Saturday, June 25, 2011

Which Choice For Allowing Blog Comments And How Easy to Make It

I a really love being able to blog hop again.  Below are some things blogees may not know about the choices they have to make it easier for followers and fellow blog hoppers to comment on their posts. Besides the choices available, I thought it might be fun to see how you all feel as commenters.

First you have to know how to get to where your choices for comments are located.
  1. Go to Dashboard Tab
  2. Click on Settings Tab
  3. Click on Comments
Go down to Comment Form Placement.  You have 3 choices:
  1. FULL PAGE - When you choose this one All Of The Posts Show Up On A Page Together, and you cannot view the post itself.  It either replaces the blog page with the post totally or pops up in a new tab.  A time waster for the commenter having to go back and forth.
  2. POP UP WINDOW - A separate smaller window pops up for your post, and it can be moved along side the image to view while you are commenting about it.
  3. EMBEDDED BELOW THE POST - The post with image has all of the comments posted below it.  If there are a ton of posts you have to go back and forth from the bottom to the top to view the image while commenting about it.  A time waster for a commenter who is in a hurry.

Move on down the page to Comment Form Message. A place to post a brief message for commenters.  Something like thank you for taking time to leave a comment.  It appears above the area where the comment is posted.

The next two items are where you decide how easy you are going to make it for your visitor and yourself.  You should choose ONE of these, NOT BOTH or NONE at all, by entering NO on each one.  I will explain each and why:
  1. The first one is Comment Moderation lets you decide whether or not you are going to approve EVERY post.  If you choose Always or Only posts older than (number) days, and it won't show up in the comments area until you approve it.  BTW - This is the way that Challenge organizers prefer you choose when you participate in their challenges.  If you choose this one you need to be sure to leave your email address in the next area so you can be notified .
  2. The next and second choice is Show Word Verification For Comments.  Many commenters do not like this one because it is time consuming.  Challenge organizers do not like this one and sometimes will not comment because of the time to do so.
  3. If you choose NO on each choice, Google tries to catch Spam, etc. by entering it in the Spam area of your main COMMENTS TAB.  You are advised to check this weekly if you choose neither of the above.
If you choose both trying to avoid the spam posts, you create unnecessary work for you and the poster.  I have a poll below to see how you all feel.  You can choose 2, your first and second preference.  I had a psychologist once tell me he always tried to have 2 choices available.  That way if he couldn't have the first he could have some satisfaction is getting the second!!!

I hope I have helped some of you decide what is best for you and your followers. If not, maybe watching the polls above to see how people are answering will help you with the decision. :-)  If you have questions about the above or other areas, please ask.  Hope your weekend is turning out great! Off to finish a card! Thanks for stopping by to look and share.


Bonnie said...

Thank you Shirley! I wondered how to get this to work because I really enjoy this feature when commenting on other blogs. Hopefully I have this working on my blog now.

Sally said...

Love these advisory tutorials. I am learning so much that I didn't understand. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. People like me who are technical challenged need all the help we can get.

Creations by Shirl said...

Thanks again my friend! You are considered the ace in blogland..
You made me understand alot since I've been in blogville.
Big hugs to you always...

G Peplow said...

Hi Shirley, Thank you for your lovely comment and this very helpful guide. I'm so lazy I really should have checked the settings before. I set them up when I first began my blog and didn't change very much after. Now with your easy 'how to' guide I'm the proud owner of a pop up box for comments, you Star!!! hugs Gay xxx

Carol Hartery said...

Hi Shirley
I am glad that I have set my comments so that they need my approval because some "sicko" has been trying to post inappropriate comments on my blog. The spam folder on blogger isn't catching them.
I agree with the others that your tutorials are great. Talk with you soon. Carol

Melisa Waldorf said...

Thanks for all the great info Shirley. I definitely don't like to enter the security code and LOVE the pop up window so I can see the project while commenting. Thanks for hooking me up with how to set up the pop up window. I didn't know about the spam and will check that out. I have never used a security word or moderation and it has not been a problem for me. Have a great day!

Joan Ervin said...

Thanks for all the info, Shirley...I am not puter savy so this was real helpful!!!

Conniecrafter said...

very interesting, I was scared to start a blog because I didn't know if I would understand how it all works, and I am still learning, can you do the pop up window comment on the free blogspot? I will have to give it a try and see if it works on that

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Hi Shirley! Thanks so much for this post. I have been noticing how much easier it is to be able to see what I am commenting on. I changed my settings to handle comments this way. Thanks so much for helping me to make it easier for my sweet followers!

Miriam said...

This is incredibly helpful Shirley!!! Thank you!!!

Benzi said...

Thanks so much, Shirley. I hope my blog posts are easier to comment on now, as far as not having to scroll back and forth. Let me know tne next time you visit.

Jan Hennings said...

love the pop up boxes!

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