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Comments allow your readers to add feedback to your posts and pages.  Comments extend the conversation allowing your readers to interact with you and each other.

It’s amazing how even just a few comments can make student realise they are writing for a global audience — for many is incredibly motivating.

Comments are an important part of both the readers and blogger’s learning process.

Default Comment Settings

By default, comments are enabled on all newly created blogs, and a comment form will appear at the bottom of posts and pages where readers can respond to what you’ve written.

Here is what a comment form looks like:

Comment form

Approved comments are displayed under the individual post or page, not on the blog home page.  Click on the post title to read the comments.

The latest comments can be displayed on the blog home page by adding the recent comments widget to the sidebar.

Comment Management

The default comment setting on all newly created blogs is ‘Comment author must have a previously approved comment before a comment appears’.

This means any visitors that have had a comment approved on the blog in the past will have their comment immediately posted and only comments from new visitors are placed in the moderation queue.

Blog owners have complete control of comments left on their blog and can change comment moderation at any time in Settings > Discussion.  To moderate all comments you need to change it to “Comment must be manually approved”.

Users on the blog who are assigned the role of administrator or editor are able to approve pending comments and manage comments.  Contributors can’t see pending comments.

You can also turn off comments.

Adding a comment

You add a comment as follows:

1.  Click on the post title or the “comment” link at the top or at the bottom of the post.

2. Scroll down the page to the comment form or click on Reply (to reply to a specific comment).

3.  Enter your name and email address – your email address is hidden and only the blogger sees it.  If you are logged into your Edublogs account you won’t need to add these details.

4.  Write your comment.

5.  Enter the anti-spam word.

6.  Select the ‘‘ if you want to be notified by email to comments by other readers.

7.  Now click ‘Submit Comment’.

Submitting a comment

Editing comments

Only users on the blog who are assigned the role of administrator or editor are able to edit or delete comments left on other Edublogs blogs.  If you need a comment deleted or edit you need to ask the blog owner to do this.

Threaded Comments

Threaded comments allow readers to reply to other comments inline/nested which encourages better discussion and responses.

Below is an example of a post:

Example of a post

Here is an example of a threaded comment on the post:

Threaded comments

Commenting tips

Most readers are reluctant commenters, not because of lack of time, but because they feel uncomfortable leaving comments.

Read through the comments on these posts:

  1. Comments Count!
  2. Parents Comments Count!
  3. Teaching students how to write quality comments

The comments on these posts provide:

  1. Reasons why readers mightn’t leave comments on blog posts
  2. Explanations of what makes a good comment
  3. Tips for encouraging readers to comment

Both posts are also a good example of how both the blogger and readers can interact with each other when encouraged properly.