Learning to Love Comment Moderation
I’ll bet you never thought you’d see the day when you looked forward to moderating your comments, but this might just be it. Comment moderation has been vastly improved, with all kinds of little tools and changes to help keep things quick and painless.
The Comments menu of your dashboard has a new, beautiful layout. Above the comments queue, you’ll see options to filter by Pending (formerly known as Awaiting Moderation), Approved, and Spam:
Below the text of each comment you’ll find action links, which let you Approve, Mark as Spam, Delete, Edit, Quick Edit, and Reply straight from the dashboard. After you’ve approved a comment, you can also Unapprove. All of these are color coded to help you move along faster than ever.
There’s also a section called In Response To, from which you can:
- Click on the number of comments displayed in the talk bubble to filter your comments view to only show comments on that post or page.
- Click the title of a post or page to go to the edit view for that post or page.
- Click on the # sign that appears next to the comment count to go to the post or page itself, on your blog.
To navigate to a specific comment on your blog, click the timestamp that displays after Submitted On.
You can batch edit comments by checking the boxes that appear next to each title. Then select the action you’d like to take from the Bulk Actions dropdown.
Comments also appear in the Discussion module on the Edit Posts screen. Action links, user info, and a comment permalink all appear here:
Action links also appear in the Recent Comments module on your dashboard, including pending comments, which display as highlighted:
Finally, you can moderate comments using keyboard shortcuts after enabling this feature under My Account > Edit Profile. Use J to go down and K to go up the rows, and use A to approve, S to mark as spam, D to delete, E to edit, and R to reply.
To learn more about what’s new in your new WordPress dashboard, check out this Support page.