WordPress Plugin: Comment Connection
Have you ever had a lot of comments on a blog post and had trouble following the conversation? Now you can have no trouble at all, with my new WordPress Plugin – Comment Connection.
Comment Connection is a simple plugin that detects the @commenter reference in a comment and turns that name into a link to a previous comment. An example can be seen on this post. It works by filtering comments when they are printed, then retrieves the comment ID of the last comment made by the person being referenced. There is no modification necessary to make it work, and it will work with previous comments as well.
Inside a comment, write @commenter where commenter is the name of the author you are replying to, followed by a line break, colon, comma and now a dash.
- Copy the folder comment-connection to your WordPress plugin folder (usually wp-content/plugins).
- Open the WordPress Admin Panel and activate plugin.
- Commenter reference must be an exact match of the original author’s name.
- One database query for every comment with a reference.
- Only links to the last comment made by the author before the current comment.
- Author name cannot contain more than 2 spaces.
What is the purpose of this plugin?
Comment Connection allows you to follow conversations that take place in post comments by linking them together automatically.
What symbol triggers the response?
Since version 1.1, both a new line and : activate the plugin.
Will the plugin work if I use a different case?
Yes. Comment Connection will still find the reference if the case is different. Ex. @john smith: will reference the comment by John Smith.
v1.0 –– May 1, 2008
* Initial release
v1.1 –– May 1, 2008
* Added support for using : on the references
* Optimized code to limit the database queries to 1 per comment with a reference
v1.2 –– May 1, 2008
* removed the need for PHP buffer
v1.3 –– May 3, 2008
* changes mode of reference detection
* processes comments with multiple references
v1.4 — May 19, 2008
* update readme file
v1.5 — May 22, 2008
* Added support for comma activation
v1.5.1 — July 28, 2008
* Cleaned up code and readme file
v1.6 — January 6, 2009
* Updated for WordPress 2.7
* Added dash separator
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[tags]Wordpress, blog, plugin, comments[/tags]