Enabling user comments

Greenstone 2 and 3 both support allowing users to add comments to individual documents. A user merely needs to have an account on that Greenstone DL in order to leave comments on any accessible document, and need not have collection editing permissions on that or any collection.

For each collection, you can decide whether to allow user comments to be added to its documents or not. By default this ability is turned off. To turn it on for any collection:


  • User comments cannot be added if the GS2 server is being run from GLI. Attempting to do so will result in an error mentioning that the document or collection is locked. Run the standalone GS2 server to add user comments instead.
  • Users need to have an account in your digital library in order to add comments. If you're admin, you can create a user account as follows:
  1. Go to your Greenstone home web page.
  2. Click on the Administration Page link
  3. Click the Add a New User link to the left
  4. You'll be requested for the admin username (type "admin") and password, which will be what you chose upon installing Greenstone.
  5. Enter the username and password for the new user. The password has to be between 3 and 8 characters long.
  6. In the Groups field, type "personal-collections-editor".
  7. Press the Submit button.