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Using the SharePoint Social Comment Web Part

This issue has been miserably annoying to me, and I have spent a long time figuring out how to appropriately utilize the SharePoint Social Comment Web Part.

Here’s how to do it.

I know this works with SharePoint 2010.  This might work in SharePoint 2013…

1. To your web part project add a reference to the Microsoft.Sharepoint.Portal namespace.  This is NOT listed in the “Extensions” section of Visual Studio, and you’ll need to browse for it.

c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\ASAPI\microsoft.sharepoint.portal.dll

2. Create a placeholder in your Web Part’s ASCX file…

<asp:PlaceHolder runat=”server” ID=”plcComments”></asp:PlaceHolder>

3. Add a SocialCommentsWebPart to the placeholder in your Web Part’s .ascx.cs file

plcComments.Controls.Add(
	new Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.WebControls.SocialCommentWebPart()
	{
		WebPartPropertySpecifiedAddress = Page.Request.Url.AbsoluteUri
	}
);

You can replace the Page.Request.Url.AbsoluteUri part with any URL.

4. The comments form should appear upon page load.   You might need to wrap the code in step 3 with if(!IsPostBack){ … }  but this usually works.