[wp-hackers] "commenter" user role

scribu scribu at gmail.com
Sat Mar 6 17:06:54 UTC 2010

On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 6:59 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> >>  * It complicates the ability to support Anonymous commenters.
> >
> > Please explain.
> Anonymous commenters, as in "no name or email". An anon comment. This
> is supported by WordPress, even if most people require the name and
> email fields to be filled in.
> Essentially by linking to the user table you're either wanting to a)
> not let comment authors be anonymous or b) wanting to pollute the
> users table with a bunch of fake unverified informations.

There could be an "Annonymous" commenter account that would allow annonymous

>  > We could automatically remove commenters when they have no more comments
> on
> > the site. Problem solved.
> No, that doesn't really solve the problem of tons of crap in the users
> table.

Tons of crap, such as? Please be specific.

>  > Just to clarify: open user registration would *not* be required for the
> > "commenter" role proposal to function.
> Yes, it should be linked to that option, because by making users,
> you're implicitly giving the ability to log in to them. If somebody
> can create an entry in the users table, then they have registered on
> the site. That's what registration *is*.

It shouldn't be linked to that option. As I said previously, unlike
subscribers, commenter accounts with no comments would be automatically


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