I have been using WordPress for years and it works but by now I would expect a mature product. Instead we still have “features” like displaying newest comments at the tops of pages unavailable. Really. I thought this was a bug because there is an option in the Dashboard/Settings/Discussion settings for newest first but it does not work. When I reported this to WordPress.com I was informed to get help from WordPress.org where I see this has been a problem for years and no solution exists except to install plugins that may or may not work depending on “theme” and editing PHP. Apparently, WP is not amenable to fixing. I tried two different plugins and could not get it straightened out. My son may look at the PHP to figure out what’s wrong. I even turned off caching to no avail. I looked around for other packages. Potentially,
- DotClear, a package in the Debian Repository and trivial to install,
- Geeklog, used by GROKLAW,
- Google’s Blogger, not FLOSS, and not amenable to importing our massive data
I installed DotClear on Beast in a few minutes and had no problem getting comments in the proper order. It can be installed on our server and import WP content directly from the database. It would be a bit of work but it could be done.
Another issue is spam. It seems WP just loves spam. Akismet which worked well for years no longer is very effective. I may have to create accounts for worthy users to permit comments.
What say you?