Based on a recent post by Dave Winer (RSS pioneer) called Proposal: A new kind of blog comment system. And a follow up has been posted here: Why I like comments. Briefly, the idea behind the new commenting system it is the following:
- Disable commenting on posts older than 24 hours
- Comments are invisible to other commenters until the 24 hour period expires
- Commenters can edit their comments during the period
- Length limit of 1000 characters
So jumping back to my mail inbox and the comments folder with over a 100 unread and unresponded (and spam) messages, I decided to give it a go, starting from point one. I fully agree with Dave about the reasoning behind all the points, but personally think that 24 hours is too harsh, so I started off with 7 days, keeping in mind that this has to be decreased.
This means that when a post is published, you (my readers) have 7 days to comment. Don’t worry, commenting on support pages for my WordPress plugins has not been switched off.
I’ll hopefully be implementing the rest of the features throughout September, and will keep you posted on Twitter (@kovshenin). Cheers!
Update: Due to some temporary WordPress limitations, I had to switch comments back on for a while. Will probably write a short snippet on how to achieve such functionality without having to do it from within your WordPress settings, which applies to pages as well.