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March 03, 2006

Concerning unmoderated comments

Hello everyone. I've been monitoring blog usage and I have some suggestions for new bloggers concerning comments. New blogs have comment moderation turned on by default. This means that when you create a new blog, it will allow for comments but it will only display those comments on your blog when you approve the comments. Some people might find this annoying, especially if you are using a blog to generate discussion in a classroom setting. To turn comment moderation off (which will allow comments to be published immediately), follow these instructions:

Login to UThink and enter your blog. Click on "Settings" in the left hand menu, and then click on the "Feedback" tab. From there change "Accept comments from:" to "Anyone" and change "Immediately publish comments from:" to "Anyone." Please also note that authenticated commenting does not work. I have a ticket into Six Apart (the makers of Movable Type), but I am not optimistic that they can fix our problem for various reasons. We will probably be taking these choices out of the menu shortly.

Also, if you start accepting unmoderated comments you may want to drop down into the Junk settings of the Feedback tab at the bottom of the screen. I would change your "Junk Score Threshold" to 4 or higher. This should assure that you are only getting true comments, and not spam.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about this or any aspect of UThink!

Posted by snackeru at March 3, 2006 01:43 PM

Hi Shane --- students in my class have asked whether there is any way that they can get notified when comments are contributed to a discussion but are based on an entry that they didn't author. They find themselves adding comments and then having to continually check to see whether someone has commented on their comments.



Posted by: pamela flash at March 15, 2006 10:09 PM


Unfortunately, this is not possible right now. It takes a plugin that we do not have installed. Plus, even with the plugin a student would have to subscribe to individual posts to receive email notifications that a new comment has been added. Anyway, I will add it to the list of plugins to be considered. Sorry I don't have better news!

Posted by: Shane at March 20, 2006 10:43 AM

Comment spam is an annoying issue for bloggers to deal with. I think the ideal solution allows posts to go live immediately with as small a number of spammy comments as possible. I think this beats moderating all comments. There are a lot of tools that can be implemented to cut down on spam. Keyword filtering, spammy IP filtering, and agressive link drop filtering come to mind.

Posted by: Ed Kohler at March 20, 2006 02:54 PM
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