Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How To Comment

We have been asked a few times how to comment. Initially we had it set for only authenticated comments; anonymous is now enabled. After giving it a quick test run, it turns out it's actually a bit more involved to comment than one might expect so we're posting instructions.

To comment on a blog post you need to:
  • Open the actual blog posting
    • Click on either the title entry or the "X comments" link at the bottom

    • Your browser address bar should now show a URL similar to http://rptripnotes.blogspot.com/year#/month#/post-title.html
  • Scroll to the bottom of the posting and locate the comment controls
  • Enter your comment
  • Open the "Select profile..." box. Unless you know you have one of the other profile types, pick:
    • Google Account if you have a google account. Any GMail account is a Google Account so if you use GMail this will work for you.
    • Name/URL if you want to post and have it show up with a name you get to type in
    • Anonymous if you want to post without showing a name


  • Click "Preview"
  • If you chose Google Account as your profile type:
    • You may see an error the first time you click preview. If you see something similar to the picture below, just click preview again


    • You should be taken to a login screen similar to the picture below; login using the same user/password you use for your gmail account. 


    • You should see a preview of your post, similar to the picture below. If all looks well, click Post Comment to post it

    • All done; you should now see your posted comment!


  • If you chose Name/URL as your account type
    • You should immediately be prompted for name and url, similar to the picture below


    • Enter the name you would like to show up, enter a URL if you have a personal website you'd like to link back to or just leave URL blank and click Continue
    • You will be asked to type a word shown in an image to confirm you are a real person and not an automated spammer

    • Enter the word shown and click Post Comment. You should see your posted comment, similar to the picture below


    • All done!
  • If you chose Anonymous as your profile type:
    • Click Preview
    • You should be prompted to type a verification word, similar to the picture below to verify you are a real person


    • Enter the verification word and click Post Comment
    • Enter the word shown and click Post Comment. You should see your posted comment, similar to the picture below


    • All Done!

1 comment:

Eric said...

Giving this a try.

But--interesting blog.

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