resolving “comment-goes-to-admin-not-author” wp issue

by on November 12, 2008

We are planning the migration of our Movable-Type based websites to WordPress. While offering way nicer management interface and wealth of advanced controls, default WP installation still misses a few things that we took for granted in MT.

Here is the one: On our big websites that run on MT, such as Leap or OLT, we have multiple authors maintain number of posts and pages. Whenever there is a comment on any of these posts or pages, it should be directed to the author of the post for approval.

MT does this well, all the comments indeed go to the authors of the posts. WP however, redirects all the comments to the site admin (?!) with authors left in the dark about the new comments. Admin is usually the technical person who created the blog, without the clue what comments to approve. This makes management of the site very difficult as authors need to be able to respond to the comments in timely fashion.

Luckily we‘ve found Mark Ghosh’s extension that does exactly what we need: emails the comment to authors for approval. The extension is installed and working great at blogs.ubc.ca.