ya know what really is weird? When I can view a post on someones blog, but they have the comments set to friends only. I get my comment all typed up, and then submit it, and poof, the comment won't post because I'm not on their friends list. Why does it show me the comment form if I'm not going to be able to comment? weirdness.
I've only seen it on Vox when it's been a post that's changed privacy since I viewed it. But that doesn't seem to be the case on the LJ ones - I've had it happen to me twice now, on two different LJ blogs, and had it error after I tried to post the comment. Nothing changed on the post, it just blocked me. Both people are LJ staffers, who I don't know super well or anything, or I might ping them and say something. I guess they just must have something turned on so only people on their friend list can even attempt to comment!
Did you get the instant pop-up comment form, or the full one (also available with the "More Options..." button from the pop-up form)? The full one tells you exactly what the settings are. I wonder if maybe the pop-up one doesn't.
Edited at 2007-11-16 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for checking on that, Mark, because it made me look again. You are right, it did say the setting on the main comment page. but it was confusing.
2 of the 3 radio buttons were disabled, but the note was only written next to anonymous:
* Anonymous- this user has disabled anonymous and non-friend posting. You may post here if (member name) lists you as a friend.
* Logged in user: kdlb [other] (will be screened)
So since I had the radio button next to "logged in user", I assumed only that would apply. And "will be screened" made me think it would be moderated, not rejected when I commented.
Overall, seems like if I'm not allowed to comment, the comment box shouldn't show at this point. :)