Managing, editing and approving comments

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Comments are enabled on posts and pages by default and you can approve, delete or edit any comments left on your blog.

You manage comments by going to Comments inside your blog dashboard.

Comments page

Here’s where you see a listing of all comments, 20 posts per page, that have been written on your blog.

Please also refer to moderating comments on student blogs if you are using My Class.

Anatomy of a comment

Below’s an illustraton of the parts of a comment on the Comments page.

Comment Video Tutorial

Viewing your comments

On the Comments page you can search for comments:

  1. By Comment type such as comments or pings (a ping is also called a pingback
  2. By keyword such as author name, blog URL or a specific words.

Comment filter options

You can also choose to view:

  1. All comments
  2. Only those that have been approved
  3. Pending  comments- those comments which are in the moderation queue and need to be approved by an administrator before appearing on the blog
  4. Those marked as spam
  5. Those sent to trash – automatically deleted after 30 days

Filter by comment type

The comment action links

Hovering your mouse over a comment brings up six action links beneath the comment text. You can approve/unapprove, reply, edit, spam, or trash comments with those links.

Comment action links

Here’s a summary of what each action link does:

  1. Approve/Unapprove -publishes the comment to your blog and changes the link to Unapprove.  Clicking Unapprove removes the comment from your blog and puts the comment back in the moderation queue.
  2. Spam – removes the comment from your blog and places it in your spam folder. You can delete all spam using the Delete all spam when you are looking at your spam comments.
  3. Trash - removes the comment from your blog and sends it to your trash folder where it is automatically deleted after 30 days.
  4. Edit – opens the comment into full edit mode where you can edit content in any box. For example, remove a student’s surname, fix a blog URL or hyperlink, provide students help with spelling or grammatical areas.  Once finished editing click Update Comment.
  5. Quick Edit – accomplishes the same as the Edit link except instead of taking you to a new Edit Comment page, it drops down a quick edit text box. Benefit is you can do a fast edit on the same page. If you double click on a comment it opens the comment into Quick Edit mode.
  6. Reply – drops down a quick text box on the same page to allow you to reply back to a comment right from the Comment page. This means you can reply here rather than directly on your blog.

Please also refer to moderating comments on student blogs if you are using My Class.

Editing a comment

Comments can be edited using the Edit or Quick Edit action link.  Once you’ve finished editing the comment you click on Update Comment.

Editing a comment

The Recent Comment module

The Recent Comments Module is located on your dashboard and displays the 5 most recent comments for your blog.  It also provides links at the bottom of the module to your Comments page.

Hovering your mouse over the comments brings up five action links which makes it easy to Approve/Unapprove, Edit, Reply, Mark as Spam, or Delete Comments directly from your dashboard.

For example, clicking the Reply action link brings up a form that lets you reply to comments from your dashboard.

 

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