Problems with commenting

Commenting is open for most posts on this blog. Anonymous commenting is allowed as well.  We may remove some comments if we consider them abusive, spam or the like. 

Some readers have experienced problems with posting comments with some browsers. This may be related to the security settings of your browser; in particular whether you allow third-party cookies. 

Apparently, the validation of a comment involves more than one website: blogspot.com but also blogger.com and google.com.  If your browser blocks third-party cookies, then this mechanism may not work. 

If you have problems commenting on a post, try to change your browser to allow all cookies. After your comment is posted, you can set the setting back to its original setting, and, if you want, delete the cookies that were created.  

Enabling third-party cookies can be done as follows in some common browsers:

Google Chrome for Windows desktop

  • Click the 3 dots in the top-right corner of Chrome, then navigate to Settings.
  • Select 'Privacy and security', then  'Cookies and other site data', then 'Allow all cookies'
  • Refresh the page

Firefox for Windows desktop

  • Click the 3 bars in the top-right corner of Firefox, then navigate to Options
  • Select 'Privacy & Security', then select 'Standard' 
  • Select 'Reload All Tabs'
Edge for Windows desktop
  • Click the 3 dots in the top-right corner of Edge, then navigate to Settings
  • Click the 3 bars in the the top-left corner, next to Settings
  • Select 'Privacy, search, and services'
  • In the box 'Tracking Prevention', select 'Basic'
  • Refresh the page
Safari for Apple desktop (MacBook)
  • Go to the Safari menu, and select 'Preferences'
  • Click on 'Privacy'
  • Uncheck the box 'Prevent cross-site tracking'
Chrome for Apple desktop (MacBook)
  • Go to the Chrome menu, and select 'Preferences'
  • Select 'Privacy and security', then  'Cookies and other site data', then 'Allow all cookies'
  • Refresh the page
Safari for Apple mobile (IOS)
  • Go to the general system 'Settings' app.
  • Go to settings for 'Safari'
  • Deselect 'Prevent Cross-Site Tracking'
  • Deselect 'Block All Cookies'
  • Refresh the page
Firefox for Apple mobile (IOS)
  • Go to the general system 'Settings' app.
  • Go to settings for 'Firefox' 
  • Select 'Allow Cross-Website Tracking'
  • Refresh the page

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