I’ve been using WordPress for god knows how long now. I mainly blog about crap but, like any other blogger, I love to see people interacting with the site and leaving comments. As Darragh has outlined before, comments are the life blood of blogs. I browse a lot of blogs each day and comment on quite a few. The comments sections in these blogs sometimes turn into more than just standalone comments on an article, they become conversations instead.
Most of you will have seen the little tick box at the end of a comment form indicating whether or not you want to be emailed if someone else comments. It’s simple, effective and in most cases is the “Subscribe to Comments” plugin (developed by Mark Jaquith), at least on WordPress blogs. That single tick can drag me back to a post I had forgotten about and engage me in a conversation I may well have missed out on. Otherwise I’d have to subscribe to the comments feed for all of those blogs via RSS. Explain to me which is easier for non-techies to understand?
I mentioned to Donncha a while ago how this functionality should be built into WordPress.com. I know he looks after MU and not WP.com incidentally. The hosted version, while tracking your comments on other WordPress.com blogs, doesn’t offer the “Subscribe to Comments” functionality. I believe that’s something that should be addressed by the WP team. There are over 3.7 million blogs on the platform and a number of my friends are hosted there. Having the ability to track conversations within their comments would not only be good for the user but good for WordPress.com in terms of advertising etc.
Well, that’s my take on it anyway. What do ya reckon?