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Poking at weak spots around WordPress: Communities, Comments, Forums

wptavern.com | Dec. 3, 2014 | 6 min read

jMonkeyEngine ditches bbPress, citing weaknesses in the Forum component. This raises larger concerns about the competitiveness of BuddyPress/bbPress in the online community market segment. All eyes turn to JJJ in hopes he'll be the saving grace! In addition, attention is brought to the weaknesses in the WP commenting system and the lack of improvements over the last 6 years.

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Tom Harrigan

Also want to point out JJJ's comment at the bottom of the article. He makes a great point about BuddyPress not being a plug-and-play solution, but more of a tool to help one achieve their goal. Though there's always room to grow and improve weak spots in the WP ecosystem, comments from JJJ like: "wish I could have stepped in earlier to see if there was opportunity to work towards a different outcome" show that the strongest part of WP is without a doubt its amazing community and those who are part of it.

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Jason David Pelker

Discourse integration/comments for WordPress might be the most interesting move for blogs. I've seen it done before, but I can't find the plugin right now. Anyway, I think it's a great idea to pull comments into a longer-lasting medium and even welcome other conversations.

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Tom Harrigan

Yea, that sounds cool. A lot of those using WP like ownership of content and having the comments exist within their WP install. Those people would like to see a native solution for comments that keeps the content within the site rather than relying on a third party. I'm not one of those people, but I understand their reasoning. Personally, I'd rather minimize the number of queries running on my sites, but native comment functionality in WP can definitely use some love.

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Jason David Pelker

The nice thing about Discourse is that it's a best-in-class forum tool, too. I guess that's overkill for 99% of sites, but if you do need a forum, why not also use it for comments?

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