Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Which Queue Is Your Comment In?

The new Blogger commenting system has been out for several weeks now, and as some blog owners are becoming accustomed to it, it appears that others are occasionally confused. We see recent reports in BHF: Something Is Broken
I am moderating comments, yet I find some comments being published without my input.
and
I deleted the comments, and now I can't get them back!
and
All of the comments to my blog are going straight to Spam.
These reports may be from folks who are not observing what queue they are looking at, or what the buttons do, in the Comments wizard.

The Comments wizard has been moved from a small link in the Post Editor display, to a full sized tab, and a link in the dashboard. We now have "Edit Posts", "Comments", "Settings", "Design", "Monetize", and "Stats" - in that order, for both the dashboard links, and the tabs set.

Under the Comments tab, we have 3 sub tabs - "Published", "Awaiting Moderation", and "Spam". Each sub tab has its own unique set of buttons, for moving the comments selected to another queue.
  • Published
    • Spam
    • Delete
    • Remove Content
  • Awaiting Moderation
    • Publish
    • Spam
    • Delete
  • Spam
    • Delete
    • Not Spam
Note the relative effect of the buttons. "Not Spam", "Publish", and "Spam" move the comments from one queue to another. Comments moved to one queue, by mistake, can be moved to another, just as easily. "Delete" and "Remove Content", on the other hand, produce an irreversible effect - there is no "Deleted" queue, from where you might recover an erroneous deletion. So delete with great care.

When you are moderating the comments on your blog, occasionally take a second - look at the sub tab heading, and make sure that you're in the right queue. Doing that may occasionally save you some confusion, or worse embarrassment.

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1 comment:

Friko said...

thank you, that was very helpful.
Following your advice I have managed to get the comment into the proper place.