Thursday, July 30, 2009

How to recover deleted comments


Yes it is possible to recover deleted comments, but only if you moderate comments via email and you don't delete those emails which had been sent to your chosen address. I will use as an example the comment which inspired this post which you can see in the screen shot below:

email for comment moderation with links

This is how you recover deleted comments. First locate the relevant email with the comment. If you have not set your comments to allow anonymous comments, go to Blogger Dashboard, SETTINGS > COMMENTS and set it to allow anonymous (anyone) comments, only temporarily if you wish. Now go to the post where the deleted comment you want restored is. You can do this easily as the email for comment moderation has a link to the post (plus a link to the commentator profile which you would need later). Right click and chose open link in new tab (preferable) or open link in new window (if you don't use a browser with tabbed browsing like Firefox.

In that post, click Comment to open the comment editor, go to the email, copy the comment and paste it into the comment editor. Now your comment editor should look like the screen shot below if you had set comments to allow anonymous comments (Anyone). Tick Name/URL (see screen shot below):

Blogger comment editor window

Go back to the email, right click on the commentator name (highlighted with red ellipse in the screen shot above), select Copy link location to copy the URL of the profile of the commentator into clipboard. Go to the comment editor and paste the URL into the box for URL (see screen shot above).

Go back once more to the email, copy the display name of the commentator into the box for Name. Now all you have to do is to publish the comment and the recovered comment will not only have the comment itself, but also the commentator's display name which is an active clickable link to the commentator profile. The only difference from the original comment will be that the photo of the commentator will not be displayed.

Note: If the original comment is Anonymous which is not clickable, then you can only put Anonymous in Name or tick Anonymous instead of Name/URL

27 comments:

  1. hi peter...tanx a lot for dat info...actually i dont thnk my comments were deleted...bcoz wen i clickd on "revert "option i got d comments back...nyways dis info wil be useful for many...m new to bloggin..so tanx for ur help...

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  2. Hi Peter, Very interesting and a very informative blog, great work. How to go about which button to click so as to "follow" your blog? I'm the NKOTB - new kid on the blog.Cheers :)

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  3. I have just added the Followers widget at the top of the second right sidebar.

    Peter @ Enviroman (Blog*Star)
    Follow me at Twitter @enviroman

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  4. Hi Peter
    Thanks so nice of you have just added ..Cheers

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  5. Peter, I am commenting on something you posted a while ago. I am missiong my toolbar in my postings. I open another blog with a different email and it works. Why would one work and one not? Suggestions? Please help

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  6. Thanks a lot for this blog. That's really helpful.

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  7. If it is just missing tool icons, try using a different browser. If you are residing in Singapore and Singtel is your ISP, refer to unusable distorted post editor

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  8. Hi Peter
    Thanks a lot for the useful info.
    I want to add background colour to the sidebar title / header. pls show me the way. I also want to increase the footer size and divide it into 3/4 columns horizontally. Is it possible?
    pls help me...

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  9. For the first part, please refer to Change sidebar title background color.

    Regarding the second part, it will involve quite substantial tinkering with the template. Ask me again later.

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  10. thank you thank you thank you thank you!

    I was so excited this morning that I actually got x amount of comments (I won't bore you with my pitiful status :)) that I deleted all of them.

    Yes, the words irony and idiocy sped along nicely through my mind, but thanks to you, that's all solved. Not as easy as just clicking on PUBLISH, but still.

    Thanks. Again.

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  11. oh, thank you!
    this was most helpful!!

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  12. OOMG!!!!! This totally just worked for me, thanks!!!!

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  13. glad i stumbled upon this tutorial, i solved my problem.

    thanx, peter

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  14. Thank you! I deleted a message by accident, when I really meant to delete my own message. With your help I was able to correct it.
    http://www.comicdaverusso.blogspot.com

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  15. How can I retrieve every comment on my blog? I accidently checked them all and clicked "remove content". Help! x

    bisousofbliss@aol.com

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  16. You can if you have opted to receive email notifications for comment moderation or just comments notifications and have not deleted those emails.

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  17. Sorry reread your comment again. If you have opted to receive email notifications and have not deleted them the method for restoring them all is the same as restoring 1, just do them for each one by one. The instructions for restoring 1 comment have already been given in this post.

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  18. Grazie Peter@Envroman, un post davvero utile!
    Anche a me è capitato di cancella un post inavvertitamente...grazie a te l'ho recuperato!
    Speriamo però che Blogger trovi il modo di spostare i commenti cancellati in un cestino così da poterli recuperare...a presto!

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  19. Have forwarded your suggestion. Suggest also you post your suggestion to Blogger Suggestion and Feedback

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  20. Hanno trasmesso il tuo suggerimento. Suggerisci inoltre di inviare il vostro suggerimento di Blogger Suggerimenti e Feedback

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  21. This is incredibly helpful as I ofetn accidentally delete comments instead of hitting 'publish'! Thank you!!

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  22. this saved me! thank you.i thought i clicked on published, only to find out i hit on delete. this is very helpful.

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  23. Thank you so SO much! This was incredibly helpful.

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  24. Thanks a ton for this helpful post. Truly saved me when I accidentally deleted an important comment while moderating through my smart phone. Thanks again :)

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  25. tqvm.
    its very helpful!!1

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  26. So many thanks!! You are my savior!!!

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