Comments & Spam

Figure 1: Settings menu
Figure 1: Settings menu

Comments are turned off by default to avoid spam. We recommend that you keep them turned off, unless you have time to promote, guide, and moderate discussion on your site.

I’m getting spam- how do I turn off comments?

You can see sample comments at the bottom of this article.

Site-wide comment settings

You need to be an administrator to modify site settings.

To modify your comments options, go to Settings -> Discussion, as shown to the right. If you don’t see the “Settings” link in your dashboard tools, you probably aren’t an administrator.

Recommended settings:
Figure 2: Site-wide comment settings
Figure 2: Site-wide comment settings
Default article settings

We do not recommend that you turn on site-wide enabling (red arrow above). If comments are enabled site-wide, it will only apply to posts/pages created after this setting was turned on, and can be overridden at the post/page level.

Other comment settings

We recommend that you require people to provide their name and email address before leaving a comment.
Closing comments after a certain number of days helps prevent older posts from getting spam comments.
Threaded comments improve the formatting for replies to posts, so it’s more clear who is responding to what.

Email me whenever

When a comment is submitted, the author of the page/post will be notified, as well as the site administrator.

Before a comment appears

Always moderate your comments. We do our best to prevent spam, but there’s no guarantee some won’t slip through. Unless you want to advertise for Viagra on your site, never publish comments directly- have somebody review them first.

Per-page comment settings

You can allow comments on a per-page basis. If comments are turned on for a page, they will be allowed, regardless of what your site settings are. To find the comments setting for a page, scroll down to the “Discussion” section of your page editing interface, as shown below.

Figure 3: Per page/post comment settings

If you don’t see a discussion box anywhere below your WSYWIG editor, you’ll need to edit your screen options.

Page comment settings can also be seen/modified in the Quick Edit interface, by going to Pages -> All Pages in your dashboard menu.

Figure 4: Comments in Quick Edit mode (pages)
Figure 4: Comments in Quick Edit mode (pages)

Additional steps for allowing comments on posts

If you want to allow comments on posts in the Meerkat theme, you will need to enable commenting for a category of posts, in addition to allowing comments on the post itself (or having enabled comments site-wide).

If you do not already have a category that you’d like to enable commenting for, create one, by going to Posts -> Categories in your dashboard menu.

After creating the category, click on the category name in the right column to edit it.

Scroll down to the Category Configuration Options, shown below, and make sure that, in the left column, “Show comment form” is checked off. Additionally, you may want to check off “Show comment count/link” in the right column. Click the blue “Update” button when you’re done.

Figure 5: Category configuration comment settings

Put the posts you want to allow comments for in your configured category, and turn commenting on for them. You can do this in the quick edit interface (go to Posts -> All Posts). Make sure to click the blue “Update” button after changing each post.

 Figure 6: Comments & categories in Quick Edit mode (posts)
Figure 6: Comments & categories in Quick Edit mode (posts)

Spam Help

How to turn off all comments for your site, and get rid of spam:

  1. Site Settings

    Turn off site-wide commenting by going to Settings -> Discussion and uncheck the box next to “Allow people to post comments on new articles” (see figures 1-2).

  2. Per Page Settings

    Go to the quick edit interface for pages (Pages -> All Pages), and uncheck “Allow Comments” for all pages (see figure 4). Click the blue “Update” button after each change.

  3. Per Post Settings

    Go to the quick edit interface for posts (Posts -> All Posts), and uncheck “Allow Comments” and “Allow Pings” for all posts (see figure 6). Click the blue “Update” button after each change.

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