FV Thoughtful Comments Installation

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Just copy the plugin directory into your WordPress plugins directory (usually wp-content/plugins) and activate it in WordPress admin panel. More information can be found on official WordPress site.


  • WordPress 2.7+

Design customizations

You can modify the CSS file in the plugin (/wp-content/plugins/thoughtful-comments/css/frontend.css) to change the styling of plugin action links and the highlights.

Or you can just empty/comment out that file and define the styling for all the classes from the plugin's CSS file in your theme stylesheet.

Theme Compatibility

If you want to get the most correct display when deleting a comment and preserving it's replies, you need to use a theme which is using "cascade" display of the comments instead of "nested" display. Differences between these two ways how to display comments are shown on the following picutres.

thoughtful comments nested
An illustration of nested comments display

What happens when you delete the topmost comment of 'subscribe' user? The comment is removed from database and its HTML element is removed from the display. Since this HTML element in nested comments display contains all the reply comments, they will be gone from the screen too - but they will remain in the database and if you reload the page you will see that these replies are back where they are supposed to be.

thoughtful comments cascaded
An illustration of cascade comments display

There's a small chance that your theme will not be compatible with FV Thoughtful Comments' JavaScript routines. In this case the comment may be removed only partially or not removed at all from display when deleting and you will have to reload the page to see which comments are already deleted.

FV Thoughtful Comments assumes that each comment is contained in some HTML element with unique ID which is containing the comment ID, so it works with most of the themes. If you experience problems using it with your favorite theme, we are looking forward to fix our plugin to work with it. Just let us know the name of the theme.

However everything will be fine in the WordPress database.

FV Thoughtful Comments forums

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