Allowing comments sounds like a great way to establish dialog and build community, right? In an ideal world, maybe. Unfortunately, it also opens your blog to spam, and worse, that can put your blog, your users and the School Division’s reputation at risk!
For these reasons, we set up all ACPS blogs to disallow public comments, link notifications, pingbacks and trackbacks, and ask that you give serious consideration to the implications before changing these settings.
The only way to enable comments securely is to restrict comments to authenticated users — meaning ACPS Staff and Student whose network credentials and access we manage.
- Go to Settings > Discussion
On Discussion Settings page, in top section named “Default article settings,” uncheck “Allow people to post comments . . . ”
- In “Other comment settings,” check “Users must be registered and logged in to comment”
- In “Before a comment appears,” check “An administrator must always approve the comment”
- Click “Save Changes”
On posts or pages you created prior to changing this setting, you will have to manually remove the comment forms, using the Quick Edit link:
- Click on the Posts link or hover over the link and Select “All Posts.”
- Hold your cursor over the title of a post, and a submenu appears with four links: Edit, Quick Edit, Trash, View
- Click “Quick Edit”
- On the right side of the Quick Edit panel is a checkbox labelled “Allow Comments.” Clear the checkbox to remove the comment box from this post.
- Click the Update button to save your changes.