Comments on: “Just Writing” Isn’t Enough http://www.themelab.com/just-writing-not-enough/ We build High Quality, Good Looking Premium WordPress Themes that are Easy to Use and ready for just about anything. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:01:53 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 By: Christian Wach http://www.themelab.com/just-writing-not-enough/#comment-55251 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:33:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=3480#comment-55251 I would be absolutely delighted if more people decided to help out with CommentPress!

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By: donnacha of WordSkill http://www.themelab.com/just-writing-not-enough/#comment-39402 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:34:14 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=3480#comment-39402 Oh, that’s very kind of you to say, thanks Leland, I enjoy your writing too, you’ve got a very engaging style.

The real strength of Medium/CommentPress-style commenting, rather than just being a drop-in replacement for normal blog comments, is that it encourages new forms of interaction, particularly in terms of group collaboration, proof-reading and annotation, where being able to tack a comment (and ensuing discussion) onto a specific paragraph will be clearer and save everyone a lot of time.

Thanks for pointing out Highlighter and Spectacu.la, I had not been aware of them.

Highlighter seems technically impressive but doesn’t quite connect with the potential for greater engagement which I sense could be unearthed if comments could both be paragraph specific and run alongside the post, for all to see, as opposed to starting discussions in a group somewhere else.

Spectacu.la didn’t impress – threaded, AJAXified comments, I guess that is all good stuff, improving upon traditional commenting, but it doesn’t come close to the radically different approach of Medium.

Looking at CommentPress again, I guess that remains the closest that we, in the WordPress world, have to Medium, it is just a shame that more developers haven’t spotted the opportunity to build on and improve it.

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By: Leland http://www.themelab.com/just-writing-not-enough/#comment-39061 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:16:39 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=3480#comment-39061 Hey Donnacha, first of all, thanks so much for leaving a comment. You probably hear this a lot but, you’re one of my favorite people in the WordPress community to read comments by.

I do agree with you about Medium’s notes feature, my main concern is that people are so used to just scrolling down and leaving a comment on the entire article, they may have trouble grasping the concept of leaving a note on a specific sentence instead.

Before I posted this I asked if there were similar solutions for WordPress. Highlighter came up. Spectacu.la discussion is another. I’ve never heard of CommentPress before now, but there is clearly room for improvement in bringing similar functionality to WordPress.

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By: donnacha of WordSkill http://www.themelab.com/just-writing-not-enough/#comment-38849 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:13:16 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=3480#comment-38849 The notes feature might, as you say, be Medium’s only truly innovative feature but it is one Hell of an important one. For various reasons, mostly revolving around the problem of lowering the barrier to engagement, it is much better than traditional WordPress commenting.

For years, long before Medium, I’ve been searching for a good paragraph commenting plugin and, more recently, I had hoped that the success of Medium would prompt developers to try a WordPress version but, so far, I am unaware of any.

Ironically, I think Medium got the idea from the old CommentPress WordPress plugin which, sadly, no longer receives much active development, looks quite bad and is tricky to modify.

I would love to see someone bring this concept up-to-date for WordPress, it has a ton of commercial potential as a unique theme or plugin, I have several stalled projects that it would be perfect for.

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