13 Apr 2009

WordPress Plugin v2.1

Hi everyone, my name is Beau and I’ve been working with the guys here at IntenseDebate to improve their WordPress plugin and its syncing functionality. I’ve been using the WP plugin myself since last year (check out my public IntenseDebate profile!) so it’s been really great to be able to work with the team here and help improve a service that I’m personally a big fan of. WordPress has become a major part of my personal and professional life, so I’m happy that the integration between IntenseDebate and WordPress is constantly improving.

We’ve been hard at work updating the IntenseDebate service and finding out what folks like you would like to see from us. One of the biggest requests we’ve had for the WordPress Plugin is to sync moderation settings between your WordPress blog and IntenseDebate. Well, ask and ye shall receive!

Syncing Discussion/Moderation Settings
The biggest new feature in this version is that all relevant discussion/moderation settings (words/email addresses/IPs that cause a comment to go to moderation or be blacklisted, email notification options etc) will now be synced between your WordPress blog and your IntenseDebate control panel. This means that you can use either of them to make changes, and they will automatically update each other.

IntenseDebate - WordPress moderation sync

In addition to that, we’ve done a lot of code cleanup and some other backend tweaks to make things run more smoothly. We’ve also improved the integration with your WordPress Admin Panel for comment moderation. That panel should load faster now as well thanks to some optimizations we’ve implemented. Did you ever notice that if you saved your WordPress profile information, you’d have to log back into IntenseDebate again? Not anymore, that one got fixed as well.

Install/Upgrade
If you’re installing the plugin for the first time, it will ask you if you’d like to merge your moderation settings with IntenseDebate, right after you log into your account:

Merge moderation settings

We recommend that you leave that box checked, which will add our default spam-catching naughty-words to any that you might have set up in WordPress already. Once you have the new plugin installed, things should automatically start syncing between the two systems whenever you make a change to your moderation settings.

If you already have a previous version of the IntenseDebate plugin installed, you should see an upgrade reminder appear in your Admin Panel soon. If not (or if you prefer to do these things manually), you can download the plugin from the WordPress Plugin Directory now.

Once you’re finished upgrading you’ll need to trigger a sync to make sure things get started properly. Log into IntenseDebate and go to the “Settings” page for your blog. Add a single space character to the “Moderate posts containing the following words” box and hit “Save settings”. Your IntenseDebate settings will now be synced over to WordPress and things will stay in sync from now on.
Manually trigger a sync

Thinking about giving IntenseDebate a try? There’s no better time than the now! Get started with IntenseDebate!

UPDATE

We have identified and fixed an issue with the importer.  Please update your plugin to version 2.1.1.   You should have an upgrade message in your WP plugins panel. If you don’t please download the plugin here.

Posted by Beau Lebens in WordPress Plugin


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67 Comments »

  1. ID is great and all for normal HTML, but when are you going to stop using upper-case tag names in your JavaScript code so I can use this plugin in XHTML? It's been a while since an ID support person said that this would be fixed. I can see how must be extremely hard to replace all instances of "HEAD" with "head" and all instances of "SCRIPT" with "script". That would take me months, if not years, to do myself.

    Also, could you please either namespace your JavaScript code and/or put it all in an anonymous function? A good unobtrusive namespace could `_ID'

    Edit: The WordPress plugins site is up-to-date but intensedebate.com/install-w still shows the old version.

    Comment by Elijah Grey — April 13, 2009 @ 7:39 pm
  2. Elijah, those changes are coming. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for the heads-up about the version # at the site. It's been updated.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 13, 2009 @ 8:53 pm
  3. Yeah, it's very nice on paper, but…

    Downloading update from http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/intensedeba

    Unpacking the update

    Incompatible archive: PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT (-10) : Unable to find End of Central Dir Record signature

    Plugin upgrade Failed

    ——–

    So, what do I do?

    Comment by Fabio Bracht — April 13, 2009 @ 7:49 pm
  4. We're taking a look Fabio.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 13, 2009 @ 8:07 pm
  5. Can you try installing it manually?

    Comment by Michael — April 13, 2009 @ 9:01 pm
  6. Wouldn't it be worse? I mean, if there's something wrong with the automatic update process, it stops itself and all is good. What if something goes wrong with a manual update?

    Comment by Fabio Bracht — April 13, 2009 @ 9:04 pm
  7. Hmm… "upgrading" to 2.1, but the plugin doesn't seem to realize that I had 2.0.18 installed already, and wants to queue all my comments for import again. Hopefully this isn't going to result in a bunch of dupes…

    Comment by Zane Selvans — April 13, 2009 @ 7:55 pm
  8. Which blog is this for?

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 14, 2009 @ 4:37 pm
  9. This is at http://amateurearthling.org

    It appears to have worked. The "import" took place almost instantly, which suggests that it didn't actually do any importing (when I originally imported my comments way back when, it queued and took an hour or something to clear). No duplicate comments are apparent.

    Comment by Zane Selvans — April 14, 2009 @ 7:12 pm
  10. Zane, it's just resyncing so it won't result in dupes.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 13, 2009 @ 8:07 pm
  11. I installed the new plugin but the interface looks exactly the same as version 2.0.18. Should I click the "reset Intense Debate plugin' button???

    Comment by Chris — April 14, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
  12. Got your email. We're on it.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 14, 2009 @ 4:32 pm
  13. hurray!

    Comment by human3rror — April 13, 2009 @ 8:18 pm
  14. sad. it said i cannot remove the old plugin on upgrade… i'm sad.

    Comment by human3rror — April 13, 2009 @ 8:22 pm
  15. Can you try downloading it and manually upgrading it? Sorry.

    Comment by Michael — April 13, 2009 @ 9:00 pm
  16. i'll have to try that. it hosed my blog….

    Comment by human3rror — April 14, 2009 @ 12:42 am
  17. hmmmm, still not to sure weather to move over to intense debate – i no people who love it, i no people who hate it.

    Comment by danielgroves — April 13, 2009 @ 8:36 pm
  18. daniel. it's awesome. use it.

    Comment by human3rror — April 14, 2009 @ 12:43 am
  19. I used Disqus for about 5 months before switching because they weren't updating enough over there and I had some other issues that were unresolved. Happy so far!

    Comment by Andrew S. — April 15, 2009 @ 6:18 pm
  20. Can you try downloading it and manually upgrading it? Sorry.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 13, 2009 @ 9:00 pm
  21. We'd love to have you using IntenseDebate. What are your concerns? Please feel free to email at info@intensedebate.com. I'm happy to answer any questions.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 13, 2009 @ 9:02 pm
  22. My concerns are simple really:
    – What if your servers go down? What happens then?
    – I have future plans for my site that require people to suscribe. I really don't like the idea of them haviing to be signed into two different website, one for the special pages and one for the commenting system.

    Comment by danielgroves — April 14, 2009 @ 8:03 am
  23. Sweet! I love it.

    Comment by brianayers — April 13, 2009 @ 11:23 pm
  24. I have the new plugin installed but the WordPress interface seems to look like the old one. Any recommendations on what to do? Should I reset the plugin???

    Comment by Chris — April 14, 2009 @ 12:20 am
  25. When I installed it on my wordpress blog, all my comments disappeared. I deactivated it overnight and then turned it back on this morning. Still no comments. I came here to the blog and read the part in this post about triggering a new sync. That fixed it, but it seems like a lot of work to figure out the problem. How many people are going to give up when their comments disappear? I am glad it's working because I really like the functionality.

    Comment by FaithEngineer — April 14, 2009 @ 11:34 am
  26. We're looking into this now.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 14, 2009 @ 4:32 pm
  27. Awesome new, it's nice to see improvements, specially in the engine and synchronizations. I'm eager to see more threading options (like aways expanded or aways colapsed), but I'm confident you'll get to it in time.

    Good job, and keep the good work. Any words on new plugins?

    Cheers!

    Comment by Daniel Anand — April 14, 2009 @ 11:35 am
  28. churchcrunch…

    and how about that facebook connect… ?

    Comment by human3rror — April 14, 2009 @ 4:42 pm
  29. […] Original post:  WordPress Plugin v2.1 « IntenseDebate – Official Blog […]

  30. Haven't been able to use it since I installed the plugin wont let me login, no help from the forum, nothing, Im officially over it good riddens

    Comment by akambeitz — April 15, 2009 @ 12:34 am
  31. Sorry for the delay. I responded to your email a little while ago. Thanks for your patience.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 15, 2009 @ 5:33 pm
  32. Michael Koenig I got it figured out on my end, was getting a querystring return saying "login_msg=Missing+field%3A+blog_title" added my Blog name and it worked. So thanks again for your help.

    Comment by akambeitz — April 17, 2009 @ 8:42 pm
  33. Wonderful news! I just did the upgrade and my headaches ended. The widgets are working fine now and they are able to be updated.

    One suggestion: Pay a little attention for the non-english speaking users.

    This is one of the best WP plugin!

    Comment by Amílcar Tavares — April 16, 2009 @ 2:43 pm
  34. UPDATE
    We have identified and fixed an issue with the importer. Please update your plugin to version 2.1.1. You should have an upgrade message in your WP plugins panel. If you don’t please download the plugin here.

    Thanks!:)

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 16, 2009 @ 2:46 pm
  35. I'm having trouble with this version (2.1.1). It logs me out between sessions. If I go to the Dashboard (or anywhere else), then back to Comments, I'm prompted for a login. Coming back over to the Intense Debate site, I see I really am logged out. Cleared cache and cookies to no avail. I'm on the Safari 4 beta, but the previous version was working fine.

    Comment by Chris Baskind — April 16, 2009 @ 4:22 pm
  36. Just wanted to follow up on this. Whatever is going on is strictly a Safari 4 issue. It's something to do with the way WebKit is handling 3rd party cookies — not an Intense Debate bug.

    Comment by Chris Baskind — April 18, 2009 @ 9:15 pm
  37. Chris – I don't have Safari 4 unfortunately (only on Tiger😦 ), but does it have an option like Safari 3, under Preferences > Security > Accept Cookies, where you can set it to "Always"? Would you be able to try that out to see if it fixes the problem? Thanks.

    Comment by Beau Lebens — April 19, 2009 @ 1:14 am
  38. Elijah, I've started changing these to lower-case as of the 2.1.1 version of the plugin. I believe there are still some that come from the intensedebate.com side of things that I haven't tracked down yet, but I'll change them as I come across them.

    Comment by Beau Lebens — April 16, 2009 @ 5:32 pm
  39. think it's hosing my site… again.

    Comment by human3rror — April 16, 2009 @ 10:11 pm
  40. What's the URL? And are you getting an actual error of some sort?

    Comment by Beau Lebens — April 16, 2009 @ 10:15 pm
  41. http://churchcrunch.com
    />
    i've had to restart the server twice.

    Comment by human3rror — April 16, 2009 @ 10:19 pm
  42. That doesn't sound like something that the plugin would/could do (taking down your server). Do you get errors (or anything useful) in your web server's error_log?

    Comment by Beau Lebens — April 16, 2009 @ 10:24 pm
  43. yeah, i've had this before.

    now i'm getting \”import complete\” emails every 10 minutes…. 5th one so far.

    Comment by human3rror — April 16, 2009 @ 10:32 pm
  44. http://twitpic.com/3f9k3 <~~~ uploads 5 every other minute or so… taking forever.

    Comment by human3rror — April 16, 2009 @ 10:32 pm
  45. I've reset your import because it was showing as having an error on our end, probably from when you had to restart your server. Let me know if you get a server crash/load problem again and I'll keep an eye on the progress of your import from this end.

    Comment by Beau Lebens — April 16, 2009 @ 11:53 pm
  46. do you want me to restart the import then?

    Comment by human3rror — April 17, 2009 @ 12:06 am
  47. It should have restarted based on what I did. Did you see any results (or any more major problems?)

    Comment by Beau Lebens — April 18, 2009 @ 5:12 pm
  48. my human3rror.com blog doesn't do replies right… not indenting \”reply\”… and churchcrunch.com still having connection issues.

    Comment by human3rror — April 18, 2009 @ 7:02 pm
  49. I've just installed ID for the first time ever.

    Two problems I have right away:

    1. If I deactivate javascript, the first 3 comments are displayed ok, the rest is a mess of text.

    2. No matter what I choose in the settings for comment sorting it always sorts by "last activity" (which by the way outputs in a weird order). I want it to order by date.

    Thanks,
    Eddie

    Comment by Eddie Corbano — April 18, 2009 @ 5:46 pm
  50. 1. Can you provide me with specific links? What web browser are you using?

    2. I'm taking a look.

    Thanks

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 19, 2009 @ 3:57 am
  51. 2. I checked it out and the setting is correct. Does the issue persist?

    Comment by Michael Koenig — April 19, 2009 @ 3:58 am
  52. Thanks for the reply.

    Here's the link to a post with lots of comments: http://lovesagame.com/the-secret-how-to-get-over-

    Yes, the problems persist.

    Comment by Eddie Corbano — April 19, 2009 @ 5:58 am
  53. Hi, Beau. I shot Michael a note earlier this evening to report it was a borked preferences file (which had the effect you describe). I nuked and regenerated it. Now it's no longer lying to me about accepting cookies. 😉

    So I'm good, and the plugin works fine in Safari 4 beta. Thanks for jumping into the thread!

    Comment by Chris Baskind — April 19, 2009 @ 9:09 am
  54. I'm scared , is it safe to come back to intensedebate from disqus ?

    also can you guys implement something similair to disqus's social reactions where it counts comments from twitter etc etc about your website ?

    Comment by kmpoaquests — April 19, 2009 @ 11:37 pm
  55. I'm scared , is it safe to come back to intensedebate from disqus ?

    also can you guys implement something similair to disqus's social reactions where it counts comments from twitter etc etc about your website ?

    Comment by kmpoaquests — April 19, 2009 @ 11:37 pm
  56. Write your comment here…

    Comment by JamESPrestonBELl — April 20, 2009 @ 8:24 pm
  57. Love it, major problem is linking do intensedebate page, please, this is not a very nice way to help people with their debate. At least give it a change to see his own website in the pop up option of other online services like facebook ans so.

    Comment by mariofialho — April 23, 2009 @ 4:55 am
  58. My WP blog is hosted at WordPress.com and I cannot find a way to install Intense Debate there – any ideas?

    Comment by Joseph Hunkins — April 25, 2009 @ 6:12 pm
  59. New user on here. Great comments. Thanks for the information people!

    Comment by rentselect — April 26, 2009 @ 9:57 pm
  60. What about i18n support?

    Comment by salpagarov — May 25, 2009 @ 2:29 pm
  61. You just write the code necessary to interface with the plug-in. If you're familiar enough with programming and with php, it isn't that difficult to do. If you're not, it's not possible for you to do it.

    Comment by Web design SEO — May 29, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
  62. Hi! Google Wave is coming, so what do you have in mind? Could you write a post about it?

    Comment by Amílcar Tavares — June 1, 2009 @ 4:38 pm
  63. I have the new plugin installed but the WordPress interface seems to look like the old one. Any recommendations on what to do? Should I reset the plugin???
    thanks

    Comment by صور — June 3, 2009 @ 12:29 pm
  64. When adding my settings in WP, I click 'log in to intensedebate' and get a white page. That's all.

    I can't move forward from here. I really want to use ID but I can't figure out how to get it.

    Comment by Andy McMahon — June 5, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
  65. I have just upgraded to WP 2.8 and I'm hoping that I'll be able to fully import my 49,700+ comments into ID. My last 9 attempts with the previous WP version have failed. If anyone knows how to solve this, please contact me. I have emailed Support, but they don't seem to understand, or perhaps are just not able to help.
    BTW, the worst part is that while the sync is running (for hours), my comments section is off line. I usually get several emails telling me the import is complete, but in the WP admin, I get an error message that says it could not complete the import.

    Comment by ScottOtt — June 12, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
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    Comment by sesli — July 10, 2009 @ 4:22 am
  67. […] Intense Debate is a handy dandy plugin in that regard. I’ve seen how well it works on other sites, I guess in the weeks that come, we’ll know how good this actually is. At the moment I like that it lets you sign in with your twitter/facebook/ open ID. Guess the jury is still out on how good this actually is, but I guess time will tell and I’ll keep coming back to update this post and maybe put it on the sidebar so we can all refer to it. […]

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