Leaving a comment on a blog post should be simple process. Trouble is that’s often not the case!
As a blogger you need to make it really easy for your readers to leave comments. Unfortunately many bloggers don’t realise their blog’s settings hamper the commenting process. So let me share my comment pet peeves to help you make it easier for your readers to comment (this post was inspired by Claire Thompson’s excellent Comment Pet Peeve post).
# 1 Registered Users Only Allowed to Comment
The words “You must log in to post a comment” means the blogger is only allowing registered users of the blog to comment i.e. each user must be manually as a user (using the User Tab) for them to be able to comment.
There are probably some valid reasons why bloggers have their blog set to only registered users of your blog allowed to comment. But for a reader it’s really frustrating when you know you can add to the conversation but you can’t leave a comment.
This will happen if you tick Users must be registered and logged in to comment in your General Options Tab. Don’t use this setting if you want anyone to be able to comment!
#2 Only allow people with Blogger or Google accounts to comment
Blogger makes it really easy for people who use Blogger to leave comments but harder for people who use other blogging platforms.
Why? Well when I leave a comment I want to link my name to my blog so people can easily check it out if they want to.
The default setting when you set up a blog with Blogger is only allow people with Blogger or Google accounts to comment. If you use this setting it means when I leave a comment my name is linked to my blogger blog (which I don’t want it to) and I have to manually add my blog name under my comment using HTML.
Claire’s Comment Pet Peeve post explains how to change your setting in blogger to allow anyone to comment.
Have to say my other peeve with blogger is most other blogging platforms remember your user information if you’ve previously posted a comment on that blog but blogger doesn’t unless you use blogger. Which means each time I have to add my name and blog URL.
#3 Comment Moderation
Comment moderation means your comment must be approved by the blogger before the comment is displayed. I’m not a fan of comment moderation because:
- Occasionally I get caught out and aren’t sure if the comment is being moderated or it’s failed to post
- Slows down the conversation and if several readers post comments at the same time you have no idea what the others have said
While there are some valid reasons for moderating comments in most circumstances my personal belief is it’s better not to moderate comments (UPDATE: Please take the time to read the readers comments as many raised very valid reasons why you would moderate comments).
Edublogs default settings for new blogs is to moderate comments for readers who haven’t commented on your blog previously (once approved further comments by the same reader aren’t moderated).
The image below shows the default settings:
Change default settings so comments aren’t moderated at all by:
- On your blog dashboard, go to Settings > Discussion
- Remove tick from Comment author must have a previously approved comment
- Click Save Changes at bottom of page
While I personally don’t recommend comment moderation on most blogs I think comment moderation (by the teacher) is good practice on student blogs.
These are my main comment pet peeves (except for those anti-spam words that have attitude!). What are your main comment pet peeves? What are your thoughts on comment moderation?
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