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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Comment band wagon

Curt of Curt's World is asking everyone to consider how you have comment settings for your blog. I have just changed mine to hopefully make it easier for people to leave a kind word. Check out what he has to say. I copied alot of it here, but it isn't the same as reading it from his site. While you are there check out some of his great artwork and photography. Those big dogs of his look like great snugglers.

Here is part of what Curt says...
" ...a movement that is going on in the blogging world of card makers. It is the subject of how everyone has their comments settings set for their blogs.


As we visit our favorite people's blogs, we are asked to jump through hoops (sometimes many) just to leave a comment on a blog. First you have the word verification, then some have it set when you leave a comment and hit submit it takes you to another window where you have to do word verification and then click another button just to leave your comment. Then there are others that you have to scroll down past all comments before you get to leave your comment. This is very time consuming, and I personally feel that if our visitors are kind enough to want to leave us a comment, we shouldn't make them work so hard to do it.

On some blogs that are joining this movement, some folks are stating that they will no longer leave comments on those blogs that make them jump through these hoops. I don't subscribe to being that over the top. I'll leave a comment on everyone's blog no matter what. But I would like to ask that you at least think about changing your settings so that you can make it easier for people to leave you comments. Here is what I have done (have for a while now) and these settings make it the easiest for people to leave comments while giving you complete control:

1. Click on "customize" at the top of your blog (in Blogger).

2. Click on the "settings" tab.

3. In settings, click on the "comment" tab.

4. Look for "Show Word Verification" make sure "no" is checked.

5. Look for "Comment Form Placement" and click "pop-up window".

6. Look for "Comment Moderation" and click "always". Then make sure you enter your email address in the box provided so that you are notified when there are new comments waiting to be approved.

7. Click save settings.

It is so simple to do. I changed mine a few months ago, and I've had absolutely no problems. The annoying posts that idiots try to leave can easily be rejected when you moderate your comments. The advantage to the pop-up window is that it allows the commenter to see your post or scroll to a place in your post without having to come back to the comment window. This makes it easy for them to comment while looking at what they are commenting on."

I agree with Curt and the others that are following this movement, therefore I have changed my comment access. As I told Curt, comments are like warm fuzzies to me. I certainly don't want it to be a chore for anyone to leave a comment. When I get to a blog that I have to complete a form in order to leave a comment I usually don't take the time as I am usually whipping through while waiting for a download or a report to print or some other work related task.

The age of technology...

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for passing it on Leslie - I agree and will check my settings right away!

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  2. This is something to think about. Thanks for sharing this info, Leslie! I keep wondering why I have a load of followers but not many comments.. maybe makign these changes would help. I do see the value of having comment moderation whether it be via me or a "passcode" because I have been spammed on many occasions. Maybe I will try the moderation with me allowing/denying.

    Thanks for this info to think on!

    Happy New Year!
    ~Inky Smiles!
    ERin

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  3. Hello Leslie, I don't ever mind "jumping through hoops" to leave my friends comments... I also like to read what others have written in their comments.... also, I have left word verification on my own blog as it keeps spam off my computer... I would rather jump through a few hoops and know my comment is appreciated... Happy New Year to you and your family my friend... xoxo Julie Marie

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  4. I love reading blogs and do not have one of my own. I know I would comment more if it was more user friendly to me to do so. The word verification is often tiny and illegible to read so 50% of the time I type it in wrong!! LOL

    Good movement and I have been reading Curt's blog for a long time.

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  5. For you Leslie I would stand on my head with one hand tied behind my back and a monkey on my foot if you asked me to and I would still leave a comment. But only for you.

    Happy New Year!

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  6. LOL @ Cibele!!!! I always leave comments and I HATE word verification....then with comment moderation I often think what was the point. I took word verification off of my blog ages ago...I do get spammed at times...but i will try moderation. I did the full page thingy as some people can't leave comments with the pop up window.....probably as they have pop ups blocked. I will try it and see though.
    Happy New Year Leslie.

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  7. This is a great post, and I so appreciate your very sweet comments about my blog and my "boys". Thanks so much! Best, Curt

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