This article explains how to use some of the filters and settings of the Disqus system, to ensure that unwanted content is removed or set to pending for moderator review. For instruction on using the Moderation Panel itself, please go here.

Moderation Settings

Some moderation settings will be accessible from the left side of the page when you're in the Moderation section of your Admin, such as your Restricted Words list, Banned/Trusted Users list, and Moderation Rules if you're on the Pro or Business plan. All other settings mentioned will appear on your Moderation Settings page.

Restricted Words

Any time a comment or name contains a word you've specified in this filter, it will go to the Pending queue. We pre-populate this list with a recommended set of words, which can be edited at any time.

You may use wildcards by entering a .*, but be careful where you use it; for example,

s.*ck will match suck, but also sock and stack.

In addition to be set as Pending, Comments containing a Restricted Word will highlight that word with yellow background within the Pending filter

Note: If a restricted word appears in the display name of an account, that account’s comments will remain pending until explicitly approved. Additionally, words are stripped of punctuation when measured against the Restricted Word filter, so adding “hell” will also set all comments containing “he’ll” to Pending until approved by a site moderator.

The restricted words list will also work for blocking certain HTML code.

Up to 2,000 words may be added to the list.

Moderation Rules

Access to all Moderation Rules is available with a Pro or Business subscription. However, all sites will now be able to add automated moderation rules based on comment toxicity and their Restricted Words list. For example, a rule could be set up so that comments containing Restricted Words may be deleted automatically, without any action from moderators. Clicking on each rule will expose analytics, showing how many comments from the last 30 days fit the conditions in your rule, and how you moderated them. This can be used to forecast how effective each rule will be.

More information on using Moderation Rules may be found here.


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Pre-moderation options can be found your forum's Disqus Admin > Moderation Settings page. Setting Pre-moderation to "All" will set all incoming comments to Pending and will prevent them from appearing publicly until they've been explicitly approved by a moderator.

Pro and Business publishers will also have the option of Pre-moderating "New Commenters", or commenters who have not posted to their site before. This can help catch Spam or unwanted trolling, without interrupting the posting ability of longstanding site commenters. When using this feature, you'll also set the number of days that you want New Commenters to be sandboxed before they are subject to the same moderation rules as the rest of your users.

You may also choose to pre-moderate comments containing links by enabling the setting for Links in Comments.

With Thread-level Pre-moderation, sites can choose specific discussion threads (article pages) to apply Pre-moderation. This added flexibility allows you to apply Pre-moderation to specific threads without pre-moderating comments across the rest of their sites.

You can enable pre-moderation for an individual thread either via the Moderation Panel or in the dropdown menu in the comment embed.

Guest Commenting

Guest commenting allows users to leave comments without creating a Disqus account. Guest commenters are required to provide an email address for notifications and moderation purposes. However, the email address input will not be verified by Disqus.

As Guests are posted without a verified account, all Guest Comments will require explicit Moderator approval, regardless of whether Pre-Moderation has been enabled.

Note: Registered users must verify their email address prior to posting a comment. More information on Guest commenting may be found here.

This setting will allow you to decide if comments containing links (including any posted images and videos) will require moderator approval. When this feature is enabled, all comments containing links or images will remain in the Pending folder until they are approved by a site Moderator.

Flagged Comment Moderation

You can choose to email all moderators when a comment is flagged. You can also specify how many unique flags are needed to hide a comment (if any). More information on Flagging may be found here.

Note: We don't count duplicate flaggings based on the user and IP address.

Images and Videos

You can choose whether or not Images and Videos are enabled for your forum. If enabled, thumbnails for images and YouTube links will display within comments.

Read more at Adding images or videos to comments.

Gif Picker

The Gif Picker can also be enabled or disabled from the Moderation settings page. More information on the Gif Picker may be found in the Gif section here.

Automatic closing of comment threads

You can specify globally how long you want a comment thread to remain open after it's created. Entering 0 will disable the automatic closing process. This can be overridden for particular threads using the Settings panel on the embed.

Read more at How do I close comment threads?

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