This is social media, so I’ll be expecting all of you to provide feedback on your classmates’ blogs, like and join their various pages, collaborate, and otherwise interact and connect with each other. In this post, we’ll quickly run through the basics of moderating the many comments you’ll be receiving from your classmates this semester.
By default, WordPress and Blogger are both somewhat restrictive in terms of allowing readers to comment on your blog. This is due to potential abuse of the commenting system by advertising spambots or malicious readers. To comment on your blog, readers usually have to be signed in to their Google or WordPress account. For this course, I encourage you to decrease that security level a bit to allow your classmates and readers to more easily leave comments on your posts. The options in both services are extensive and fairly self-explanatory.
You’ll first want to adjust the general comment settings. In WordPress, these can be found under Settings->Discussion in your dashboard. Untick “Users must be logged in and registered to comment” under “Other comment settings”. Untick both options under “Before a comment appears”.
In Blogger, they can be found under Settings-> Posts and comments. First off, take off word verification , an annoying security measure that doesn’t always work properly (choose No at “Show Word Verification). Under “Who can comment?”, choose “Anyone”.
In either service, adjust notifications as you like, so you can (or won’t) receive e-mail notifications every time someone comments. And feel free to play around with the rest of the settings as you see fit. You can also moderate comments after they’ve been posted to your blog.
If spam starts to become a problem for you, or if you choose to continue with your blog after the end of the semester, you can tighten up security a bit. For now, though, stick with these settings to make commenting more convenient for your readers.