The backend of WordPress has a set of tools to help administrators moderate comments, but what if you could bring some of those tools to the frontend? Developed by Foliovision, Thoughtful Comments is compatible with Jetpack Comments and adds the following links to comments on the frontend of WordPress:
- Delete Thread
- Delete and Ban IP
- Delete Thread and Ban IP
Usernames highlighted in red indicate a comment that’s in the moderation queue. You can either approve, delete, or delete and ban the IP address of moderated comments. It’s important to note that deleted comments are sent to the trash instead of being removed completely from WordPress. For this reason, I think the Delete link should be renamed to Trash so its function makes more sense.
You can also delete entire threads.
Editing posts, administering comments, and managing a site from the frontend is a huge time saver. With certain aspects of WordPress making their way to the frontend, I wouldn’t be surprised if one day, the features within Thoughtful Comments end up in core. In the future, I think users will expect to be able to accomplish specific tasks like these without having to browse through clunky administration screens.
Thoughtful Comments is compatible with WordPress 4.1 and available from the WordPress plugin directory.