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The Discussion Settings are used to control how visitors and other blogs interact with your site.

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To change your site’s discussion settings:

  1. Go to My Site > Manage > Settings.
  2. Select Discussion at the top.

Or, navigate directly to the Discussion Settings link and select your site.

Screenshot of the heading section for the Settings tab, showing Discussion on the right side

Default Article Settings

In the Default article settings, there are three options. These settings are defaults for new posts or pages, which can always be changed individually on each article. This first two options deal with pingbacks and trackbacks.

  1. The first determines if your blog will send out pings and trackbacks to other blogs when you publish articles.
  2. The second determines if your blog will accept pings and trackbacks from other blogs.
  3. The third option allows you to enable or disable comments by default.
The Default Article Settings toggles, with options for: Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article; Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks); and Allow people to post comments on new articles. Followed by a note that states "These settings may be overridden for individual articles."

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Other Comment Settings

Other comment settings has quite a few options, so let’s explain them one at a time.

  1. Comment author must fill out name and e-mail – When this setting is on, anyone leaving a comment will be forced to leave a name and a valid email address. If the setting is off, visitors can leave anonymous comments. Note: While your commenters do not have to fill in the email field if you’ve turned this setting off, it will still be visible to them when they comment.
  2. Users must be registered and logged in to comment – If this box is checked, only logged in WordPress.com users will be allowed to leave comments. If it is not checked, any visitor can leave a comment.
  3. Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days – This setting can be used to have comments closed on articles that are X days old. As an example, if you only want articles to accept comments for 30 days you would check the box and type 30 into the text field.
  4. Enable threaded (nested) comments __ levels deep– Turn on this option to allow visitors to reply to other comments inline/nested. When turned on it can allow for better discussions and responses. We suggest using a maximum of 3 levels deep. Anything higher and the theme layouts may not work as expected. Note: Enabling the setting only applies to new comments since existing comments don’t have any threading date. However, disabling this setting applies to all comments.
  5. Break comments into pages with __ comments per page and the __ last page displayed by default – If your posts/pages get a lot of comments, you may want to split the comments into pages. You can choose how many top level comments (nested comments are not counted and will not be split between two pages) to show for each page. You can also choose which page to show by default when a visitor first views the comments.
  6. Comments should be displayed with the __ comments at the top of each page –  This setting allows you to reverse the order of comments. You can display comments in ascending or descending order.
The Comment setting toggles section, displaying the options detailed in the list above, with a Save Settings button.

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E-mail Me Whenever

The E-mail me whenever options control when you get notified about new comments. Learn more about email notifications here.

A section titled "E-mail me whenever", with options that can be enabled for: Anyone posts a comment; A comment is held for moderation; Someone likes one of my posts; Someone reblogs one of my posts; Someone follows my blog.

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Before A Comment Appears

Before a comment appears has two different settings.

  1. If the first setting is checked, all comments will go into moderation and they will need to be approved by an administrator before appearing on the blog.
  2. If the second option is checked, any visitors that have had a comment approved on the blog in the past will get a free pass through approval and only comments from new visitors will go into moderation.
"Before a comment appears" section with two toggles: Comment must be manually approved; and Comment author must have a previously approved comment.

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Comment Moderation

Comment Moderation has two options:

  1. Hold a comment in the queue if it contains __ or more links – A lot of spam comments include a large number of hyperlinks. The default setting here is 2 but you can make this higher or lower. If you set this to 0, all comments will be held in moderation, which would be the same as checking Comment must be manually approved in the previous section.
  2. When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be held in the moderation queue. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress.” This section is for moderating the comments by content.
Comment Moderation section with options to hold comments for approval if they contain a certain number of links or specific text as described in the list above.

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Disallowed Comments

Disallowed comments is very similar to the Comment Moderation list, but when something matches here, the comment is deleted and sent to Trash instead of held for moderation.

Disallowed Comments section that indicates: When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be put in the trash. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so "press" will match "WordPress".

See page 2 for instructions on additional discussion settings in /wp-admin

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