Blogactiv Technical Support

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FAQs for Visitors

What is Blogactiv?

Launched in mid-October 2007, Blogactiv.eu is an “expert generated content” Web2.0 site focusing on EU affairs. It aims to become the premier source for opinions, discussions and views on the EU.

As an autonomous EurActiv subsidiary, it thus complements EurActiv’s mission: where EurActiv provides neutral, independent coverage of EU Affairs, Blogactiv provides a space for opinions and perspectives.

See the following separate pages:


FAQs for Bloggers

There are separate pages on the following subjects:

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

Can anyone blog?

Yes – we believe strongly in freedom of expression. This blog platform is designed to promote discussion on the EU, but as long as you talk about that then feel free to create a blog or post comments on others.

We’ll only ban a blogger if they break the terms of agreement, which forbid people to preach hatred, racism, or violence towards others – read the Blogactiv Blogging Guidelines.

Who determines what appears on the front page, and how?

We do want to keep the quality of the home page and sections high, so we’ll push the best ones to the front page and sections. This stands whatever their opinion of the EU – Eurosceptics and Europhiles are equally welcome. Our focus is EU affairs, so we are unlikely to show articles which do not address this topic.

Bloggers with a history of good posts will see their posts go automatically to the front page.

We have editors responsible for the community. If a reader has a serious problem with a post, the reader can report it to us. We prefer this to be via the Support Blog’s Report a Problem Post page as it provides transparency and allows the community to comment. The editor then decides whether or not to remove it.

In addition, we plan to introduce a ‘report this post’ function to allow any reader to bring a problem to our attention in the near future.

Who owns the copyright? Are authors allowed to repost articles that were already published?

Copyright remains with the author. However, they give BlogActiv, EurActiv.com plc and the EurActiv network full rights in perpetuity to use the content.

If I blog here, how will I manage the comments?

Following comments from early users, we have set the ‘default blog’ (i.e., the blog you get by default when you create one here) – so that you moderate comments before they go live:

  • You will receive an email whenever a comment is submitted. This email allows you to view, approve it, delete it, or condemn it as spam, all without actually visiting your blog.
  • Naturally, you can moderate comments from the blog’s Back Office as well.

However, you can change this at any time so that comments are automatically published. You are still sent the email, so that you can react to it as above. We recommend this solution – if you take too long to approve a comment, don’t expect a second one, so find out how to change this on wordpress help.

However, if you want to ‘dip your toe’ into the blogosphere, then start with the default, see what sort of comments you get, and then move to the ‘post-publishing’ moderation model when you’ve gained confidence in your audience.

How about advertisements? And can a blogger write about his own company?

Blogactiv is an advertising-supported initiative, so ads appear on the site. If you would like to advertise on or sponsor Blogactiv, please contact blogdirector(at)euractiv.com.

A blogger is free to write about his/her own organisation. If it reads like PR, however, there’s little chance it will make much of an impact, but that’s up to the blogger.

How about political affiliations – do you require bloggers to disclose them?

Absolutely not. Bloggers are free to disclose whatever information about themselves they so choose. Blogactiv seeks people with any or no political affiliation.

Will you require the bloggers to use their real names?

We strongly encourage bloggers to use their real names. It lends credibility. If for some reason you wish or need to use a pen name, we suggest using a ‘real sounding’ name and not something like hacker001.

Can I do something about the automatic emails whenever someone comments or a trackback happens?

Sure. Just go into your dashboard. On the top menu, click> OPTIONS, then choose> DISCUSSION, and scroll down to the second heading EMAIL ME WHENEVER, there you can adjust when you do or don’t want to receive email alerts.

Can I podcast and videoblog using blogactiv?

Yes absolutely. If you need some basic intruction as to how a podcast works, click here and read the wikipedia explanation. We’ve included an option when you’re writing that you can click on to insert an mp3 or video file.


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