Archive FAQ > Comments

What are comments?

Comments are replies to a work. Links to 'add a comment' and 'read comments' appear at the bottom of all works.

How do I post a comment?

You can use the 'Add comment' link to post a comment on any work. This link opens a form with a text box where you can enter your comment.

As well as adding new comments directly to a work, you can reply directly to someone else's comment by following the 'Reply' link in the comment. Comments on the Archive are threaded, so replies to comments will display immediately below the relevant comment.

How do I identify myself when I comment?

If you're logged in to the Archive when you post a comment, then your comment will be posted under your default pseud. If you'd like to post under another one of your pseuds, just select from the drop-down list. Find out more about Pseuds.

If you don't have an account on the Archive, or you don't want to log in, then you just need to enter a name and a valid email address to post a comment. Your email address will not be published on the site, but we use it to make sure that you are a human being. If anyone replies to the comment you left, a copy of their comment will be sent to the address you used.

How does comment threading work?

You may recognize comment threading from other sites such as Livejournal and Dreamwidth. Each reply to an entry starts a new thread, which may contain one comment or a group of them. If you reply to other comments, your replies will display directly below them. This means that a large collection of comments will appear as a tree, with several different branches indicating different parts of the conversation.

The 'Thread' function on each comment lets you view all the replies starting from that comment.

What are the limits on comments?

The maximum length for a comment is 4300 characters. If you try to enter a longer comment, then it won't be posted and you'll get an error message. You'll need to split the text up into two or more shorter comments.

Can I use HTML in comments?

You can use a limited range of html tags to style your text in comments. The allowed html for comments is: a, alt, b, big, blockquote, br, center, cite, code, del, em, href, i, img, ins, p, pre, q, small, src, strike, strong, sub, sup, u.

Can I edit or delete my comment?

When you're logged in to your Archive account, you can delete any comment you left under that account. You can also edit any comment you left, unless someone has replied to it. An Edit and Delete link will automatically display on all comments you have control over.

Can I get comments sent to me by email?

By default, any comments left on your works will be emailed to you. You can turn off comment notification emails in your 'Preferences' on My Dashboard.

If you leave a comment anywhere in the Archive while you're logged in, then you will receive an email notification any time someone replies to your comment. If you turn off comment notification emails in your Preferences, then replies to your comments will no longer be emailed to you.

If you leave a comment while logged out, then replies to your comment will be emailed to you at the email address you provided when you left the comment.

Can I edit or delete a comment made on one of my works?

You cannot edit other people's comments. However, you can delete comments made on your works. When you are logged in, Delete links will automatically display on all comments you have control over.

What is a spam comment? What can I do about spam?

A spam comment is a comment automatically posted by a machine, often containing links to other websites or advertising. The same comment posted many different places where it isn't wanted can also be spam.

If you receive a spam comment on one of your works, follow the 'Spam' link that will appear for comments from unregistered users to report it to us. This will screen the comment from other users. You need to choose 'Delete' to delete it altogether.