A brief summary of what I have picked up since posting yesterday.
All is not lost, but you do have to think about how to do this best for your particular circumstances.
If you used to have a wordpress blog and are now self hosted, there is a fix described in Celia’s comment on yesterday’s post which you can do.
If you have ever had or forgotten you had a WordPress or a Gravatar account or user name then you need to break the link between your email address and that account in order to be able to comment from that email address without logging in to wordpress. I am still not quite sure how you do that in WordPress, possibly in the Dashboard → Users → Personal Settings Section which at the very bottom has a section called Account Details. I am guessing that deleting your email address and the website in that section will break the link but will edit this post if I find out differently. I think you can also change the website that your email address links to here too, though I am not sure if you can put a non wordpress blog in at this point. Again I will let you know if I find out.
That section looks like this :
On the Gravatar site you can go to the section called Manage your Gravatars and delete any extraneous email addresses there.
Finally figured that out tonight. Sometimes I am very slow to find where things are put, I thought email adresses would be in a profile section and not in the Gravatars tab, as I thought that was where you did the thing with the photos. Still you always find what you are looking for in the last place you look!
An other option, as described by Val in her comments yesterday, is simply to alter the email address you use to comment with, either use a different one, or alter the one you use, then WordPress won’t recognise you and you will be able to comment without logging in. You will be held in moderation for the first time you comment with a new address on my blog, but after that you should be able to comment away as before.
Most importantly and something I had overlooked till now. If you are ‘logged in’ and you want to check which site your comment will link to, try doing this:
In the bottom right corner you can see a bit where it says Log out/Change. If you click Change you can then alter anything in those three lines (email address, name as it appears on the blog, and website url) to suit yourself. As I said if you change the actual email address then it will go to moderation first but that’s fine by me. There is also an option to comment using a Twitter or Facebook account which you can explore, by clicking on the icons next to the WordPress Logo as in this screen grab
but that requires you to authorise WordPress to have access to that account.
I have read a few blog posts on the subject and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change back for now, so I do hope you all continue to comment in whatever guise you choose and if you get stuck let me know and I will do my best to help.
Thanks all of you for helping with this. At least we are trying to figure it out together and that’s what matters.