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Opened 16 months ago

Last modified 8 months ago

#22889 new enhancement

Reconsider no-JS ?replytocom= links

Reported by: markjaquith Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Comments Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:

Description

We have a no-JS fallback for comment replies. Normally JS moves the comment form around. For people with JavaScript disabled, they follow the ?replytocom={123} link. This results in a lot of extra crawling by search engines (potentially an additional crawl per reply-able comment!) in exchange for enabling an awkwardly executed, likely underused, and non-essential feature for non-JS users.

I'd like to consider making comment reply JS-only.

Change History (3)

comment:2 mdgl16 months ago

Agreed that the current replytocom mechanism is really ugly and causes numerous difficulties, but it would be disappointing to lose the ability to handle threaded comments completely unless JS is enabled.

As far as I can see the underlying issue is how to get the variable comment_parent set for wp-comments-post.php when you submit a comment. It might be worth thinking through some other ways in which the user could get this variable set appropriately and without JS.

This and many other tickets are indicating that our comments system is probably long overdue for a revamp. I would suggest a phased approach over perhaps two releases: first clean up the underlying mechanisms and APIs; second create a better front-end with POST through the page template, overlayed with some nice AJAX support for those using JS.

comment:3 banago8 months ago

.. for enabling an awkwardly executed, likely underused, and non-essential feature for non-JS users

Can't agree more. Using the HTML5 "data" attribute to have something like this, would work I think:

<a href="#" data=reply="{123}" title="Reply to this comment">Reply</a>

Or even move away from the anchor tag altogether.

Version 0, edited 8 months ago by banago (next)
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