FAQ - Comments

  • Can I edit/delete/screen/freeze a comment I posted or that was posted in my journal?

    Comments can be deleted, frozen or screened. In addition, you can edit a comment you posted until someone has replied to it.
  • How do I ban/unban a user from commenting my entries and replying to my comments?

    If you are having problems with a certain user, but you'd still like to allow comments by other people who aren't on your Friends List, you can ban the specific user from posting comments in your journal. To be effective, you should also disable or screen anonymous commenting. You can ban a user when you delete a comment they made, or manually from the Ban and Unban Users page.
  • How do I control who can post comments in my journal?

    After you select who can reply to your entries from the Enable Comments option on the Privacy tab of the My Account Settings page, you also have more options to control or disable comments.
  • What are comments? How do I enable/disable commenting?

    When you write a new entry, your friends can respond by adding a comment. After your entry has a comment or someone replies to one of your comments, you may receive LiveJournal emails about your comments and your friends can also reply to the older comments. Comments can be 4,300 characters with subjects of 100 characters. Depending on the journal and poster you may be able to leave comments without a LiveJournal account; delete, freeze, or screen a comment; or edit your own comments, under certain conditions. However, you can never edit others' comments, even in your journal, on an entry you posted, or in a community you maintain.

    Enabling and Disabling Comments

    Most comment options, including comment notification emails, are located on the Privacy tab of the My Account Settings page:
    • Enable comments by selecting "everybody" (allows anonymous comments), "registered users" (allows validated OpenID or other identity users), or "friends" next to Enable comments.
    • Disable comments by selecting "nobody" next to Enable comments. Comments left previously will then be hidden from everybody, including yourself.
    • You can also control comments in your journal or a single entry.
    • After changing settings on the the Privacy tab of the My Account Settings page, you need to click the Save button near the bottom of the page before the changes will take effect.
  • What is Comment IP Logging? What does "this user is logging my IP address" mean?

    As an anti-harassment feature, LiveJournal account holders can choose to log the IP addresses of users who comment in their journals.
  • What is comment screening? How do I set my screening options?

    Comment screening is a method of preventing abuse, which allows you to control which comments on your journal entries are visible to your readers. You can set default comment screening options for your entire journal and for single entries, along with banning individual users from commenting in your journal. If you change comment screening settings, you may need to manually screen or unscreen comments posted before your changes.
  • Why don't my comments show the correct time? How do I set my time zone?

    By default, LiveJournal comment times use UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), also known as GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). If you choose to set your local time zone, comment times will display in your local time zone on pages that support comment time zones. All site scheme and system style comment pages support comment time zones, but customized comment pages with custom S2 layouts will display comment times in the default comment time zone (UTC/GMT) until the style owner adds support.

    LiveJournal comment times are automatically assigned when they are posted, and cannot be set or edited to a specific time. Comment times may have additional text, such as "(local)", "UTC", or "GMT", and will appear to vary if users set different time zones.
  • How do I mark a comment as spam? What does this option do?

    If you receive a spam comment to your journal (unsolicited advertising), you can use the Spam link or button to mark the comment as spam. This will delete the comment, submit it as spam, and ban the user from further commenting in your journal. All other comments by the same user in the entry will also be deleted.

    Additionally, if you suspect that the user may be a bot, and not a real person leaving spam comments, you can submit a bot report.
  • I don't have a LiveJournal account. Can I still comment?

    Yes. You can leave a anonymous comment, or you can use OpenID or your account with Twitter, or Google to create an identity account with some of the features of a standard LiveJournal account.
  • What are pingbacks?

    Pingbacks are a way to keep track of links on LiveJournal to your public entries or to your LiveJournal username (or both). Pingbacks help LiveJournal users know who else on LiveJournal is linking to their public content in entries or mentioning their username in entries or comments. The pingback feature only works for links from within LiveJournal itself; external pingbacks are not supported at this time. The feature is also only for personal journals; communities cannot use the pingback feature.
  • What is Spam Protection? How does it work?

    The Spam Protection setting can be activated to help automatically identify potential spam comments and messages. Comments marked as spam will be placed in the separate category which cannot be reached by ordinary visitors of your journal or community. Spam messages will be moved to a special folder in your Inbox. Enabling Spam Protection activates this system both for comments in your journal/community and your private messages, indentifying spam and allowing you to take actions. If the Spam Protection setting is enabled, notifications about most suspicious comments and personal messages will not be sent.
    There is a variety of criteria that helps to identify a comment as spam, such as suspicious links, journal owner friends' reaction, and other statistical parameters. There are certains cases, however, when a comment is not checked.
  • How does the spell checker in the new comment system work?

    The updated spell checker system is available in new comment system.
    To use it simply click "Spell check" in the upper right corner of the commenting form after typing your comment. All the words written with an error will be underlined in red dotted line.
    To see suggestions of the correct spelling click on the highlighted word and then choose the correct one. If none is suitable select "Skip word".
  • What is "Turn comment into post"?

    The information in this FAQ does not apply to users who operate in the old design version. Please switch to the modern design using a corresponding link in the header.
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