this post is very much a rhetorical question, because I have no idea. Rory of A Guy Called Bloke wrote about this earlier this week in I Am Textless, and I decided to chime in with my own two cents about WordPress behaving badly.
Can’t comment at all
This has happened on a few occasions. People have told me they can’t comment on my blog at all. It seems to be a temporary thing, and I’ve never been able to figure out any rhyme or reason to it. I’m able to leave comments, and so are some other people, so it isn’t an across the board thing.
A few times there have been issues with plugins I’m using, but when that’s been the case, I’ve also been unable to comment on my posts.
Can comment on the site but not the Reader
I’ve come across this the odd time before, and I had assumed that it might have been something to do with self-hosted blogs. However, on Rory’s post that I mentioned, we had a whole conversation where I could only reply if I did it on his site rather than through the Reader.
Paying more to get more problems
The WP business and e-commerce plans use a different commenting form than other WP plans. I don’t know what exactly the difference is, but it has pros and cons. The upside is wayyyyyyyy less spam. I guess something about it isn’t bot-friendly, so the comments I get are from individuals stopping by rather than mass-spamming bots.
The downside is that people have more problems leaving comments on business/ecommerce plan blogs than on other WordPress plans. I’m not sure if anyone knows why this happens, but only to some people some of the time; I certainly don’t.
Third-party cookies/cross-site tracking
If you’re unable to like or comment on someone’s site, but can comment fine in the WP Reader, it may be that your browser settings are to blame.
If you’re using Safari, go to “Preferences” in the “Safari” menu, then the “Privacy” tab. “Prevent cross-site tracking” needs to be unchecked.
In Chrome, go to “Preferences” under the “Chrome” menu, then scroll down to the “Privacy and security settings” and click on “Site Settings” then “Cookies and site data”. “Block third-party cookies” has to be turned off.
I’m not sure of details for other browsers, but it would be the same kind of thing.
Getting randomly signed out
This issue has only cropped up quite recently. Unlike the browser settings issue, this problem can occur when you’re anywhere in WordPress, including the Reader or editing your site. It might ask you to sign in, even though you’re already signed in, and the two minutes later, it might ask you to sign in again, just for fun. This isn’t so much a commenting issue, but I thought I’d throw it in just for fun because it’s annoying.
Oh happiness engineers…
I’ve decided not to contact the happiness engineers anymore unless absolutely necessary, because I was just getting too agitated with them. I’m one of the few people who’s okay with the block editor… when it works. But it’s ridiculously buggy, despite being around for quite a while. I think WordPress needs to hire some people to just blog like a normal person and let them know what the bugs are. And then they actually need to fix them. It shouldn’t be rocket science.
Are there any WordPress gremlins that have been driving you bonkers lately?