Had a feeling it might happen. Below is how I have comments set:
As you see, it’s as open as I can set it, with no registration etc. Therefore I’m puzzled why WP are asking people for passwords etc. Unless they have just overridden settings and insist anyone who comments must be in WordPress, which would be outrageous.
I mean, I know they’re greedy for money in the themes on offer but didn’t think they’d do this to commenters. Trouble is, I currently have no other real choice but go to Blogger, which has its own terrible comments policy.
OK, think I have it. I logged out and came into this post as a stranger. However, when I put in James Higham and my email, it immediately took me to the log-in page for WordPress because it recognized my email and name.
I’d imagine that if you were in WP dotorg, you’d have a log-in over there. WPdotcom would recognize that and ask you to log-in but they are dotcom, not dotorg. Most dotorgs also have a dotcom because the Akismet needs an API key which resides at dotcom.
So you have the prospect of being asked to log-in to a dotcom but you only have a dotorg log-in. Nightmare. The way round it is to change either your name or email or both.
That gets you into moderation but I’d still have to recognize something about you I’d trust.
I did this here:
… and it let me in. Harry R would have to do better than that to be first time approved though.