Sunday 28 February 2010

Hints to Would-be Commenters

Or A Step-by-step Guide to Being Pass-Remarkable.

Several people have mentioned to me that they’d like to comment on Hints to Lady Travellers, but find the commenting process confusing. Also, there’ve been several different people commenting as Anonymous which I find confusing. (How will I know who to get back at?) So here is a cut out and keep guide to commenting.

1. At the bottom of each post you’ll see a comments link that says how many comments there are:

Click on this link.

2. This will take you to a page showing any existing comments and a box that says 'Post a Comment.' Underneath this box it says 'Comment as' beside a drop-down menu.

3. Select the drop-down menu by clicking on the arrows. It will list six account types and then the choice of Name/URL or Anonymous:

4. From the menu (assuming you don't have an account with Google, Livejournal, WordPress, Typepad, AIM or OpenID) select 'Name/URL':

5. A box will pop up inviting you to edit your profile. In the 'name' box put your name or a pseudonym/nom de blog of your choosing:

6. If you have a blog or website, you can enter it in the URL box:

If you DON'T have a URL, just leave this box blank.

7. The pop up box will close, and you'll be able to write in the 'Post a Comment' box. You'll see your name and URL underneath.

If you haven't put in a URL, you'll see your name and closed brackets instead:

8. You can then press 'Post Comment' or 'Preview'. (Preview is just a precaution allowing you to read your post before it becomes immortalised.) EITHER way, you'll have to go through the word verification step. This is to make sure you're not a robot trying to flood Hints to Lady Travellers with spam. Type the letters you see in the box:

9. Ta-DAH! Your comment will appear and at the bottom will be a note to say 'your comment was published'.

10. Now you have no excuse not to comment, please do. I likes comments.


  1. Nope. I refuse to comment. I am impervious to your blandishments.

  2. Isn't it interesting how appropriate the word verification often is - baescr - for your basic guide to random comments for example!
    And this one is a real houte!