I noticed recently that people commenting on this site were not leaving their names. That is not so unusual except that there were so many anonymous comments.
I decided to look into it to see if I could see why. I am always logged into my blog admin site so when I browse to a blog post, I don’t need to fill out the Name, Email, etc. So to see what others see when they browse to a post on this site, I browsed to it in a browser I don’t normally use (Camino in this case).
However, when I browsed to one of my posts in Camino, it appeared I was logged in to my admin section – the following message was in place of the normal fields – “Logged in as . Logout”. In my normal browser (Firefox) when I am logged in, I usually see the message “Logged in as Tom. Logout” so it appeared to me that there was a WordPress User with a blank username somehow.
I checked the Users section of my Admin interface and sure enough the blank user was there – not sure how it got there, possibly created in the upgrade from 1.5 to 1.5.1.
I deleted the user, and thankfully when I refreshed the view of the post, I was now presented with the familiar fields for comments. Now it will be easier for people who want me to contact them back to leave their details – apologies for any inconvenience.