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How to turn Triberr into the best commenting system for WordPress

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I have written about my quest to find the perfect commenting system for wordpress before, and even though I am very satisfied with what I’ve already got, I would like to see a few new features. I am using the default commenting system with CommentLuv PremiumΒ (aff. link), and it works great, but I want to be able to tag people.

There are two reasons why I want to be able to tag people inside the comments. First, I want to be able to reply to one comment and tag a person who have already commented in the comments, but not on the comment I am replying to. This way, every comment on a post can be part of the same discussion. But, I don’t want people to have to subscribe to all the comments, because many of the comments might not be interesting or relevant. The second reason I want to be able to tag people inside the comments is that I want to be able to send the comments and the post to my friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus. This way, I can write a comment and say that @wonderoftech can answer this a lot better than me, and Carolyn will show up with the answer. I will be able to bring people in to the blog post from social media to be part of the conversation.

Why Triberr

I want to thank Dino Dogan for turning my blogging into a fantastic journey. Thanks to Dino (and Dan) and their Triberr, I have met so many brilliant people, and I have received more support than I had ever dreamed of. And I can’t express with words how greatful I am for what Dino and Dan has done for me. Triberr is completely free. But, I have decided to upgrade to a paid version fairly soon. I want to give them my support, because what Dino and Dan has created is just amazing. The community of people helping other people is close to unbelievable.

And, this is exactly why I want to start using the Triberr commenting system. It’s already one of the best systems. It’s very easy to use, and very powerful. For instance, as a member of Triberr, we can reblog the posts of other members. When we reblog the posts, and if we are using the Triberr commenting system, we get all the comments included in the post on our site. This way, there will always be one conversation only, and we can keep it alive on multiple sites.

What Triberr commenting should be like

I really want to make the switch, and here are some of the features I would like to see, before I make the switch.

I need a commenting system that allows guests (first time readers) to comment. And it should be very easy to add the comment. Right now, as far as I can see, the only way for a guest to publish a comment is by signing in via Twitter. I want everybody, regardless if the person has a Twitter account or not, to be able to publish a comment.

A very important part of comments is that they are part of a conversation. In order for the comments to be part of the conversation, we need to be able to get an email (a notification) every time someone replies to our comments. I am not sure how Triberr handles this right now, it might be already integrated. An important part of the settings is that we should not receive notifications on all new comments (it should be an option).

Like I said earlier, tagging is very important to me. When we log in to Triberr, Twitter, or Facebook (or whatever), we should be able to tag the people we are friends with inside the comments. And, we should also be able to tag the people who have already published a comment. This way it would be a lot easier to get an active conversation. I have no idea how difficult this is to create. I am just saying what type of features I would love to see.

I have been using CommentLuv Premium for a long time, and it’s one of the best investments I have made for my blog. I would really like to be able to add a link to one of my blog posts as part of my comments when I comment with Triberr. This helps a lot when it comes to driving traffic back to my sites, and I am looking at the stats inside CommentLuv Premium on a weekly basis, and I get a lot of extra visitors from the blog posts I have been commenting on.

Finally, I want Triberr to handle spam effectively. I have no idea how Triberr handles spam today, but I know this, before I started using CommentLuv Premium, I had a really hard time getting rid of spam. It took me a long time every single day just to delete spam from my blog. After I installed the plugin, I hardly see any spam comments anymore.

Your turn

That was the features I would love to see for the new Triberr commenting system. Let’s discuss it. What type of features are you looking for?



36 responses to “How to turn Triberr into the best commenting system for WordPress”

  1. Great points, Mr Berget. I would love to support Dino too, because he’s cool like that, but I’m still not quite ready. I’m still in the dark ages with my standard WP commenting system and Comment Luv’s free version, but I’m fine for now πŸ™‚ I’m also not crazy about landing on a blog and seeing say, Disqus and Triberr together. What do you think about that? I’ve seen more than a few start to implement Facebook’s commenting system too.

    • That’s exactly my point. I don’t want to be using Disqus and Triberr together or two other systems. I want to use one system only. And keep everything neat and clean on my blog. I have seen that many are using Facebook’s commenting system, especially in Norway. I am sure that it works, but I don’t want my readers to have to be using Facebook in order to comment. I want it to be as easy as possible to comment, and that they can do it without having to be a member of a social media service.

  2. Ben says:

    Hi Jens,

    Some great suggestions here. Guest commenting is probably the biggest one for me. After that, if I did use the Triberr commenting system, I would need a WordPress management screen for all of the comments posted to my blog via Triberr. Plus, I already know there’s a bug with the Triberr plugin for multi-author blogs (I talked to Dan about it just the other day). So that would need to be addressed.

    Honestly though, I’m not keen on using third party commenting systems on my own blogs, though I’m quite happy to comment on other blogs that have them. The possibility of having more than one way to comment on a post is something I’ve seen on quite a few blogs recently, and I do find it rather annoying. Amongst other things, I imagine it would affect the number of comments displayed against each post. e.g. 10 comments posted via FB plus 10 comments posted via Triberr should equal 20 total comments, but I bet WordPress doesn’t say that πŸ™‚

    • I didn’t think about this Ben, but I sure would need a way to manage the comments. Like right now, when I am replying to your comment from inside the admin area of WordPress. It’s so much easier than to remember all the various blog posts that received new comments. And like you, I only want one way to comment on my blog.

  3. Tim Bonner says:

    Hey Jens

    I have to be honest. I find Triberr to be a real turn-off. I log in whenever I can and share stuff but I don’t really read everything because I don’t have time. I feel like I have an obligation to share though.

    Maybe I’ve just not delved into it enough. I’m not keen on any commenting system where you have to sign in though. It puts people off.

    • Brian Meeks says:

      Tim makes a good point. It is hard to keep up with everyone on Triberr. I’ve been falling down this year as I hustled to finish a novel I wanted to enter in the Amazon contest. It took all my time and I didn’t read many blogs. It made me feel badly about letting people down. That being said, I’ve found a lot of great posts that I might have missed, had it not been for Triberr saving them for me.

      On the whole, I still love Triberr and now that I have more time to get caught up, I think I’ll stop suffering TGS (Triberr Guilt Syndrome).

      • I absolutely agree with both Tim and you Brian. What I have done is that I have set Triberr to a daily to-do task for me. This way, I am always starting the day with 15 minutes of Triberr, where I approve the posts I want my followers to read, and I add the best ones to Pocket (for reading). This way it doesn’t take me much time.

        But, Triberr is just one out of many things on my to-do list πŸ™‚

    • I understand the time issue Tim. I have the same problem.

      I am hoping that Dan and Dino will create a new system where we don’t have to sign in to post, but if we sign in we get lots of advanced features.

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi Jens, I love Comment Luv premium, had it about 6 months, great on the spam and I love Triberr. I have really ramped it up there and have many more comments on my blog because of Triberr. If I can monetize more this year I would pay the $10 a month for their premium service. It takes time to develop on Triberr and many people don’t take that time. I would say it took me at least 6 months to get in over 20 tribes and find it very useful. It’s great to meet other bloggers too.
    I agree, I don’t like Facebook comments. Why do you think some use that on their blogs?

    • That’s exactly what I have been experiencing too Lisa. I wouldn’t have as much traffic or comments if I didn’t use Triberr, and I have met so many brilliant people because of Triberr.

      I believe the reason why so many people are using Facebook comments is that they understand that close to everybody is using Facebook, and are logged in to Facebook while they are reading their blog post. This way it might be easier to get them to comment, and when they comment it may spread and get more traffic to the blog.

  5. Dan Cristo says:

    So I’ve got some good news for you, Jens… We plan on making the Triberr Comment System a major focus this year.

    At the moment we’re in the middle of a big redesign for the site. It’s going to be amazing, and it should be ready in a month or two. After that the focus shifts to redesigning the plugin to include all the changes you mentioned.

    We’ll pull you in for early testing of the new version when it’s ready if you like.

  6. Dino Dogan says:

    Hi Jens,

    Thnx for the kind words, and thank you for taking the time to consider what it would take to make Triberr’s comment system the bestest comment system ever πŸ™‚

    As Dan mentioned, comment system will get a lot of love this year. 2012 was the year of innovation, 2013 will be the year of putting some spit shine on it and making things smooth, pretty, and intuitive.

    Many of your suggestions will certainly be incorporated into the new feature set πŸ™‚

    Not so sure about anonymous commenting tho…it invites spam, but I guess we could make it an option that can be turned on.

    Anyways…thnx again. You rock πŸ™‚

    • I can’t wait for your new commenting system Dino. I am sure it will be the bestest comment system ever πŸ™‚

      I understand that anonymous commenting invites a lot of spam, and I am actually not sure if I need it. But, I know that many of my friends would like to comment, and they’re not bloggers. But I guess as long as they can comment using their Facebook profile, it would be ok.

  7. Bill Dorman says:

    Other than me, what other brilliant people have you met?

    I would like to be able to put my witty attachment to the tweet but putting it in the stream; not having to post it right away. I haven’t figured out a way to do that.

  8. Carolyn says:

    Hi Jens, First, thanks for the shoutout!

    Second, I read this article a couple of days ago and have been pondering it since then. I agree with you 100%. I don’t want a third party commenting system that requires people to register. Livefyre and Disqus are a nightmare when commenting from my iPad, which I do frequently. Most of my readers aren’t tech-savvy so I need to keep commenting as simple as possible.

    It seems to me that you are almost there with the basic WP commenting + CommentLuv. You should suggest to Andy that you would like the ability to tag people in comments to let them know when they are mentioned. A few months ago Adrienne requested an improvement to CommentLuv and Andy upgraded the plugin to add her requested feature within a week!

    But what I’ve been pondering is whether tagging someone could eventually be considered spammy. Poor Bill Dorman is mentioned frequently on many blogs. Adrienne too. Would they then feel obligated to visit every site where they were mentioned? What netiquette would develop regarding comment tagging? Would people be able to block being tagged or remove tags as they do with Facebook images?

    What are your thoughts on this, Jens? I love your idea of tagging, but I’m just thinking through how it would all work…

    • I’m sorry about the late reply Carolyn. I actually didn’t think about the spam issue. You’re right, a lot of people could start using it to spam. On the other hand, they’ll be spamming their friends, and this way, they’ll probably won’t stay friends with them for a long time πŸ™‚

      You’ve got some very interesting questions, and I need to think more about them before I can answer them. I didn’t think through this, but some sort of tagging would be great πŸ™‚

  9. Khaja moin says:

    Hi Jens,
    Awesome post!
    Well I never got an idea about it. But I get frustrated when am notified about someone`s comment on the post. May this feature of Triberr can help in many ways.

    Thanks for the sharing this awesome commenting system.
    ~@Khajamoin1

  10. Purnima says:

    Hey Jens .
    Great and enlightening suggestion I must say . I have used Commentluv free version for quiet a long time and then switched over to the premium version and was quiet content with the results . However Triberr seems quiet promising . Feel convinced to give it a try .

  11. Pankaj says:

    CommentLuv plugin is so popular because it helps you to show your latest blog posts while leaving valuable comment. It helps both commenter and blog owner.

  12. rahul says:

    nice post…i got a lot of information about wordpress and the commenting process from the post…thanks for sharing the post…

  13. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    Sorry I’m late to this party but boy do I have something to share about this.

    For one, I hate the commenting systems that you have to log into in order to either see your gravitar or read their replies. I don’t want to sign up for one more darn thing unless I’m using it. I certainly don’t want my commenters to have to sign up with any service either and not even be a member of Triberr to comment. Of course I would highly recommend it because we all know how much Triberr rocks and I would love to continue to promote Dan and Dino.

    I read Carolyn’s comment and I have to agree about the tagging. If I were mentioned in a comment because someone tagged me then that can start happening just to get me to show up and man, like I’m not busy enough as it is. Not that I don’t want to be a part of the conversation but I can see where people could start doing it just to get you to comment on their blog. Let’s face it, there are those people ya know.

    I do love my CommentLuv Premium and yes, I did suggest the ReplyMe plug-in be added to CLP but it took more then a week for Andy to implement that. He actually had to research the CANSPAM laws to make sure he was doing the right thing. But he is open to suggestions on improving it and so are Dan and Dino so I applaud them all for taking our suggestions into consideration. We’re all here to continue supporting them.

    I’ll be anxious to see what improvements the guys come up with. For now I’m sticking with old faithful because it works just fine for me. I’m excited though.

    Thanks for bringing this conversation up Jens.

    ~Adrienne

  14. Jen – I have been quite happy with the CommentLuv plugin so far. Yes, if Andy can add in the “tagging” feature it would make it more useful as you have rightly mentioned. It makes a lot of sense when writing comments to tag other commenters to start and keep the discussions going.

    I am not sure if triberr would be the best alternative though…never been very comfortable with it, dont know why…maybe needs more of my time πŸ™‚

    • I am looking forward to what Dino and Dan are developing with their Triberr commenting system, but like you said, I am very pleased with CommentLuv Premium as well. I would love tagging, but I haven’t thought it through when it comes to spamming and how to prevent it.

  15. Cararta says:

    Not so Techie myself….maybe Andy can add it as an option,
    Agree with Adrienne, time is valuable so the followup might not be worth it!
    Also agree it is a pain if not signed into twitter or facebook to sign in to share or send a link…..
    Lazy? Not sure! Think I might have other things I need to do!

  16. Thanks for sharing such a valuable information. It’s really amazing.
    nice sharing it is helpful for fresher blogger.
    keep sharing.

  17. This Triberr comment system is new for me. At this time I am using simple WordPress Comment system on my blog. Thanks for this useful information.

  18. Ajen says:

    Integrating the blog commenting system across various social media platforms is sooo needed. All I can say is, “Thank you!” for putting it out there. I am glad that Dan and Dino responded by sharing what they have cooking behind the scenes. I am looking forward to new commenting system.

    • I’m looking forward to the new commenting system from Triberr. I’m currently testing G+ comments, and I really like it. But, I want one system that covers everything. It might be too much to ask for, but I think Dino and Dan will create the best system ever πŸ™‚

  19. Ajen says:

    In regards to having the comments to be cross over various platforms, you are certainly not alone; however integrating with G+ is awesome. Have at least a commentluv-ish function for non-tribal bloggers would have the makings of a winner in my book. In any case, I guess for Dino and Dan, it is a matter of programming (which is a welcomed challenge for them I am sure) and politics (let’s face it, some of those SM sites are divas). What they have created and evolved so far demonstrates their perseverance. The fact that they are responsiveness to the users tells me so.

    At some point today, I will have to formulate a concise question on how to format the Triberr comment section for my blog. I do not use it because it does not show up properly (the bio is “hidden”), the share buttons are nonuniform/ugly (I like how the “Flare” plugin works) and the Triberr logo shouts above the general fonts on my blog (although that Google box above sure does look promising)… Hey, it does not hurt to ask. …the answers and solutions are out there. …they will come when the time is right.

    This thread inspires loads of ideas…

    Have a lovely weekend!

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