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Re: [wp-hackers] Comment rating - a feature request

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  • Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Comment rating - a feature request
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 05:03:24 +0100
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Quoting Chetan Kunte <ckunte@xxxxxxxxx>:


I was wondering if a feature like comment rating is a good idea. I was
reading across a few Indian bloggers where they have a unique problem:
Comments are not spam, but flames, trolls or downright nasty to
personal attacks.

A few bloggers share their experiences followed by discussions on how
to deal with such:


For the sake of conversation and transparency, and instead of
deleting, I was wondering if marking nasty comments like Slashdot
would be a good idea. Hence this request to look at an option like
comment rating.

Comment rating would be controlled by the author (from the admin
area). For uncivilized comments, he/she will mark them as "below the
threshold" or something to that effect.

As an addition in comment moderation area, in addition to "Approved",
"Spam", "Delete", .. there could be a radio like "Flame/Troll/Nasty".
When the admin marks a comment as such, the comment is seen in a
lighter color, italicized and/or a strikethrough is used with a note
automatically appearing above the comment like:

"This comment is below the threshold and is marked by the author as a

Is this a good idea?

You introduce a lot of extra complexity if you incorporate comment moderation that becomes visible beyond dashboard-level. I remember how long it took me to become fully-acquainted with all the rules and practices in Slashdot (PHP-Nuke-based). Imagine yourself what a burden this will be to 'hit-and-run' blog visitors.

If it becomes a plug-in, as I believe it should, the small proportion of people
who practically _require_ it will be able to install it. This makes me wonder
if plug-ins for threading of comments already exist... I once saw something,
but it was shallow...


Roy S. Schestowitz

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