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  • Storm Arthur

    Hi there.. I hope I am posting this in the correct place. Is there any way to delete comments made by end users on your knowledge base articles?

    In the case of spam or distasteful comments?

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  • Christian Colding

    Hi Storm,

    Yes! You need to be a HC Manager or have the ability to moderate the section in which the article (and thus the comment) is. You just locate the comment on the article and click the Delete link, which depending on your customization is usually at the bottom of the comment or in a drop-down with a little gear icon.

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  • Scott

    @Laura D. any updates on the multi-language communities? The issue with how you've "faked it" is that it adds more and more topics presented to the end user to select from the dropdown when posting. This gets messy fast and is not at all user friendly.

    With a little JavaScript magic and dynamic content we can present users the same topic names in their respective language. Now all we need is a filter on the posts so that each user only sees posts in their language by default (perhaps with the option to "show all").

    I just found this thread with a hack for Hiding Topics by language. Any way to make this hide posts by language? This could work in the interim. A proper language filter with a "show all" option would be best so that users could look at responses in other languages for reference if one in their language didn't exist. 

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  • Deepa Daniels

    Hi Scott, 

    Laura alerted me to your question.

    We are aware that multi-language communities are a need and that the current "hack" isn't cutting it. Though its not currently on the roadmap, we hope to support multi-language communities before the end of this year. 

    Kr,

    Deepa 

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  • Will Strohl

    Hello:

    How can I view all comments that have been made on help center articles?

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  • Allen Hancock

    Hi Will!

    This has recently been upgraded, and you can view all pending Comments and Spam at this URL in your Zendesk

    /hc/admin/manage/pending

     



     

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  • Will Strohl

    @Allen Hancock:  Thank you for that.  What I'm really look for is a listing of all comments, or at least the most recent comments.  I'm very concerned that I might miss replying to someone, and I don't want to turn on moderation to do that.  People in general interact less with brands that moderate their comments.

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  • Allen Hancock

    Agreed Will.. I don't think the the view you're looking for exists.. it's just a matter of Following all your categories for Comments+ Replies, and at least then you'll get emails as comments come in.

     

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  • Will Strohl

    @Allen Hancock:  That appears to be something that would work, but that's very time-consuming and seems like a hack.  Not your fault, of course.  Thanks.

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  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hi Will!

    I can confirm that email notifications are currently the only way to monitor the activity in your Help Center. I myself monitor the activity here with a designated Gmail inbox, and I use filters and labels to sort notifications and indicate what actions were taken on a post.

    It's not as smooth as it would be if something existed in-product, but it works very well for us. Feel free to ask if you have any additional questions about it!

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  • Tanya Sawyer

    Agents can use the CRM to respond to Facebook, Twitter, now Google Play, but not the community that is hosted by the CRM. This is unfortunate. Zendesk should prioritize allowing community posts AND responses to automatically create new tickets, just as other social media sites do, . It would be so helpful for companies that want to engage with every customer within the Zendesk agent portal.

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  • Zac

    @Will Strohl @Tanya Sawyer Could you set up a rule in your mailbox to auto-forward community notifications to your Zendesk? A business rule could tag them for a Communities Ticket view.

     

    The only downside is they would all be from one sender (either your inbox name, or the Community notifications email if you enable agent forwarding), so while you could keep track of all comments and solve as needed, they won't tie back to your end user's profile automatically.

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  • Tanya Sawyer

    @Zac Garcia I like your proactive thinking! I do think this would be problematic because all comments, including agent responses, would create a ticket. So, although we could create a problem code to not include all those tickets in reporting (to not inflate my ticket count) and try to manage it, it still feels like a manual process. What other ideas have you got?

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  • Zac

    Way to put me on the spot, haha. I'm unsure of how to answer. We don't have this feature active in our Zendesk, so I don't have a notification email to reference (besides the one I just got from your comment!). 

    It would be hard to see the difference between an end-user response and an agent response. However, if there are any text strings that will reliably be in every agent response notification (but not in end user ones), you could add a trigger - based on that string being in the ticket description - to set an "agent_community_response" tag. You could then exclude tickets with that tag from relevant views and reporting.

    Still pretty manual, but without official support, anything coming from a single sender will take a little bit of upkeep.

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  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hey guys!

    I'm loving this conversation. :) Unfortunately, trying to get Help Center notifications into your Zendesk as tickets is going to result in bounces, since Zendesk is built to reject emails that come from no-reply addresses. Plus, as Tanya observes, it's going to create A LOT of tickets. Further, unlike the other social media channels that are available with Zendesk, even if you could get them into Zendesk there's a good chance they wouldn't thread properly, and responses in the ticket itself wouldn't automatically go into the Help Center.

    Here's how I handle Community posts and comments here at Zendesk:

    We've actually created an email account specifically for Help Center notifications. That email address exists in Zendesk as an end-user, and it is subscribed to every Section and Topic in the Knowledge Base and Community.

    Now, I know what you're thinking. "THAT IS SO MANY NOTIFICATIONS." You are not wrong. However, I have filters set up so that stuff I don't have to see gets labeled and filtered out of the inbox.

    Each notification has a link directly to the post or comment, so I use that to go to the thread and read what's going on, and determine what action (if any) should be taken on the post.

    I then have other labels set up, which I apply to the notifications so I know what action has been taken on a post or comment. Some labels stay in the inbox so I can go check on them later. Some get archived.

    It's not an ideal solution, but it works well for what it is. We're aware that content moderation and management is a missing piece in the Community right now and it's something that we want to improve. At this point there isn't any info to share on that, but be assured that it's on the radar and we feel the pain as much as you do. :)

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  • Zac

    Sounds like that workflow could work really well with Google Inbox (though labeling is definitely not as easy in Inbox, the bundling and Snooze features are awesome). Thanks Jessie!

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  • Jessie Schutz
    Zendesk team member

    Hey Zac!

    No problem. :) We actually use Gmail here at Zendesk, so that's part of what makes this work really well. I haven't tried doing it in Inbox, although that's a really interesting idea. For me, though, the big question would be whether you can turn off threading in Inbox. I have threading turned off in the Community inbox because it gets too hard to follow what's going on when every reply ever is bundled into the same conversation. Might be work checking out, though!

    @Larisa, I know that our Product Team is in the very, very beginning stages of info gathering for a community moderation/management solution, so it's definitely on the radar. At this stage in the game is impossible to say what it might end up looking like, or when/whether it'll make it to production (changing priorities and all that), but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for something great. :)

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  • Kristin Stroobosscher

    Hi, I'm wondering if there is a way to have users who post content to Community appear as anonymous to other users. Or, at least, anonymize them enough so that there isn't a way for a different user to figure out who they are or who they work for. From my poking around, I haven't found anything to guarantee that. We couldn't use the Community feature without that guarantee.

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  • Wes Drury

    Hi Kristin - You can just remove the curlybar placeholder for that information.  For example on the "Community Post Page" remove the following:  **the code below is from the Copenhagen theme so it may look a little different on other themes**

    <span title="{{author.name}}">
    {{#link 'user_profile' id=author.id}}
    {{author.name}}
    {{/link}}
    </span>

    That will remove the name of the person posting along with the link to their profile,  a few line up you could remove the avatar as well.

    <img src="{{author.avatar_url}}" alt="Avatar" class="user-avatar"/>

    You can pretty much hide or show whatever you would like.  Hope this helps getting you going in the right direction and feel free to ask any follow up questions.  Hope you have a great day :-)

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  • Wes Drury

    @kristin - here are some screenshots in case you are a visual person.

    BEFORE

    AFTER - I hard codded the "Anonymous User" Name

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  • Kristin Stroobosscher

    Thanks, Wes, that's great!

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  • Brenda L.

    Hello! I was curious if anyone knows if there's a way to change the existing statuses of PLANNED, NOT PLANNED, COMPLETED for Community posts? Thanks in advance!

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  • Wes Drury

    Hi @Brenda - Sure you can see the following post here.

    Just let me know if you have any further questions.

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  • Brenda L.

    Wes - You are truly awesome. As always. Thank you!

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  • Wes Drury

    @Brenda - You are welcome and if you need anything you know how to get in touch with me.  Your Help Center is still looking good :-)

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  • Jennifer Rowe
    Zendesk Documentation Team

    Wes, are you saying that because you worked on Brenda's HC!? Haha. Caught you. :)

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  • Wes Drury

    @Jennifer - I will never tell but I may or may not have had a very small part on Brenda's HC :-)

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  • Brenda L.

    @Jennifer - I'll tell! :-) Honestly, our redesign would still be a bunch of mock-ups if it weren't for Wes. He's truly the best!

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  • Jennifer Rowe
    Zendesk Documentation Team

    Haha, I knew it Brenda! And I agree, Wes is the best. We've actually got him busy on our HCs now!

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  • Brad Marshall

    Will moving a notification from one discussion topic to another alert users that it was moved? I want to move a lot of posts in our "Product Feedback" topic to a "Question & Answer" topic because it better belongs there. However, I don't want anyone notified of the change.

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