Feb 17 2012
Yesterday, one of the blog’s regular visitors commented that she’d like more “Facebook-like” conversation threads, the ability to “like” individual comments, etc. I thought to myself, “What an excellent idea! There must be a WordPress plug-in out there that does that.”
Don’t you think it’s a good idea too?
Well… after several hours of research today, I can report that there are at least three good options available — and none of them is a good solution for the Poetry Chaikhana Blog.
This is a hugely popular, well-tested, elegant solution. It just isn’t compatible with my current blog template.
This is also a well-crafted solution. The problem with it is that Livefyre doesn’t make it very clear to users how to post comments without first signing up for an account with them. It can be done, but it’s confusing. I want to encourage spontaneous comments, not discourage them.
Do I need to say more? My impression is that this solution is a little less elegant in appearance, but it is very well designed on a technical level. But who would want to sign up for intense debates? I certainly wouldn’t bring that into the Poetry Chaikhana blog.
So, after a lot of research, we’re back with simple comments — but, I hope you’ll agree, it’s still a wonderful blog in so many ways.
If any of you poetry-loving web geeks out there know of other solutions I should investigate, drop me a line… or a comment.