How to Allow Blog Users to Moderate Comments in WordPress
Comment moderation can be a big pain for larger sites. This is why most large blogs are using third party commenting services like Disqus, Livefyre, etc. All those platforms allow you to appoint any user as your comment moderator. In this article, we will show you how to allow blog users to moderate comments in WordPress. This way you can give your most loyal community members an extra role of “Comment Moderator”. You can even reward them by giving them credit and backlinks from your sidebar like Michael Hyatt. This will allow you to have community leaders within your blog, and you will save some time on comment moderation.
How to Enable and Moderate Comments on WordPress
By default, commenting is enabled on a WordPress website. There are two ways in which users could comment on the website. Either, they could sign up on the website as a user or use one of their social profile to comment on the blog. On many blogs, both these methods are in effect through various plugins. The comment area comprises of a form that incorporates a text area and text editor. While the design of the comment area remains similar, the installed theme could also impact the appearance of the comment area.
How to Allow Users to Report Inappropriate Comments in WordPress
WordPress is a community software, and it is used by many online communities to run their websites. Great thing about communities is that people work together against challenges for the betterment of the whole group. Comment moderation is one such challenge. Despite the number of spam detection tools such as Akismet and others, trolls often find ways to get their negative comments on your post. In the past, we have written a tutorial about how to allow blog users to moderate comments in WordPress. This obviously requires a lot of trust, and it puts the burden on the selected users. Instead of making your users moderators, most popular sites like Facebook and Youtube has an option to flag or report inappropriate comment or content. In this article we will show you how to allow users to report inappropriate comments in WordPress. Once a certain comment has been reported a specific amount of times, then it would be held for moderation.
How to Allow Users to Post Anonymous Comments in WordPress
Simply removing this checkbox wouldn’t tell your users that they can leave comments without providing a name or email address. You may want to communicate this by showing that name and email fields are optional. We also suggest removing the website URL field to discourage spam. To do this, you need to modify your comment form. Simply copy and paste the following code in your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.