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WP HTTP Overhaul

Comments Overhaul

Led by: wonderboymusic

Things that have been done:

  • Overhauled comment caching
  • Added WP_Comment
  • All template functions now accept full comment object, in addition to just comment_ID
  • Comment count for pending comments appears in the HTML title

Perhaps a UI upgrade while we’re at it.

Comment Moderation + Heartbeart

On my recent call for feedback post, the comments came in quick, and many required moderation. If you keep the comments list table moderation page open, there is no indication when new comments arrive. There is probably some work we can do here with the Heartbeat API.


  • Live comment moderation, doesn’t require refreshing the page to see new comments or find out that there are comments to be moderated.
  • a chance to make use of Heartbeat
  • I recently dug into some of the ancient comment code to fix bubble counts dynamically when inline moderation happens - this whole screen can be rewritten in Backbone, fairly easily.