Wednesday, October 25, 2006

How to delete comments

Update: Consider also this Delete comment utility


Most Blogger bloggers will already know this, but someone asked, and I thought I might as well answer it in a post. Further, I followed the usual way, and failed. So I think it would be good to make a post, plus description of what to do if that failed.

To delete a comment, first make sure you are signed into your Blogger account. Then go to that post and in that comment you want to delete, at the bottom you will see a trashcan icon. Just click on the icon and confirm that you want the icon to be deleted and it will be done.

Now, that was what I did when I wanted to delete a comment, but for some reason or other, I could not see the trashcan icon. I tried a few times in a few browsers, and still could not see the icon. I tried to first help myself as described in my post How to contact Blogger support (click "Back" button to get back to this page) and found myself being taken in a merry-go-round that eventually lead to a suggestion form to improve Blogger Help, but with a message that I will not get a reply. I then tried 2 methods to contact Blogger support (described in the post above) and not sure which one got me a quite quick response from Blogger support:

"Thanks for writing in. If you're unable to see the trash icons for comments on the post page, you can go to the posts' comment page instead. There, you should be able to find the trash icons. I apologize for the inconvenience."

I (already logged into Blogger) click the month in which the post appeared in the Archives in the sidebar and was taken to a page with all the posts of that month including the post in which I want a comment deleted. I then click on "Comments" at the bottom of the post and got to the post's comment page. There, I finally saw the trashcan icon, click on it, confirmed, and the comment was deleted.

Footnote. The reason why I needed to delete that comment was the person posted a long unbroken line (unclickable link) which caused the sidebar in that individual post page to slide to the bottom of the page in IE. I didn't realise this for a long time as I normally used FireFox (close new window to come back to this page). My recommendation to every blogger is to frequently check your blog in IE for problems like this if you normally use other browsers for your surfing.

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33 comments:

  1. i have a question not related to this topic which is how do you apply a copyright to the bottom of the page.

    i really like your site, it's incredibly informative.

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  2. Hi greenstamp,

    I thank you (and others whom I have not acknowledged, as otherwise there will be a lot of duplicate acknowledgements all over the place) for your compliments. I hope you find the blog helpful.

    Regarding your question about the copyright notice, I have tried to answer it 3 times, and my comment have been rejected because the HTML I have to use is not accepted in a comment. I will have to answer it in a post.

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  3. Hi Peter - Thanks very much for your post. I was having the exact same problem (including not being able to see the trash can icon for the first few times) and this was very helpful. I was able to delete a comment, which I think was a link taking people to a spyware page. Yuck!

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  4. I hope you will read this comment and can help me. I have had a problem of not being able to see the trashcan icons, nor the orange blogger icon. your article helped, I would be able to delete a comment in the Edit Posts page. But I don't want to.
    The people who comment at my blog would like to delete their own comments (doubleposts, etc) and they can't see the trashcan icons. They think it's me who unabled this feature. Is there a way to bring the trashcans back for everyone to see and be able to delete?
    Thank you for your help in advance.

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  5. Thank you! This was really useful as I too could not see the trash can icon. They recommended clearing cache, and refreshing which I did.It did not work.I also tried logging in from IE.That too did not help. Finally i opened the individual post like you recommended and managed to do it.
    Thank you!
    Cheers
    preeti

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  6. Thank you Peter,

    I have just started my blog and was quite excited to get my first comment untill I realized it was complete spam. I visited the sight in question and all it was, was a giant site with links to hundreds of affiliates and no content.

    I was qite anxious to remove the comment, fearing links to a bad site.

    Your tut was very usefull.

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  7. Glad the post helped you. BTW I have updated the post to help visitors remember the code: nbsp is short for Non-Breaking SPace.

    Peter @ Enviroman (Blog*Star)
    Follow me at Twitter @enviroman
    http://twitter.com/enviroman

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  8. Hi, guys I would like to recommend this page to all of you have the same issue.

    Delete a Blogger CommentNow you will always have the trash can to delete the comment you wish it disappear.

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  9. What page do I go to, to delete comments? I went to the edit blog page and hit comment link and I didn't see any trashcan.

    Do I hit the edit box on the far left first?

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  10. What edit box? What you need to do is to first log into Blogger which will take you to the Dashboard. Then go to the post (not edit post, the online post if you know what I mean) which have the comment you want to delete. The trashcan should be there.

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  11. Thats good but if i want to delete all comments of a blog post in just one click ; how it is possible can you say? yes i can delete the comment just clicking the trash icon but i want to delete all comments just with one click; any tips will be........

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  12. Delete all comments with one click? I am afraid that may be impossible to do. I just wonder what would be the effect of going to SETTINGS > COMMENTS and turning off comments. Perhaps that might remove all comments. Hope you would try that and let us know if that works.

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  13. I have followed every tip I could find from empty cash, Refresh,to past and copy notebooks,to dash board [can't find post I see new post or edit post not just post still can't find trash cans] please somebody tell me the secret.

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  14. "from empty cash, Refresh,to past and copy notebooks,to dash board [can't find post I see new post or edit post not just post still can't find trash cans]"

    I am sorry I don't understand the above.

    What is empty cash? (clear cache?)

    past and copy notebooks?

    dashboart [can't find post.... ?

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  15. Big help--I found a very unobtrusive trash can finally by clicking "1 comment" on the "edit posts" page for that particular post. It worked once I saw it.

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  16. Thanks for this information. I, too, had been having trouble removing comments. I bookmarked this page in case I need the information again.

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  17. Hi There

    Thank you for your help, I have been struggling to find help regarding deleting spam comments for months. Your blog is really helpful

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  18. Thank you for the information on deleting a comment, it was very informative. But I was thinking more in lines of my comment in another person's blog. Or a possibility to edit the comment. Since it is infested with speaking mistake that are strake to the eyes. Thank you for helping me out.

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  19. If I remember correctly, if you are logged in when you go to the post where you have left comment, you as the author will have a trash can icon against your own comment and by clicking on it you will be able to delete your own comment.

    I think I will try to test that on your blog if you have enabled comment.

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  20. OK have tested commenting and deleting own comment in your blog and the result is show at How to delete own comments in other people's blog

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  21. FYI How to delete the user profile. I clicked on the trash icon to delete a comment but the user profile and date remained. So then I clicked on the trash icon second time and it deleted the profile and date.

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  22. Thanks I was able to delete my comment.

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  23. Thank you for this post. An inappropriate comment (along with links) was posted on my blog and I wanted to delete it quickly. I googled "how to delete comment on blog" and was directed to your site. Your instructions were clear, quick and easy.
    Thanks a lot!!

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  24. I'll just add to the list of Thank You's for helping us solve this problem after trying to figure it out with blogger help. You helped me find the trash can and I'm grateful.

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  25. THANK YOU

    you saved me weeks of headache trying to get a spam comment off a post from 2 months ago!!! NOW I know ho to find the trashcan

    thanks for tip re firefox and IE- I never thought about that!

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  26. Thank you Peter. This was a very useful tip. May your grandchild make you smile for many many years to come.
    xx

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  27. Thank you Peter. This was a very useful tip. May your grandchild make you smile for many many years to come.
    xx

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  28. this post is very helpful, but I just cant find the trash icon in both IE and FF browsers and been refreshing it many times.

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  30. Thank you! What a merry-go-round that was for me as well. What kind of a set up is that?!! Surely they can make it easier than that. They are professionals right?

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