Sometimes, when attempting to leave a comment at a student blog, you see a message that says “awaiting moderation.” And, depending on how the student blog is set up, you’re message might seem to disappear – which is disconcerting if you’ve spent five or ten minutes working on your comment (it hasn’t really disappeared).
Or, you get an email message saying that there is a comment awaiting moderation at your student blog. Being unable to leave a comment, or being constantly bothered about moderation – in either case, it’s annoying. But there are ways to fix it so that you don’t have to worry about moderation.
Moderation means you have to personally approve every comment that appears at your blog. To avoid this, and to avoid having your classmates get frustrated when they try to comment at your blog, you just have to un-check a few check boxes on the administrative page of your blog.
Here are more precise directions.
Log in to your blog. You may have a browser bookmark, or another quick way to get to your blog. If not, you could just go to the main WordPress page…
… and log in there.
Once you log in, the main page that comes up should be your “My Blogs” page (if not, the link for the “My Blogs” page is in the menu at the top of the page.
I have many blogs but you probably have just one, your blog for ENGL245. Find the “Blog Admin” link under the name of your blog.
Click on that. Your “Dashboard” page will appear. Hopefully you are already familiar with this page (since you have been posting at your blog).
You want to go to your “Settings” page. The link to that page can be found near the bottom of the menu on the left side of the “Dashboard” page. When you move your cursor over “Settings,” a submenu appears.
In the submenu, click on “Discussion.”
That takes you to your “Discussion Settings” page.
Midway down the page you will find a series of check boxes.
For “Email me whenever” there are five check boxes. The first two check boxes (“anyone posts a comment” and “a comment is held for moderation”) should be unchecked.
For “Before a comment appears” there are two check boxes (“an administrator must always approve comment” and “comment author must have previously approved comment”). These two check boxes should be unchecked.
Once the boxes are unchecked, scroll down to the blue “Save Changes” button and click it.
Then you can logout and/or exit your blog (I usually exit without logging out, so that I can access my “Dashboard” whenever I go to my blog, without having to go to the main WordPress page first).