A note about comments from spammers

Recently, Betsy notified us that she was getting some spam comments on her blog and we thought this might be a good opportunity to remind everyone about how to address this issue. The Georgetown Commons is generally well protected against spam but new accounts get created all the time so it is important to mark these comments as spam. This will allow the system to “learn” about these new accounts and will automatically start marking it as spam.

You can mark comments as spam by simply going to the Comments page in the administrative section of your ePortfolio. Once you are on the page, you will see a list of comments. If you hover over the comment in question, you should get options like the ones shown in the image below.

Click on the “spam” option and the comment will get classified under the spam section. Since all your ePortfolios are public ePortfolios anyone can comment. If you’d like to change this setting you can do so by going to the “Comment Policy” page which is a sub page of the “Settings” page and choosing the option that says only members of the blog can comment. Here is a link which provides a detailed description about the comment options that are available to our users.

You might also receive email notification whenever you receive a comment, you can turn off this option if you don’t want these emails. This option can be found in the “Discussion” page under the “Settings” page (see image below).

I hope this will help you address some of the spam problems that you might have been seeing on your portfolio.

About Marie Selvanadin

Marie Selvanadin, Web Application Developer, CNDLS
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