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Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Steve Castledine  October 26 2006 01:45:00 PM
If your blog is open to anonymous access then most of this information will be of little relevance. However if you have authenticated users it shows how you can see who really is posting comments and also how to track user access.

IP Address
Each comment added to the site has the ip address of the machine they post from recorded. This is whether the user is authenticated or not.

To view this ip address, navigate to the comment you wish to check. Goto the "Browser Variables" tab. You will see the ip addres field.

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Authenticated User
In the same image above you can also see recorded the authenticated user name. So even if someone puts another persons name in the author field you can see who the real author was.

Forcing the Author Name
You can take this one step further by forcing the authenticated users name into the authors field and disallowing the edit of that field.

There are two steps to this process, firstly the auto population of the authors field. Within the configuration document goto tabs "Discussion" - "Basic". There is a field "Precomplete Comment Form if authenticated". Save and close the document.

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Next we need to edit the html so the field is visible but uneditable. So within the section "HTML Templates", goto "Block Templates". Edit the block template "Add Comment". Locate the author field it will look something like:

<input name="author" value="" size="51">


amend to:

<input name="author" value="" size="51" disabled="true">


There are some side effects to using this - the "remember me" code will not work so it will not complete the email address etc.

Recording User Hits
Slightly related, but using the site hits template described here, you can also use the data recorded to publish statistics usage on individuals usage of your website.

If a person is authenticated each hit is stamped with the users name. At the bottom of each "hit document" there is a field "Remote User". Exporting this data to a spreadsheet or modifying the view design of this template can be very useful and you can see who is reading what, when and how many times etc.

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Comments

1Bob Gouin  3/28/2007 8:18:54 AM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Steve,

I've got one quick question for you, I have created a blog using the 7.0.2 template, I have set "Anonymous" to Person with "Author Access" and I am still prompted for the Notes Browser Login. Is there something else I need to complete to make this work?

Thanks,

Bob

2Steve Castledine  3/28/2007 10:49:21 AM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Did you tick "Create Documents" inthe ACL?

3Tanny O’Haley  4/11/2007 11:46:18 AM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

There is a small bug in the code to "Precomplete Comment Form if Authenticated". For my name it creates the following code which produces a javascript error.

prePopulateForm('Tanny O'Haley','','','');

My name has an apostrophe in it which causes an error because the name is surrounded by single quote characters which in this case is the same as an apostrophe.

4Steve Castledine  4/19/2007 5:11:33 AM GMT -6  re: Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Thanks Tanny - I do have this on a list - but it wasn't near the top. I will try and address it.

5Laura  6/7/2007 8:11:11 AM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

HI Steve,

I've been searching through you tips etc (AWESOME)!

We just started using the R7 Blog internally and I'm getting a lot of pushback from the folks that they would like to see tree viewing of the comments - Is this possible in the R7 release or the new one coming.

Thanks (Sorry if off topic)

6Steve Castledine  6/19/2007 5:24:35 AM GMT -6  re: Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Hi Laura - tree view - I presume you refer to response to response type hierachy? Blogs generally do not folow this concept. Comments are usually a simple list. The discussion template is a better fit for that type of conversation.

7Rena Man  11/5/2007 7:08:10 AM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Hi, I just wanted to point out that setting the "disabled" property to true doesn't allow the value to be posted on submit. But it works perfectly if you use readonly="true" instead.

Great template by the way, very flexible and reusable. A small request - any chance we can have a list of all available tags with basic definitions? That would make it so much easier to configure and allow me to understand the full capabilities.

Cheers.

8Margaret  1/6/2009 11:18:34 AM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Hi,

In our blog we want all users to read content and comments and only authenticate when they want to post a new comment.

We set 'Precomplete comments form if authenticated' set to 'Yes' and 'Enforce Logon from add comment links? to 'Yes' but we can't see comments unless we login. Can these be seen without authentication?

Thanks

9Steve Castledine  1/13/2009 4:39:20 AM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Hi Margaret I will get back to you - if I don't - email me

10Ian Scott  2/10/2009 8:39:50 AM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

@7 - Thanks. I needed that :-)

11Ecommerce web design  9/1/2009 7:00:18 AM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

A very clever idea, will implement it as soon as possible. Keep up the good work. Very good post. It really helped me a lot, will be referring a lot of friends about this. Keep blogging.

12Sriram  4/28/2010 4:32:32 AM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Hi Steve,

I'm Just getting ready to start a blog. I would like to get the answer for Margaret's Question

[We set 'Precomplete comments form if authenticated' set to 'Yes' and 'Enforce Logon from add comment links? to 'Yes' but we can't see comments unless we login. Can these be seen without authentication?]

It'll be required for me before i roll out the blog to the users.

Thanks.

13anuhya  7/13/2010 12:50:49 PM GMT -6  Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Hi,

I want to stop deleting comments made by others. If someone adds and wish to delete comments again in my blog, I want to prevent them to delete their comments. How to edit the comments block in blog template. presently Iam using this template "Template by Douglas Bowman. Powered by Blogger" Please help me.

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