Redesigned Comments

Screenshot of new comments

I spent a good chunk of today re-jiggering the look and functionality of the comment system here on my blog. Using the WordPress Thread Comment plugin readers and myself can respond directly to other comments complete with e-mail notification. Gravatar is a globally recognizable avatar plugin giving everyone who posts their thoughts to my blog the option to show an icon representing themselves. If you don’t have a Gravatar account head on over to to register your e-mail address. Finally, I installed WP-Chunk which simply minimizes long URLs posted in comments and prevents them from breaking my layout.

But most importantly I re-designed the look of comments making them easier to read. I hope this will encourage more discussion on my blog and if you have any feedback, please leave a comment!

P.S. If you need a smattering of comment designs for inspiration check out the comment design showcase at

6 Responses to “ Redesigned Comments ”

  1. First! Fake. Shopp’d! Your mother.

  2. Thank you for your valuable contribution!

  3. And thanks to the magic of comment threading, my uncouth derailment is shunted into its own stream of conversation! Still, I find I prefer a linear flow of comments with quotable anchored permalinks; years of staring at Slashdot and Scoop posts have given me the impression of a noisy crowded room when I see multiple threads ongoing.

  4. Agreed! But I didn’t have time to rework the plugin. There are a few things I would certainly like to change about it but that will wait for another weekend.

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