Saturday, October 9, 2010

Blogger's Comment Formatting Options - Please Read

I have discovered the reason........well, a reason anyway, why some people like myself cannot post comments on many people's blogs. The Blogger default setting for readers to post comments, is the embedded comment box. That's the format where a white comment box appears at the bottom of your post, and your readers simply type in their comment, and click on the button that says, Post Comment. Well, it turns out that many wireless internet services are incompatible with that format. If you are accessing the internet through a smart phone, or desk top computer, or lap top using a wireless USB modem, your ISP may not allow you to post on blogs with the embedded comment box.

If you have been wondering why only a few select people ever comment on your blog, it may be because you are using this default setting. Blogger has three options for comment formatting, the default, which I've just discussed, the pop-up comment window, and the separate page for comments. The latter two seem to work for everyone, while the default setting only works for some. You can easily change to the pop-up window, or separate page for comments, by going into you blog settings, accessing the comment tab, and checking off the selection you want.

I hope those of you who have the embedded comment box, will choose to switch to one of the other two formats. I enjoy reading so many of your blogs, and would love to leave my comments, but the embedded comment format you are using prevents me and others from doing that.

Thanks for having the patience to read this. Hopefully we can all open our blogs up, so that more people can fully participate in the discussions.

Melissa XX

16 comments:

mrslickiv6 said...

I'm sorry I checked and I'm guilty of this one. I've changed it. I wondered just last nite why comment on different blog came up differently. I guess they should require us to learn how the program work before letting us use it.

Khloe said...

Hmm...I am wondering if this is why I haven't seen as many visitors. It could be that or the fact that I haven't had time to add any new entries lately which I am going to remedy soon. Either way, I fixed the setting. I wish there was a way to get more people interested but I guess I should be careful what I wish for :)

I hope you are doing well Melissa. Have a wonderful weekend!

Khloe

Veronica said...

I used the separate page format for a long time. I'm guessing it was the default when I set up my blog over three years ago, because I never chose it. It just came that way. More recently, I took a liking to the separate window (as you have set), so I switched to that.

The embedded comment form seems to be newer. When I first saw it on blogs, I couldn't use it. Things just wouldn't post. I'm not using a wireless modem, but if you look at the Settings tab, Comments subpage, you'll see this: "The embedded comment form can not be used if you have Post Pages disabled." My geekiness fails me here. I have no idea what that is. But for some unknown reason, my problems with the embedded box went away.

Even thought the embedded box works for me, it is my least favourite because you can't see much if any of the original post.

Melissa said...

@ Khloe

For some reason, ever since you reformatted your blog, it hasn't been showing up on my reading list. To get to your blog, I have to go to your profile, and then click on your blog from there.

Melissa XX

Anji said...

That really interests me. I've recently been involved in setting up a blog exchange and we've discovered that one of the comment systems breaks frames on the exchange. we recommend the pop up, then there are no problems. I'll add what you've mentioned to the information in our FAQ, thanks.

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