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I consider myself to be technically inclined for the most part. I've been designing and developing websites for the last 10 years.

I consistently preach about usability and the other day I was contemplating making all my users have to login to my blog before they can post any comments.

One important issue when developing sites for people who are not 100% tech savvy is that you have to make things easy. The second that users are confused, they lose interest and leave your site. A lot of times on blogs, the administrator or creator makes you login before you can post your comments. Now this is a good idea in theory, but even for me it's a pain. You have to login, create a username and password, get the password emailed to you, login again and then you can finally post your comment. Yeah, it only took four steps but I forgot what I was going to say. I think this is a deal breaker.

Yes, there are issues with spam and users not seeing their comments posted immediately, but I think these are minor issues. Maybe you have to monitor your blog a bit more frequently, but that's how you develop a community, by staying involved. Setup your spam filter to catch all the Viagra ads and nonsense and adjust your settings so that your blog notifies you when you have comments awaiting moderation. These are the keys that will set you free.

You have to think about your audience when you are developing websites. Typically I am developing sites for people who have no Internet presence or very little know how when it comes to computers. The last thing they are going to do is follow through with a four step process just to ask a question. In fact most companies aren't developing websites for the tech savvy, but yet they continue to put up these walls, making it harder for people to interact. So I say do away with mandatory logins and set your information free.

If you have strong beliefs on why users should login before they comment, I would like to hear about them.

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