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Monday, June 5, 2017

Do You Check Comments Waiting for Moderation?

On the Blogger Dashboard, when you click Comments, it shows Spam, Published, and To Be Moderated. I have comments older than 2 weeks requiring moderation. This keeps spam comments from popping up unnoticed on old posts.

I've also requested an email when I get a comment that's waiting for approval. More often, they just go to the file "comments waiting for moderation" without sending me the email notification. I finally realized how often this happens when I checked the file the other day and saw nearly a dozen really great comments on older blog posts. There were even comments from last year!

I quickly hit "publish" , feeling bad that I'd missed them at the time. I've been on Blogger nearly ten years and still it seems there's always something new to learn!

Do you require older comments to be moderated? I highly recommend it, to avoid sick crap from showing up on past posts. I also recommend checking the file regularly so as to not miss them!

22 comments:

  1. After seven days, mine require approval. Yes, I do check at least three times a week. Because they do pile up otherwise!

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  2. I require approval on first comments from new people, and I close comments on comment older than 90 days old. For me, I found it's rare for peeps to comment on old stuff. I think maybe they think we won't see it. I dunno. But I do check stuff that is in the spam folder and moderation folder once a week (usually the day after I post).

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    1. Yeah, I was really surprised to see actual comments on older posts. Surprised and pleased.

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  3. Hi Karen - I really should alter my criteria a bit - will do ... but for now I do check and occasionally find comments that need publishing, and comments that need to go in the other direction ... to spam! I keep an eye out ...

    Well done for remembering to check - cheers Hilary

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  4. LOL! I try. I might miss them for a week or so though. Moderation does catch the spam.

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  5. On my blog, every comment generates an email. I can approve, delete, or mark as spam right on the spot.

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  6. I allow all comments for the first twenty four hours, and then moderate the rest. It works best for me.

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  7. I have it that people can comment right away...I have never had an issue...so far:)

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  8. I don't have moderation on any comments but having it on older posts sounds like a good idea.

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  9. I blog once a month, so I require moderation after 30 days. It took me a while to figure that out, too :)

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  10. Thanks for reminding me to check. Hope all is well in your world.

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  11. I have the same arrangement as you, where comments are moderated. Sometimes when I'm away from the internet the 'publish' command has to wait as much as half a day. But I usually get the notice that a comment was posted and awaits my approval within a few hours. I've had very little spam (as befits a blog that is not followed by many) but when it comes it is obnoxious. Usually a link to a service with some inane comment preceding. I've never censored a real comment from a real commentator just because I didn't like what they were saying. I can deal with that.

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    1. Mirka, I wouldn't actually mind the occasional contentious comment but I guess I'm not controversial enough to get anything but really nice comments. But the spam ones are so annoying.

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  12. I don't have comment moderation turned on, and never thought about checking the moderation thingy. Most days of the month, I forget to even check my blog.

    Boy, have I come a long way from checking my blog comments repeatedly, all day, every day. Kinda scary.

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    1. Dolorah, Yes, I know exactly what you mean. How times have changed from when we all first started, right?

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  13. This was very educational. I have been so niave.

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  14. Dear Karen, I was absent from blogging for nearly two years and when I came back I discovered this new twist with Blogger. We no longer get the e-mail, we have to go to Dash and find the comments waiting to be accepted/published. Peace.

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    1. Dee, Welcome back to blogging! I guess I got confused because occasionally I will get the random email informing me of a comment waiting for approval. I know better now.

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  15. Hmm? Never gave much thought to this, but now I think I must. Thanks. Oh, btw, LOve your blog header. Do you love living in Guatemala?

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    1. I did love living in Guatemala, then Mexico when we went there. Although we are presently back home in Salt Lake City, I'm not ready to take down the beautiful blog header. It's a photo taken by my son when he came down to visit us in Panajachel.

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  16. Hi, Karen,

    Funny... I just changed mine. I was getting horrible spam comments on old posts, so that is exactly what I did... two weeks and then notification.

    Thanks for the comment you left on my post last week. I finally managed to pen out something for the WEP Bridges bloghop. Hope you get a chance to drop by and read it....

    Your header is STUNNING..., but I know Salt Lake is beautiful, too. My grandmother visited there in the 1960s and said it was one of the most beautiful places she had ever visited.... and she traveled allover the country and Europe as well.

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  17. I initially screened comments on my blog before allowing them to be posted, but now I just let people post without prior approval. I do make sure that I get e-mail notifications regarding comments, especially since I have e-mail on my phone and it's easier than checking my blog periodically.

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