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  1. How can I require readers to post their comments under one of the available comments?

  2. Can we get a link to your wordpress.COM blog? And if you are hosted here, consider linking it in your user name as explained in the sticky, 8 Things, at the top of the forum

  3. I'm at http://andj4613.wordpress.com/. How do I link it to my user name, and is there any way to take my uner name out of my web address?

    While I'm at it, is there a way to remove the comment link for a section where comments are not wanted?

  4. 1. You link your user name to your blog by following the instructions in the sticky, 8 Things, at the top of the forums - same as I mentioned above.

    2. To change your url, look at the FAQ on domain mapping

    3. You can only remove the comment link if you have the CSS upgrade (also in the FAQ) but be aware that you should already be familiar with CSS as there is no official support for it and only a few people in the forums are well versed it it. The best you can do if you don't want comments is to uncheck the "Allow Comments" section of the edit post window.

    As to your original question - I'm not sure what you mean by "require." You can't force readers to comment.

  5. Thanks Teck07. You cleared that one up!

    vivianpage, I realize I can't force readers to comment. What I want to do is that when they want to comment, to force them to do so under one of the categories. My blog is at http://andj4613.wordpress.com/.

    I may have solved that problem, but now the issues are: I don't want people to click on one of my categories and be taken off-site to a bunch of blather I didn't initiate or moderate. Can I make those links just go away? Second, for each of my categories, there are currently 3 clickable links. For example, under Bioethics, I can click the word Bioethics at the top of the post (which doesn't even look like a link, yet is the one that seems to do what I want), the same word in orange just below that (that one is the offending one mentioned above), and the comment link (that one also produces a good result). Further, when I click the link by that name on the right, I get a spartan-looking page that doesn't seem to serve much of a purpose.

    Many thanks for your help!

  6. I don't want people to click on one of my categories and be taken off-site to a bunch of blather I didn't initiate or moderate. Can I make those links just go away?

    You weren't clear but I believe you are referring to the categories on the posts themselves. Those point to the global tag pages and unless you have the CSS upgrade (not recommended unless you know CSS) then there is no way to remove them.

    Second, for each of my categories, there are currently 3 clickable links. For example, under Bioethics, I can click the word Bioethics at the top of the post (which doesn't even look like a link, yet is the one that seems to do what I want),

    Took me a while to figure this out, but that the title of the post, not the category. Clicking on it takes you to a single page that shows only that post.

    the same word in orange just below that (that one is the offending one mentioned above),

    This is the global tags pages I mentioned.

    and the comment link (that one also produces a good result).

    This takes you to the comment section of the single post page.

    Further, when I click the link by that name on the right, I get a spartan-looking page that doesn't seem to serve much of a purpose.

    The name on the right is the category widget. Clicking on any of those categories keeps the reader on your blog and displays the category page. It shows ALL posts in that category on your blog.

    Readers don't comment on categories, they comment on posts. Let's say I have a post about Obama, a post about McCain, a post about Clinton, and have all three of them categorized as politics. The comments for each post go with that post, not with the category politics. If I click on the category politics in my post, it will take me to a page where other bloggers are writing about politics. If I click on the category politics in the category widget in my sidebar, it will take them to a page that shows all three posts by their titles: Obama, McCain, Clinton.

    Does that help?

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