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Opened 5 months ago

Last modified 5 months ago

#60533 new enhancement

The comment tree is old – maybe it’s worth changing it?

Reported by: danishsard's profile Danishsard Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Comments Keywords: reporter-feedback
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Maybe it’s worth considering a new approach to comments on WordPress? It’s about the tree – the rooting of comments. Currently it may be level 10. And later there is no reply button – because they usually get narrower.

Or maybe it’s worth ending this rooting and switching to something – where every statement will be treated as a response. Completely without roots and their depth – which has been causing problems in long conversations for years.

Maybe it would be worth creating it like on the forums – i.e. on a completely different system, without this limitation. Isn’t it worth thinking about?

Sometimes conversations are long and it’s a real pain to keep talking to anyone on WordPress. Because – either they are becoming narrower – or the comment ends after the 10th comment – because it cannot be moved as a child.

It is probably worth changing it to some other approach, more known from forums – where the number of comments and conversations as – answer to answer does not matter how many of them there are.

Change History (3)

#1 @swissspidy
5 months ago

  • Keywords reporter-feedback added
  • Type changed from feature request to enhancement

Hi there and welcome to WordPress Trac!

Threaded (nested) comments are optional in WordPress and can range from 2-10 levels, but can also be completely disabled. If you disable threaded comments, the experience is just like in forums, as you describe it.
Are you expecting some other behavior when disabling threaded (nested) comments?

#2 @Danishsard
5 months ago

It will not be the same - because each comment does not contain a link to a reply to a given comment. There is only a window for writing comments at the bottom, but not responding to comments of specific people.

#3 @rcreators
5 months ago

I think we should take some references from YouTube, LinkedIn, reddit and Facebook for this features. As explained by @Danishsard, thread comments are becoming pain after few replies for trending articles. If you have popular site having many engaging users, it's difficult for them to reply to each others reply.

I think this needs to be discussed further.

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