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A user has a comment or opinion about an item he is viewing on the site.


flickr comment field associated with the asset a user is viewing.

Use When

  • A user wants to leave comments associated with an object (place, person, thing).
  • A user wants to express an opinion in relation to an article or blog post or begin a public conversation.


  • Provide a text entry field for the comment that is large enough for several lines of text.
  • Ask for an identifer in order to attribute the comment. Let the user enter either a user name or nickname.
  • Provide a method for anonymous commenting; either a drop down selection or allow the user to leave the identifier blank and then automatically note that as anonymous.
  • If the user is already registered in the system, then autofill the attribution field.
  • Link the user attribution to the user’s site profile. If there is no profile system, allow the name to be linked to a website entered by the user.
  • To reduce spambots, present some type of validation option (captcha, image captcha, etc) that only a real person can answer.
  • To further cut down on spambots, require user registration before a comment can be left on the site. Use this as an opportunity for progressive registration (see Registration pattern).


Allowing comments is one of the easiest ways to bring a social flavor to your site.

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