Comment actions

The bottom of a comment-notification e-mail from WordPress provides links to four separate actions you can take on the pending comment.

Approve the comment

To approve the comment, click the Approve It link. That link takes you to a confirmation panel (Figure 10.5) that asks whether you're sure you want to approve the comment. Click No or Approve Comment. If you click No, the comment remains in the moderation queue.

Caution: You are about to approve the following comment: Are you sure you want to do that?

Approve Comment

Author Ambrose

E-mail [email protected]

Comment Whoever drew that picture is a genius!

Figure 10.5 Confirm comment approval in this panel.

Delete the comment

If the comment is obviously spam or is otherwise objectionable, you can delete the comment by clicking the Delete It link. A confirmation panel asks whether you're sure you want to delete the comment (Figure 10.6). Click No to cancel or Delete Comment to delete the comment.

Caution: You are about to delete the following comment: Are you sure you want to do that? NO

Delete Comment

Author

Ambrose

E-mail

[email protected]

Comment

Whoever drew that picture is a genius!

Figure 10.6 Confirm comment deletion in this panel.

Figure 10.6 Confirm comment deletion in this panel.

Mark the comment as spam

Instead of deleting a comment outright, you can mark it as spam by clicking the Spam It link in the notification e-mail. Again, a confirmation panel asks you to confirm your choice (Figure 10.7); click No or Spam Comment.

Caution: You are about to mark the following comment as spam: Are you sure you want to do that? No Spam Comment |

Author Ambrose

E-mail [email protected]

Comment Whoever drew that picture is a genius!

Figure 10.7 Confirming that you want to mark a comment as spam.

Unlike deleting a comment, marking a comment as spam doesn't delete it from the WordPress database. Instead, WordPress holds on to the comment in the hope that you'll activate a comment-spam plug-in, so that it can add the comment to a central spam-comment database (see "Dealing with Comment Spam" later in this chapter).

Manage the comment

The final link in the e-mail takes to you to the Manage Comments panel, which applies a filter to display only moderated comments. That panel is the topic of the following section.

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