A while back, ESPN's website went with a new comment format requiring a facebook account. I stopped commenting there.
The BANG (Bay Area News Group) site I followed the SF Giants through went with a Disqus sign-in for commenting. I stopped there as well.
Now, BANG finally converted their Cal site too. I tried to sign on once using the Google option, which I sign on for this blog, but it did not work (though it did, then, keep me logged on when I came to this site). I didn't like doing it. I was against doing it, but I didn't want to drop off the face of the Internet.
But it didn't log me on. It didn't let me post, still wanting me to jump through more and more hoops for some reason.
So, I'm done with commenting on all these sites. A few of you check in here from time to time. Please, let the others know I'll still read sometimes, but I am done commenting (to the applause of some, no doubt).
Even though people with half a brain can find my personal information without much effort, I am tired of always being asked to give it away, of sites asking me to sign in so they can log and keep track of me.
It really bothered me that BearTalk didn't do anything to let me know the change was coming. Poor choice, Jeff Faraudo. Perhaps I would have been up for trying to log on more than once had I known it was coming.
Eh. More likely I would have just been able to say my goodbyes, and I wouldn't have even tried once. This, I bet they know, which is why no notice was given.
But I did try once. It didn't work. Now I am just bitter. The friends and relationships I made with other posters there are the leverage Disqus has to get me to accept their terms.
Well, fuck Disqus.