I realize there has been some frustration about Blurtit asking people to connect with social accounts, but unfortunately it is a very necessary requirement.
The reality of the internet is that there are a lot of trolls and spammers out there.
Asking people to connect with a social media profile has been very effective in reducing and limiting the amount of spam and abusive messages on the site.
So although it may seem inconvenient, it's a technique that more and more sites are using to keep their sites clean and tidy. I still remove abusive comments and block spammers on a daily basis, but it's a far smaller amount than we had to tackle previously.
I'm afraid it's easy to pick fault at the system we have in place, but much more difficult to come up with a viable alternative. But if you can suggest a better way of moderating the site and keeping trolls and spammers off, then I'd love to hear them! We're not opposed to changing the way things are, but it would require proof that an alternative solution would work, so I hope to hear back from you!