Discussion and Commenting

A feature of WordPress is that users and readers can now comment on posts and pages that Administrators, Editors, Authors, and Contributors write and create. This is helpful for a myriad of reasons, namely that this allows students to interact with the Department, Professor, or Group on the web, on our website. Now you can imagine the disadvantage to this system due to the risk for abuse, so by default we have disabled this feature and given Administrators the power to enable or disable comments. There are many settings that can filter out specific users or readers and can configure comments for a particular use.

You can find these settings in your “Settings -> Discussion” menu to the left of your Dashboard. Firstly, to enable comments you want to check the third checkbox in the “Default article settings” section. This will allow commenting on ALL posts.

Note: You can override this setting for individual posts in the “URI Custom Panel” below the Post or Page text box.

The following settings are optional but are also recommended when setting up a Discussion on a post.

“Comment author must fill out name and email” – Enabling this setting will discourage anonymity of readers commenting and will give you contact info for future discussion if necessary.
“Users must be registered and logged in to comment” – Enabling this will restrict all users that are not part of your site from commenting on your posts. If your site is a Course Page, then only class members may comment on your posts.
“An administrator must always approve the comment” – Enabling this is highly recommended to prevent students or readers from posting inappropriate or offensive content on your webpage.