Treat those first time commenters with respect!

June 03rd, 2008 – 15 Comments

I’ve been using comment relish for a while, and used to be quite pleased with that. It has some bugs though, and it was just a tad bit more spammy than I actually wanted to be. So when Alejandro Reyes asked on Twitter:

I thought, I don’t know of any plugin that does that, but it’s a darn good idea, let’s build that. And so I did. Here is version 0.1 of the comment redirect plugin!

15 Responses to Treat those first time commenters with respect!

  1. erwin blom
    By erwin blom on 3 June, 2008


  2. Ton Wesseling
    By Ton Wesseling on 3 June, 2008

    Great idea. Comment Relish seems indeed a bit buggy and people do find it spammy.

    Can you build in a code so you can only reach the page when redirected after placing a comment? If you do that just extend it to a loyalty system. You can build in a special gift for, let’s say, someone reaching 25 comments, 100 comments etc.

    Time left? Extend your loyalty plugin to number of visits, number of posts, number of clicks on advertisements :-)

    Keep on going!

  3. Alejandro Reyes
    By Alejandro Reyes on 3 June, 2008

    Joost you are the MAN!!!!

    Always outdoing yourself!

    Thanks for always providing tons of value to us with great content & tools!!


  4. Joost de Valk
    By Joost de Valk on 3 June, 2008

    My pleasure guys!

    @Ton Wesseling: 25 & 100 would be easy, even thresholds you could set yourself would be easy. Making it impossible to visit that post from “outside” is harder but probably doable… Let me think about that one ;)

  5. Devon Young
    By Devon Young on 4 June, 2008

    I’ve never heard of that being done, but yeah, it is a good idea. Nice work!

  6. Debra Durham
    By Debra Durham on 4 June, 2008

    Very handy! (Conversion goal perhaps?)

    Many thanks.

  7. Inge Janse
    By Inge Janse on 4 June, 2008

    I like the idea (comment relish indeed was too spammy and can slow your database dramatically), but have one concern: user experience. If one places a comment, the expectation is that the current page is reloaded, but only then with the new comment. Redirecting (without warning) a visitor to a new page seems like something that cannot be predicted, and hence inflicts the user experience. What are your thoughts on that?

  8. Traci
    By Traci on 4 June, 2008

    Sweet! Thanks!

  9. Ton Wesseling
    By Ton Wesseling on 4 June, 2008

    @joost why not add an a/b test module to it. SO you can test different loyalty actions on visitors reaching a certain goal. And when i thought of that. Is there an plugin combining Google webmaster tools with WordPress? That would be CMS 2.0 :-)

  10. António
    By António on 4 June, 2008

    Nice one. Let’s see how it works (hoping you have it installed here…)

  11. Laurens
    By Laurens on 5 June, 2008


    Quote: “Making it impossible to visit that post from “outside” is harder but probably doable… Let me think about that one ;)”

    Just save the IP and optionally a cookie. Before displaying a page/post flagged as a special one, check on the IP and/or cookie before displaying the_content(). You can make relations between page/posts but that’s not really flexible. I think it’s cooler to have the option (when writing a new page/post) to assign a special page to that one.

  12. smottt
    By smottt on 5 June, 2008

    It indeed is a very good idea and I intend to use it in the near future. Thanks!

  13. Ed
    By Ed on 7 June, 2008

    Nice plugin Joost!

    It would be great if you can enter a URL of your own, so you have an entry field where you can enter a URL that you would like the redirect go to.

    It’s kind of odd to create a thank you page that can also be accessed via your main menu.

  14. martijn
    By martijn on 25 June, 2008

    hey joost, some feedback.
    on your thank you page for this site, is it possible to have a link [i]back[/i] to the page you commented on (if it was the first time). I found it annoying to use the back button on my browser to return to the post and had to refresh manually as well.

    and, could you add a link back to the thread (this one ) where the discussion is about the plugin on the plugin page ? i had to use the search while I thought it would be easily accessible using the plugin page because one time you mentioned about having posts for discussion and the page for the actual article/plugin/tool ;-)


  15. Joanna Young
    By Joanna Young on 27 September, 2008

    It’s a nice idea. I’m also commenting to see how it works in action :-)

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