If you're unsure of how to use our commenting system and leave comments on the site we've put together this step-by-step guide on how to use the site.
1. Pick a story you would like to comment on. Scroll down to the bottom of the story to where it says ‘Comments’. If comments are enabled for an article, you will see an option to Login. Sometimes we don’t allow you to comment on stories because of legal reasons.
2. Click the Login with Facebook button. The `Facebook login window` may initially be blocked by the browser, so you would have to allow pop-ups from the site and then click the `Login with Facebook` button again before you can see it.
3. You will be asked to enter the username/email address and password you would use to log into Facebook. Enter this and click Enter. Please note: If you’re logged into Facebook already, perhaps on a different tab of your internet browser, you will skip this step.
4. You will be presented with a screen telling you about how your Facebook login is linked to the Accrington Observer.
5. There is an option to change the privacy settings so none of your activity on the Accrington Observer is shared on Facebook.
You can choose whether to make the information about what you do on the Accrington Observer e.g. posting a comment, to be made public (so it's viewable by anyone on the internet), only viewable by your friends on Facebook, or private so only you can see it.
In terms of what information from your profile the Accrington Observer can see - we can only see your basic information, if you like something on Facebook and if your Friends' like something you post on Facebook.
By basic information this is defined by Facebook as being your username, first name, last name, gender and location and any other information which you have chosen to make public using your Facebook privacy settings.
6. You will then be asked for permission about whether you would like the Accrington Observer to post on Facebook on your behalf.
This means if you post a comment to the Accrington Observer website about a story then we can post that comment onto your Facebook wall.
You have the option to click the 'x' to stop the Accrington Observer posting on Facebook.
You can select 'Allow' or 'Skip' at this point.
7. After you've logged in the story you were on will re-load and you will need to scroll back to the bottom of the article to where it says 'Comments'.
8. You will see, if you have logged in via Facebook, your name and profile picture displayed.
Click on your profile picture or name allows you to go and add information to your profile such as location, interests and more. It's up to you how much information you choose to give.
9. You can now start typing your comment. We recommend you read the house rules before you post your first comment.
10. After you've finished writing your comment you can decide if you would like to post your comment to Facebook or Twitter.
What this does is send the text of your comment to display on your Facebook wall so your friends can see you have commented on a story and what you've said about it.
If you tick the Twitter box it will post the first 140 characters of your comment to Twitter with a link to the story, but only once you’ve logged in via Twitter.
You can tick both boxes, one of the two boxes, or none of the boxes. It's up to you.
Hitting 'Post reply' will post your comment on the site.
11. After you've logged in with Facebook you will also see recommended articles on the right-hand-side of stories. Depending on how much information you decided to share earlier with the Accrington Observer we will start to tailor stories depending on your reading history, what you like on Facebook and what your friends who read the Accrington Observer are reading on Facebook.
So if you really like bears, and two of your friends really like bears, and you read a lot of stories about bears, and three of your friends who read stories about bears on the Manchester Evening News and post about them on Facebook, you will tend to see the latest stories about bears on the right-hand-side when reading stories.
If you read down under Recommended content there is an option to click 'Turn off' and we will stop recommending stories based on your reading history and Facebook interests.
12. Once you’ve logged in with Facebook you will also see a link entitled “Your Account” at the top of every page. Here you will be given the options “Edit Profile” and “Logout”.
If you click “Edit Profile” you will be able to see all the comments you’ve ever made on the Accrington Observer and make changes to your account by selecting the light grey “settings” option.
If you select 'Logout' you will logout of the Accrington Observer with Facebook, so long as you don’t have Facebook open and logged in another tab.