WordPress Comment Suggestions

Following are a few of my preferences for WordPress bloggers if your are interested.  To access these preferences, go to your Dashboard, click “Settings” then click “Discussion”.  So here is what I suggest for the “Discussion Settings” page:

  • Default article settings:
    • Turn off: “(pingbacks and trackbacks)”: they are clutter and spamish.
    • Turn off : “attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article.  This is also spamish.  Just go comment on their blog if it is important to you.
  • Other comment settings:
    • Only check “Comment author must fill out name and e-mail”. Stop anonymous commentors.
    • DON’T check “enable threaded (nested) comments. These are obnoxious.
  • Comment Reply Via Email:
    • Check “Enable sending comment replies via email”. This is crucial.
  • Follow Comments:
    • Check “Show a ‘follow comments’ option in the comment form”. This is crucial.
  • Follow Blog:
    • Don’t check this. It clutters the comment form and tricks people to follow your blog when they only intended to follow your thread on that comment.

Be sure to click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page.

Question to readers:  What do you think? 


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2 responses to “WordPress Comment Suggestions

  1. So interesting that you wrote about it this way. It is much easier to follow than someone using tech speak. The ones I understand, I have a srong opinion on those. I don’t mind who comments or how, because I have it set to hold all comments until I approve them. This is very effective at keeping people in line.

    I have notifications and all else to my email account blocked. With WP it’s a real nightmare.

    Never quite understood how to *create* pingbacks and trackbacks (except it seems to merely alert someone that they did a follow up post. That would annoy me so I have those disabled too).

    The Follow button just allows a subscription to the blog, right?

  2. @ amelie ,
    Interesting, I dislike sites that hold comments — it slows down the dialogue and people’s comment appear well after others and so the conversation can sound confuse.

    Yes, the “Follow Button” allows a subscription to your blog. It is as if with each post you are saying “Please subscribe to my Blog and, oh yeah, to this post too.”

    You can put a “Follow This Blog” in the widget column instead.

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