The Discussion Settings group relates to the different ways that comments can be controlled, when notification should occur, and customization levels for comment authors. It contains the following items:

  • Default Article Settings:
    • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to the article (slows down posting) – default enabled
    • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) – default enabled
    • Allow people to post comments on the article – default enabled
  • E-mail Me Whenever:
    • Anyone posts a comment – default enabled
    • A comment is held for moderation (should be reviewed prior to publishing) – default enabled
  • Before a Comment Appears:
    • An administrator must always approve the comment – default disabled
    • Comment author must fill out name and e-mail – default enabled
    • Comment author must have a previously approved comment – default enabled
  • Comment Moderation: Triggers for possible spam or inappropriate content alerts – requires administrator to review comment prior to publication
  • Comment Blacklist: Trigger for automatic spam or inappropriate content

Avatars – An image that follows a user from blog to blog and appears beside the username when a comment is made on an avatar enabled site

  • Avatar Display: Whether or not to show avatars on your site
  • Maximum Rating: The self-imposed site rating – uses movie ratings as a rating standard
  • Default Avatar: A default avatar to use if users don’t’ have their own