13 Jun 2009

WordPress Plugin v2.2

We’ve been working away on a new version of the IntenseDebate Plugin for WordPress, and now it’s ready to come your way. This version contains a bunch of improvements and enhancements, mostly on the backend, and is also WordPress 2.8 compatible. Here’s the full list of changes, which is now included as a Changelog in the readme file included with the plugin (and which can be seen in the WordPress Plugin Directory):

  1. Compatible with WordPress 2.5 – 2.8
  2. Fixed a bug where versions of WordPress below 2.7 would turn off comment threading in IntenseDebate when saving Discussion Settings in WordPress
  3. Improved performance of the queue system used to sync details back and forth with IntenseDebate (reduced the number of database requests made significantly)
  4. Improved overall compatibility with WordPressMU (and props to Israel S. for contributed code!). Compatible WordPressMU 2.6 and 2.7.
  5. Improved debugging/logging options (you can now save debug details to your error log, database or both)
  6. Improved the initial import process (and there are some more improvements coming on this one)
  7. Improved security of the options page via better use of nonces and whitelisted options within WordPress (where available)
  8. Improved syncing of comment moderations
  9. Improved translatability so that we can get the plugin localized into other languages!

So as you can see, there’s a lot more in there than just WordPress 2.8 compatibility. In amongst all of this, there have also been a number of small improvements to the way that IntenseDebate interacts with WordPress and presents information to you while you are moderating comments.

If you’re using WordPress 2.5 or higher, or WordPressMU 2.6 or higher, we strongly recommend that you upgrade to this new version to get all the latest goodness!

If you haven’t started using IntenseDebate on your WordPress website yet, there’s no time like the present: Get started now and enhance your comments!

Posted by Beau Lebens in WordPress Plugin

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  1. I would like to know when intense debate support team will give more attention to users reporting issues.The plugin is great, but the support really sux.

    Comment by fsalum — June 13, 2009 @ 11:51 pm
  2. I'm sorry to hear that Felipe – there is no excuse for it. You can expect better performance with the plugin and from our support as we continue to move forward. Thanks for sticking with us.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — June 14, 2009 @ 2:22 am
  3. And how about Facebook Connect and Twitter integration? Disqus has had both for months now but IntenseDebate – an Automattic company – has only posted one blog post about Facebook Connect. To add insult to injury, that blog post was published almost two months ago and ID has been silent on the topic ever since. Any news on this, MIchael?

    Comment by alexluft — June 15, 2009 @ 4:23 pm
  4. We did a soft launch of Facebook Connect and plan to roll it out live shortly (most likely later this week if all goes accordingly).

    Both Twitter and Google Friend Connect are on our roadmap as well. No solid ETA on those yet, but they will likely get rolled out in the coming weeks. I'd be happy to get you on our beta list – let me know if you're interested.


    Comment by Michael Koenig — June 15, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
  5. Would love to be in on the beta! alexluft at gmail dot com

    Comment by alexluft — June 17, 2009 @ 1:48 am
  6. Would love to be in on the beta! alexluft at gmail dot com

    PS: love how ID can thread comments. To me, it's the best!

    Comment by alexluft — June 17, 2009 @ 1:48 am
  7. You can activate Facebook Connect in your blog settings. In your account select the tab named after your blog, then the Settings tab. The option is at the bottom right.

    I've added you to our beta list. Thanks!

    Comment by Michael Koenig — June 17, 2009 @ 4:37 pm
  8. WP2.8 incompatibility was reported waaaay before 2.8 was released, and having the plugin out just now, two days after WordPress 2.8, is just plain nonsense.

    Just as a reminder, with the previous version of the plugin, IntenseDebate rendered the whole WordPress admin unusable. You are working in the same company, you should be able to ship products that don't break each other.

    That is not great support, guys.

    Comment by netsabes — June 14, 2009 @ 12:17 am
  9. Kudos to the geniuses who created this superb plugin. I say this even though the four comments on my blog are my own and two of them say "Test."

    Comment by JamesonLewis3rd — June 14, 2009 @ 2:28 am
  10. congrats! when am i going to "get over" the 115 point ceiling?

    Comment by Sam — June 14, 2009 @ 2:52 am
  11. I will try and help with another +!

    Comment by Chris — June 14, 2009 @ 4:21 am
  12. Great. Keep them coming, please.

    Comment by JimNordblom — June 14, 2009 @ 4:28 am
  13. added +1, too 😉

    Comment by march — June 14, 2009 @ 4:39 pm
  14. The plugin works fine here.

    For the criticism of ID support – well yeah, it is oft slow and sometimes people don't even get an answer. But ID is free, so I wonder, how much support we can demand really? Also, it seems to me, ID has a little to less working stuff, looking not only on support, but also on development and implementation of new features being significantly slower then over at DISQUS or JS-Kit….

    Comment by Thomas — June 14, 2009 @ 8:23 am
  15. Afraid that the admin page is still broke even with 2.2 so it's going to have to be switched off again. Such a shame that it was so easy for it to break it 😦

    Comment by nextread — June 14, 2009 @ 9:45 am
  16. I am still having that same problem to. I have to disable it to.

    Comment by gamesrule_0 — June 14, 2009 @ 9:16 pm
  17. Guys, try clearing your cache. Sometimes that fixes the issue.

    Comment by Chris — June 15, 2009 @ 3:50 am
  18. @nextread/@gamesrule_0, are you by any chance using WP Super Cache? I noticed it did something weird once time during a test install, but then as soon as I cleared its cache ID worked fine.

    If not, can you please let me know what version of WordPress you're using and what web browser?

    Comment by Beau Lebens — June 15, 2009 @ 4:18 pm
  19. Thanks that fixed the problem.

    Comment by gamesrule_0 — June 16, 2009 @ 8:23 pm
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    Comment by donnacha — June 14, 2009 @ 1:51 pm
  21. Personally, I don't understand why video commenting still doesn't have its own small icon and is not listed on the right hand side, above the text box, as an option along with Embed video, Add poll and emoticons. It is just bad UI to present it differently, as a line of text under the main "Post a new comment" line, adding unnecessary height to the overall area.

    To the casual user, a line starting with "Or", appearing under a much bigger "Post a new comment" suggests it is some sort of alternative to posting a comment, but it is simply another form of comment and should appear next to the other plugin option.

    Small issues like that, compared to the thought and research that has gone into other Automattic interfaces, make me hesitate on ID, even though the ID Plugins system is a genius idea with enormous potential.

    Comment by donnacha — June 14, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
  22. how to install the plugin on a WPMu ? I'd like a global installation = plugin available on all blogs.

    Comment by waagt — June 15, 2009 @ 11:51 am
  23. If you just install the plugin in the normal plugins directory, it will be *available* to all blogs, but not automatically enabled/set up. Because of the import process and initial setup, each blog will need to enable the plugin individually to get started (so you'll need to enable the plugins menu to allow this).

    We're continuing to improve our WPMU support, so we're looking at ways to be able to make it easier to enable globally.

    Comment by Beau Lebens — June 15, 2009 @ 4:20 pm
  24. After 2 days of use, this plugin really makes the comment interface within WordPress run a heck of a lot smoother, such as marking comments are spam (broken button fixed), quick moderation of comments on the admin home page, quicker load times.

    Well done IntenseDebate. 😀

    Comment by Chris — June 15, 2009 @ 5:10 pm
  25. We recently pushed a fix for the rep score issue, so your points should start accumulating again as you continue to comment. Let me know if it's still stuck next week.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — June 15, 2009 @ 5:10 pm
  26. After 2 days of use, this plugin really makes the comment interface within WordPress run a heck of a lot smoother, such as marking comments are spam (broken button fixed), quick moderation of comments on the admin home page, quicker load times.

    Well done IntenseDebate. 😀

    Comment by Chris — June 15, 2009 @ 5:11 pm
  27. Finishing up v2.2 took a bit longer than expected, and we didn't want to release a new version that would only cause further headaches. There will be better coordination in the future, especially as we continue to integrate with other Automattic projects (more info to come in the future…).

    Sorry for the trouble.

    Comment by Michael Koenig — June 16, 2009 @ 5:24 am
  28. Great plugin. I just installed it and am getting used to how it works. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but I'm getting there.

    Comment by 3sixtygroup — June 16, 2009 @ 2:13 pm
  29. I'm using the newest version of wordpress works pretty well, although some features could be added to make it easier for categories editing.

    Comment by Eva Moly — June 17, 2009 @ 2:51 am
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    Comment by neverno — June 17, 2009 @ 5:37 pm
  31. I still have problems with 2 way syncing. ID has my comments, wordpress doesn't. Thats really worrying for bloggers.

    Comment by Rahul Jauhari — June 17, 2009 @ 8:25 pm
  32. How can I translate this? It says on the features… :S

    Comment by JoaoJMC — June 28, 2009 @ 7:03 pm
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    Comment by sesli — July 10, 2009 @ 4:18 am
  34. Does the "user reputation" feature that I see on the above posted comments come with it Or is that another plugin?

    I also see that it was last update on 08/26/09. Was that to fix any other bugs or just to be compatible with the new WP?


    Comment by Camp USA — October 18, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

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