What I Want From a WordPress Commenting System

I’ve been searching vainly for the best comment system for WordPress for a while now. But all of them fall short in one way or the other. As of now I’ve settled on Disqus cause it seems to be the least bad. I may change it later on. Here’s a post explaining what I (and perhaps many others) need so that current developers will know what to include in future versions of their commenting systems.

Dynamically Load Comments When Needed

Some of my posts have a lot of comments. These slow down the page and not every visitor reads all of them. So I want only a few comments to load at a time and as the reader scrolls down, more should be pulled from the database. WordPress has a feature called “comment pagination” that breaks the comments into pages. But each page has a fixed number of top level comments and so replies to them will remain on the same page. I wouldn’t be surprised if the first section of one of my posts has 200 comments! Too many.

Encourage Anonymous Comments

I believe that everyone should be able to comment without signing up or using their real name. Most of the comments on my blog are under pseudonyms or just plain anonymous. Sure, this can lead to abusive over the top rants, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay. Note to third party comment systems: Please implement basic Name/Email/URL fields in the discussion box! The name of the person should link to their URL – not to their commenting profile.

And don’t make guests click another box for signing up (I’m looking at you Livefyre). As of now Disqus doesn’t allow guests to type in their URL. I’m just assuming that anyone with a website has their own Disqus profile and have linked their site to it.

The native WordPress comment system is the best in this regard. Simple, clean and with no fuss. No numerous sign in options etc.

Infinite Threading with Limited Indentation

Conversations on my posts have a tendency to go on for a long time. People replying to others repeatedly. I like it that way. One of two problems occurs though. Either the “Reply” buttons stop appearing after a while so the last comment can’t be responded to. Or the comments begin to indent so much that just a word or a letter appears on each line!

I want the best of both worlds. Infinite replies, but after a while no more indentation. Disqus – the one I’m using right now – has this feature and I like it.

Post Comments without Reloading the Page

Sometimes my website isn’t fast. If all 1000 comments are loading it’s even slower. When a person submits a comment, they shouldn’t have to wait for the page to reload all over again. It should post then and there automatically and do its magic in the background

Some of you may notice my new comment system on this blog. If so, please tell me honestly how it compares to the regular WordPress system. Is it faster, and easier to read and follow conversations? I don’t have to stick with this one and I’m willing to change it for something better.

Comments

  1. Mayur says:

    I personally preferred the previous system, where your comments/replies appeared against a pink background. It was much easier to follow the thread of a discussion as the comments were boxed in size according to their position in a particular discussion. I find it tough to find my own previous comment, while it is even tougher to locate any new comments in the present format.

    • Previously only my comments were pink in color…everyone else’s was regular black on white.

      Would you prefer it if I made the background color pink?

      Do you find it easy to subscribe to new comments?

      • Mayur says:

        It was fine that only your comments were in pink. That ways it was easy to make out was another person was saying and what you replied to him. Secondly, the structuring of comment boxes was fine too. Each response below the one being replied to within a smaller box.

        But I guess color is not so much of an issue as compared to the location and placing of the comments which seems confusing in the present format. Or maybe I am finding it difficult to adjust to the sudden change. But I found comments easier to locate in the previous format. Color would just be an added benefit. And instead of subscribing, I find it easier to read out comments directly on the blog.

      • I changed the color to distinguish the comment section from the rest of the body. I hope it looks better. I’m not able to make other changes so far…

  2. I find Disqus annoying when signing in is required, otherwise no issues.

  3. Aditya Kane says:

    I do not like using Disqus for many reasons and one of it is I have to sign up. Its just makes to not want to comment.

    BTW – you could post what you want from WordPress Commenting system at the following link.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/kvetch/

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