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Enabling/Disabling Comments for all Posts  
 

• Comments

Comments are opinions expressed by your blog readers. Comments are associated with blog posts with each post having its own comments.

• Enabling/Disabling Comments for all posts within a blog

Comments are enabled by default. You can choose to enable/disable comments using the options on the "Comments" sub group page within the "Settings" group or from the post configuration page if you are using the Modern Widget Template.

Enabling Comments would display a Comments link within the post footer with link text " 4 Comments". The numerical value indicates the number of comments published for the post.

Where the comments have been disabled for the blog, even the existing comments will be hidden and the blog reader will not find the comment link. However, the comments would stay intact in the blog data so that you can enable access to them by switching on the comments at any time in the future.

When the comments are disabled from the Post Configure page, the option for enabling/disabling comments for individual posts still appear when you open the post.

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Enabling/Disabling Comments for Individual Posts  
 
Even when comments are enabled for the blog, you can choose to enable/disable comments for individual posts.

• Enabling/Disabling Comments for individual posts

The options to show/hide the comments for individual posts is available on a pane attached to the bottom of the text area where you enter the post body. The pane by default would be hidden.

If the comments are hidden for the total blog, then the option for enabling/disabling comments for individual posts would not be displayed on the post create/edit pages.

Default Setting for Individual Posts  
 
Whenever you choose to create a new post, you will notice that the option to enable/disable comments for that post are hidden. You may choose to set a default option for enabling/disabling comments for individual posts, so that even if you forget choosing the setting the default would get applied.

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Reading Comments  
 
On clicking on the comments link, the comments relating to the post are displayed in a new page. All the comments relating to a post are displayed one after the other with the latest one at the top.

The page displays at the top, the blog title, the post title, the number of comments, a link to move back to the post, a link to collapse the comments in display. Clicking the "Collapse Comments" link would fold away all the comments leaving only the display name of the comment poster in display and the link also toggles to "Show all Comments".

Each comment starts with a link having the display name of the comment publisher as the display text. If the person publishing the comment is a blogger user, clicking on that link would bring up his/her profile page. The comment text follows that link. The time of posting the comment is displayed towards the end .

Enabling Display of Profile Images of Comment Posters  
 
In the web page where comments are displayed, you can choose to enable/disable the display of the profile images of the users posting the comments.

The image can be displayed only if the user has set an image in his profile information.

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Making the Comments show up in a new window  
 
The new page with the comments relating to the post, which is opened when a blog reader clicks on the comments link in the post footer, can be made to be opened in a new (pop up) window thus keeping the post in display.

It is called a pop up window because it appears suddenly or unexpectedly.

When the post is opened in the same window, the page is divided into two panes with the comments displayed on the left and the options for writing a new comment on the right. When the comments open up in a new (pop up) window, the comments are listed first and below that the options for writing the new comment.

Moreover, when the comments are opened in a new window, the blog title and the post title are not displayed.

Choosing Time Stamp Format  
 
Each comment is stamped at the end with the date and time of posting the comment. You can choose a format for the stamp.

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Writing Comments  
 
When comments are enabled for a post, the web page, that is displayed on clicking the "Comments" link in the post footer, contains a form to enter and publish comments.

Those who intend to make a comment would write the comment in the text area, information relating to his/her identity in the relevant text boxes and submits the comment.

Where comments are set to be posted by anyone the reader can post an anonymous comment or use a name and any web address (which works as a destination to the name working as a link on the comment display page). Where comments are set to be posted by blogger users, the bloggers display name works as his identity in the comment. The name on the page displaying the comments would work as a link to the blogger profile page.

A preview of the comment can be seen by clicking the preview button. After filling all the information clicking the "Login and Publish" button to post/publish the comment.

Whom to allow to Comment?  
 
You can choose whom to allow to post comments in your blog. This setting applies to all the posts in your blog.

You can choose to allow anyone, only blogger users or only to members of the blog to post a comment. Blog members (authors/readers) are all also blogger users.

Blogger users have to log in to their account to be able to submit the comment.

When you have set comments to be posted by bloggers (all bloggers or only members of the blog) the comments page would have options for logging in to blogger.

Where you have set comments to be posted only by members of the blog and a user who is not a member of the blog, tries to log in using the form for posting comments, a message is displayed indicating the same.

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Displaying a Captcha for Comments Form  
 
Captcha is a toll that helps us to control automatic comment postings by computer programs. Such unwanted content posted in web sites or sent through mails is what we call spamming.

You can choose to display a captcha on the comment posting page so that only human beings would be able to write in comments on your post. This would be most helpful when you are allowing anyone to write comments on your posts.

Enable/Disable Comment Moderation  
 
The comment moderation feature will let you view all comments before they appear on your blog, giving you a chance to approve or reject them as desired.

You can occasionally log in to your blogger account and moderate comments from the "comment moderation" subgroup page within the "posting" group. You may additionally make the blogger program intimate you through an email on a reader posting a comment. The email address is to be entered in the relevant text box at the time of enabling the setting for comment moderation.

If the comment moderation is enabled, a message letting the reader typing the comment know that the comments would be moderated is displayed just below the text area where the comment is entered. On submitting the content a message indicating that the comment would appear on moderator accepting the comment is displayed.

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Moderating from the Mail Message  
 

If you have chosen to be notified through email, an email is sent by the blogger program every time a reader writes a comment for your post.

The email would contain the identifications relating to the blog title, post title, the identity of the person posting the comment, the comment text and links to enable you to accept or reject the comment as well as to move to the comment moderation page.

Clicking on any of the links relating to comment moderation within the email would open up the blogger page in a new window. If you are already logged in to the blogger program, a message is displayed indicating acceptance or rejection of the message based on the link you clicked on.

If you have clicked on the "moderation" link in the mail, the comment moderation page is brought up which contains a list of the comments that are to be moderated.

Moderating from the Moderation Page  
 

You can access the comment moderation page using the "Moderate" link in the notification email and logging in to blogger if not already logged in. The comment moderation options are displayed in the "Moderate Comments" subgroup page within the "Posting" group .

You can accept or reject more than one comment at the same time by checking the checkboxes before the comment and using the "publish" or "reject" buttons.

The comments can be sorted and displayed by date or by posts. Sorting by posts would group all the comments for a post at a place. Sorting by date would group all the comments on a date at a place.

Clicking the arrow mark at the beginning of the comment text would display the comment in full. The comment can be accepted or rejected using the links just after the comment.

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Comment Notification  
 

Where you have set comment moderation on and have not entered an email address for being notified about the comments to be moderated and also when you have switched off comment moderation, you can make the blogger program send a notification of the comments posted.

You just need to include the email address in the relevant text box for this to happen.

Enabling/Disabling Back Links for all blog posts  
 

• Backlinks

Back links are links to posts (on blogs made using blogger.com) which have a link to your post. Back links are associated with blog posts, with each post having its own Back links.

• Enabling/Disabling Backlinks for all posts within a blog

Back links are disabled by default and you can choose to enable/disable back links using the options on the "Comments" sub group page within the "Settings" group or from the post configuration page if you are using the Modern Widget Template.

Enabling back links would display a Back Links link within the post footer with link text "Links to this Post".

When a blog reader clicks on the "Links to this post" link, the post content followed by the post comments (if they are enabled), followed by back links to the post (with the post title as display text) are displayed.

When a user clicks any of the backlinks link, the post is opened up in a new page with the post content, the comments on the post and back links to that post listed one below the other.

Towards the end of the page where backlinks are listed, there is a "Create Backlink" link using which a blog reader can directly create a blog post with a link to the current post inserted in it. This feature is available only to blogger users.

Clicking the link would bring up the blog post create page in a pop up window. If the blog reader is not already logged into his account, the log in page is displayed and the post create page would be displayed only if the blog reader logs in with his user account.

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Enabling/Disabling Backlinks for Individual Posts  
 
The option to choose to show/hide backlinks is related to the total blog. All the back links relating to the existing posts within the blog are hidden or displayed depending on the option chosen.

• Enabling/Disabling Backlinks for individual posts

Where you have chosen to display backlinks, you may choose to switch off back links for each individual post. This can be done by choosing the relevant option for backlinks in the pane just below the text area used for entering the post content.

If the back links are hidden for the total blog, then the option for enabling/disabling backlinks for individual posts would not be displayed on the post edit page. This is so both for the new posts being created as well as the existing posts being edited.

Default Setting for Individual Posts  
 
Whenever you choose to create a new post, you will notice that the option to enable/disable backlinks for that post are hidden. You may choose to set a default option for enabling/disabling back links for individual posts, so that even if you forget choosing the setting the default would get applied.

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