Become an AEA Comments Connoisseur by Sheila B. Robinson

Hello AEA365 readers! I’m Sheila B Robinson, Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with a few tips on interacting with AEA365 authors and readers.

The aea365 blog allows for comments on any blog article. Commenting on a blog article is a great way to interact with the author(s) and potentially with others who also choose to comment.

Hot Tip:

If you’re an aea365 author, please consider subscribing to comments so that you may respond to comments on your article. Commenters really appreciate author responses!

Cool Trick: 

In order to comment on a blog article, simply click on the “Leave a Comment” below the title of the article. This will either say “Leave a comment” if indeed no comments have yet been submitted, or it will show the number of comments currently associated with that article. Either way, click it to take you to the article page.

Screenshot of the words "Leave a comment" under a blog title.

Once you click “Leave a Comment” you’ll see where you can type and post your comment.

Screenshot of the "Leave a Comment" box and "post comment" button.

Hot Tip:

You may not see your comment show up immediately! Our blog is moderated, so if you have not commented before, you will need to wait until one of the curators approves your comment. We try to check for comments at least every couple of days.

Our settings are intentional for a few reasons. For example, we hold a comment in the queue if it contains 4 or more links because a common characteristic of comment spam is a large number of links. Also, we maintain a short list of specific words that, if they appear in a comment, will keep that comment from being published (at least until it is moderated). Don’t worry! I can’t imagine any of our authors needing to use any of these words in a blog about evaluation!

Cool Trick:

You must subscribe to comments separately from the blog itself. On a computer, look at the upper right of your screen to see options for subscribing in the “Take Action” section.

Screenshot of the "take action" section where readers can subscribe to the blog and comments.

Hot Tip:

On a mobile device, you’ll have to scroll down to the bottom to see the “Take Action” section. On a computer, it’s found on the upper right of the screen.

Hottest tip of all:

Please comment on articles that move you, inspire you to think, to question, to act, or to agree or disagree. Of course the expectation is that comments will be respectful. We don’t expect you to agree with all viewpoints, or be interested in all topics. We’re proud to feature hundreds of evaluator authors each year who take different approaches to the craft of evaluation and who work in a wide variety of contexts all around the globe.

Rad Resource: 

Me! I’m always here to answer any questions, and happy to help with any matters having to do with our blog. Feel free to reach out to me at: aea365@eval.org.

Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators. The views and opinions expressed on the AEA365 blog are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the American Evaluation Association, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

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