WordPress is working on seriously improving the WordPress Comments Panel in the Administration Panels interface. They are including the ability for the Administrator to reply directly from the Comments Panel, adding keyboard shortcuts for improved accessibility and efficiency, restoring the Edit Comment link, and more features to make handling comments easier.
The WordPress email comments feature also needs a serious rework. Right now, you are given the options to delete, respond, moderate, and mark as spam, but these open links that require switching to your browser or browser tab to deal with later. I’d love to see the emails have the ability to interact directly with the database to speed things up for the blogger. So I keep a browser tab open for just monitoring blog comments and have email turned off, so I can increase my reaction times.
Mark Jaquith brought up a lot of issues about the WordPress Comment “inbox” which might also make its way into WordPress 2.7 or a future version, and there are a lot of great WordPress Plugins which help improve how WordPress handles comments such as those found in:
- Comment Inbox WordPress Plugin
- Absolute Comments WordPress Plugin
- WP Comment Remix WordPress Plugin
- Admin Panel Comment Reply Plugin
- Better Comments Manager Plugin
I’m a huge fan of the indispensable WordPress Comment Ninja Greasemonkey Script works for any WordPress blog including WordPress.com blogs, and I’d love to see those features added to the WordPress Comment Panel.
I’ve long said that the number one flaw in WordPress is the poor comments handling features, so I’m looking forward to what the development team is working on.
But what about you? There are a ton of WordPress Plugins out there that handle comments, comment spam, moderation, and response. If you were designing the perfect WordPress Comment Panel, which Plugins and features would you love to see included? What can’t you live without?