MUniversity of Minnesota

January 20, 2006

Default comments setting and other tips

• Just a few words of advice for new UThink blog maintainers. First of all, when you create a new blog, comments are set to "moderated" by default. This means that any comment that is submitted to your new blog must be approved by the blog owner or entry author before they show up on your blog. This default setting is there to try to combat comment spam, but some people may find this annoying to have to approve comments before they show up. To turn this feature off and set up your blog to automatically publish comments follow these instructions:

Login to UThink, enter your blog, and click on "Settings." Then click on the "Feedback" tab. Look for the section that says, "Immediately publish comments from:" and set that to "Anyone." Save your changes and then rebuild your blog. Doing this will not necessarily increase your comment spam. We have already installed some pretty good spam blocking tools that seem to be doing a good job. Opening up comments may also make large class blogs work a little better as students are able to comment on their classmates' writing more easily. As always let me know if you have any questions.

• Also, on your new blog home page you may also notice a section titled "Links" and you may be wondering how to actually put some links in there. To populate this section with actual links, use the "MT-Blogroll" tool located on the first page of Movable Type after you enter the blog you want to edit. This tool allows you to quickly enter links, or a "blogroll," onto your blog. It will also make it easier for you to retain your links if you ever make changes to your blog's appearance.

• I have also noticed a lot of people using the "Extended Entry" option of Movable Type. My advice would be to stop using this option. Keep your whole entry in the main "Entry Body" unless you are typing something really, really long. I have noticed that people very rarely follow the link to the Extended Entry, so if you want your readers to keep reading, keep your entry all on the same page.

That's it for now. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Posted by snackeru at January 20, 2006 01:26 PM