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(WP) Comments

A useful source of information, opportunity for cooperation and networking, comments enable readers and writers of a site to interact right on the page or post of a particular topic.

General guidelines for commenting

We recommend you encourage (in your students as well as yourself and your colleagues):

  • That all who comment treat comments with the same professionalism that they would a written assignment or an email.
  • Allowing time to review the comment you wrote before submitting–this will help you catch sneakier typos and give you a chance to clarify anything that might have been awkward the first time you write it.
  • Enabling spell check in your browser.
  • Using the ‘Reply’ link next to a comment title in order to reply to it directly, rather than writing a brand new comment (which won’t be connected to the original one you are replying to).

It’s a good idea to discourage:

  • Chat speak (lol, g2g, IMO–can be tough to read for those who don’t know the acronyms), excessive emoticons ( ;D, 8-D, :-S, ^_^…) and excessive punctuation!!!!!!!!!!!
  • TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS. True, it may be easier to read, but it is universally accepted on the internet to come across as “shouting.”
    • Related, using oDd CaPiTaLization habits. It may look decorative, but it’s very hard to read.

Viewing

An easy, fast way to view recent comments on your blog is by using the ‘Recent Comments’ box on the home page of your dashboard. It appears right under the ‘Right now’ box.

You can also view all comments, sorted by categories, on the main ‘Comments’ subsection.

Moderating

Comments are a very valuable part of your site–they enable your readers, students or colleagues to interact with material you post, provide feedback and so on. But it can also be problematic if spam bots find your page and start posting nonsense (or even potentially malicious links). Luckily, WordPress enables you to protect your page against this common internet pitfall.

To adjust rules for allowing people to post comments, navigate to Settings on the sidebar, and then Discussion.

The top three options for preventing spam or off-topic posts are:

  1. Require users to log in to post.
  2. Choose between the following two options (approval requires that a human in charge of  your website has screened the comment and made sure it is legitimate and relevant):
    • An administrator must always approve the comment
    • Comment author must have a previously approved comment
  3. The option to lower or raise the threshhold for how many links a comment must contain for it to be held for review by a site administrator–this is due to the common tactic of spam posts containing many links.