Friday, July 3, 2009

How to Post Comments

It is now easier to post a comment at the Legal History Blog. Anonymous comments are now allowed, and you don't have to sign in via Google or Open ID. Comments are moderated, however, to avoid spam and trolls.

To post a comment, simply click on the "comment" link below any post.

While you can post anonymously, signed comments are appreciated. You can also create an alias through a google or Open ID account so that you don't have to post a comment under your real name.

Comment moderation is unfortunate but necessary because when we had unmoderated comments, the blog received lots of spam comments. We approve all comments on the substance of the post. We reject spam comments and comments directing readers to third party commercial sites. Criticism of posts or of scholarship cited in posts is welcome, however ad hominem attacks are not welcome. Direct criticism of another scholar is more likely to be approved if the comment is signed. Comments are usually approved quickly. It takes longer when we are traveling and away from e-mail.

If you would like to leave a comment, and you can't find the "comments" link at the bottom of a post, it is most likely because your cursor is hovering over the "share" widget. (The share widget enables readers to share a blog post through social networking sites.) To reveal the "comments" link, just move your cursor to another area on the blog. The share widget will revert to a small link, and the "comments" link will appear below it.