As a newbie I have no idea if what I’m about to ask is out to lunch or not. I just left a comment on a blog without understanding that it would be publicly viewable prior to it’s owner’s choice to make my comment public or not. And as I have not had anyone comment on my blog as yet I have no experience to rely upon. Is it possible for wp admin to set up private messaging between us wp.com bloggers? If so please put this on the “wish list”. And if it isn’t possible please forgive me for sounding like a twerp. Thanks.
Any blog with Moderation turned off will post ALL comments immediately to the site. Turning Moderation on means that all comments must be approved prior to posting. For my blog, I prefer to foster the feeling of immediate feedback as if it were more of an open forum than a personal soapbox. Still, I agree that there really needs to be some form of private messaging even if it’s just a checkbox option on the comments forms that allows users to mark a message as private.
I like the checkbox idea. Should we post this thread as an “ideas” item for WP admin to put on the wish list? What do others think?
Someone beat me to it…
But the thing with BlogAds is that other sites and blogs are the ones that advertise on your site. So it’s not ads for t-shirts or vacations or a new mortgage like Google Adsense. What’s being advertised on BlogAds are other blogs.
Well, I finally had to break down and place direct contact information into a sidebar text widget. I need users to be able to contact me directly, and I don’t want to force moderation on comments unless I absolutely have to. There is a possible workaround that I experimented with; it’s not what I want for my site, but it might work for others:
POSTING EMAIL ADDRESSES
The reason people try to avoid posting email addresses on a website is that email harvesting bots scour the web looking for email addresses to sell to advertisers who want to fill your inbox with spam. However, these bots (along with search engine bots) cannot visit secured (password-protected) pages.
Therefore, the simple solution is to create a password-protected page (with a fairly obvious password like “conact” or something) on which to place contact information. This can be a top-level page if you want it to display with the rest of your pages or a subpage (of, say, your ABOUT page) that will only display when the parent page displays. Then, put a text widget in the very top of one of your sidbars, title it “Contact Me” (or whatever you want,) put some text in it like,
Please enter the password “contact” in order to contact me.
and wrap it up in anchor tags linking to your contact page.
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