Earlier today I read a post by Naithin where it seems that CommentLuv is causing some issues for people who comment on blogs with their WordPress accounts. If you want the details you can find it here.
The gist of it is people who use a WordPress account to make a comment have a bar on the top where they can be notified when someone replies to their comment or likes it. This kind of behavior is only possible if the blog in question has a plugin called Jetpack.
CommentLuv though is another plugin that gives the person leaving a comment to link back to their own post and showing that link under their comment. But that functionality is only possible by overriding Jetpack’s comment functionality.
That means that with CommentLuv enabled people who use a WordPress account to comment aren’t get a notification when their comment gets a reply or a like.
Personally I find getting that kind of notification to be pretty useful and I assume others feel the same. While I like to allow people to easily leave a link back to their content, if I have to choose between those two kind of functionality then I will choose the first.
Because of this I disabled CommentLuv. If you don’t see the option to link back to your content anymore that is why. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and if there is a better solution in the future I will implement them.
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It’s a shame, enough of one that I’m going to try dig off some very rusty (and shaky in the first place) PHP skills and see if I can’t fix this with some manual jiggery-pokery.
CommentLuv does have a manual call option, my main worry is that the way JetPack handles the website URL for WordPress accounts isn’t going to play nice.
And if TOO much jiggery-pokery is required then even if I somehow manage to make it work; then it might not be repeatable for others as it could end up being very theme dependent.
I’m planning on looking at it this weekend in any case, so will see how it goes.
Also: Just to be really clear on the issue — if someone comments or replies via Reader/WordPress Admin bar; everything works as intended (except commentluv of course, because it doesn’t show up there) — but if someone comments on your page directly, due to the WordPress account not getting tied to the comment, notifications don’t at all work with ComLuv on.
I can confirm now while writing this comment that the WordPress.com account bar is appearing and working fine. 🙂
Personally I’d rather not rely on those kind of hacks since an update to either Jetpack or CommentLuv could break it. If there is an official update that allows them to play nicely with each other then I will activate CommentLuv again.
Thanks for the extra explanation and testing it out too! 🙂
Got the notification this time! 😉 Replying from it right now in fact.
In any case, yes — I expect updates to either *could* break it again. Very unlikely we’ll ever see an update which fixes this from either party given the years it has been like this.
That fact is also what leads me to think it just might not be possible with how they each approach things, otherwise surely by now they would have!
And you make a good point. Maybe Jetpack could add this kind of feature in the future? Or someone else can make a plugin that doesn’t hijack Jetpack’s comment functionality? One can certainly dream!
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