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How can I control who can comment on my entries?

When you write an entry on your blog, you can control who can comment on it. This control is achieved through creating groups of people who you can then allow to comment on various entries. There are several preset groups such as 'Anyone', 'Staff', 'Students', 'Staff/Students' and 'Just me', and one group ready and waiting for you to add people to it which is called 'Friends', but you can also create your own groups.

To control who can comment on your entry, you must first be signed into BlogBuilder with your IT Services username and password.

  1. On the right hand side of the utility bar of your blog you will see a link that says 'Create entry'. Hover over the 'Create entry' link and a drop down menu will appear. Choose the type of entry you wish to create. The create new entry screen should appear.
  2. Write your entry in the normal way.
  3. Decide on who can comment on your entry. Then click on the drop down list under 'Who can comment on this entry icon Who can comment on this entry?' and select the group you would like to be able to comment on this entry. The groups are explained below.

    Choosing who can comment on your entry
  4. When you have finished writing your entry, click on the 'Publish now' button Publish now button.

If you have already written your entry and you subsequently decide that you want to be change who can comment on it, then you can click on the 'Edit' link below the entry and follow steps 3 and 4 above.

The choices that you may see in the drop down privacy list include:

  • Anyone
    Anyone can comment on the entry
  • Staff
    Only staff at the University of Warwick and the blog owner can comment on the entry
  • Students
    Only students at the University of Warwick and the blog owner can comment on the entry
  • Staff/Students
    Only staff and students at the University of Warwick and the blog owner can comment on the entry
  • Friends
    Only people that have been added to the friends group and the blog owner can comment on the entry. Note that this group is initially empty until you add some people to it.
  • Contributors
    Only contributors to the blog and the blog owner can comment on the entry
  • Just me
    Only the owner of the blog can comment on the entry
  • Custom...
    Allows you to choose a combination of your groups

plus any groups that you have created.

When you select one of these groups it means that the group will be able to comment on your blog entry. You can also control who is able to see your blog entry by clicking on the drop down privacy list under 'Privacy list icon Who can see this entry?' and selecting the level of privacy you would like for the entry.

The 'Custom...' group allows you to choose a combination of your groups. When you choose 'Custom...' a pop-up window appears. All the groups, including ones you have created yourself are listed. Next to each group is a checkbox. Tick as many of the boxes as you wish to create a custom group. Then click the 'Done' button.

Example: Your entry may be about an issue relating only to members of the University and so you might want to set the entry to only allow comments by 'Staff/Students'.