@Julian No need to apologize to me, you were right and there isn't really another way for someone to "add code" to the project as the WordPress svn does not have a feature that would be equivalent to a github "pull request". I'm going to rectify that ASAP by following the lead of some other plugins and maintaining the "source" on github and thats where development happens and then use WordPress's SVN as release management only, since its mandatory svn be used if publishing to the WordPress Plugin Repository.
Also note that I was not clear, and actually still a bit fuzzy because frankly I just dont have the time to learn another Theme Frameworks API at the moment and was not even aware prior to this about what a "box" for Thesis was. Now I'm happy to add any changes that arise from fixing bugs or features that someone took the time to code and submit ( both the case in this thread it looks like ) but at the moment I guess I'm at a loss a little bit as to exactly where this box.php code should live, e.g. in the plugin or in the theme or is it just something custom per site. Mind you I have NOT read the docs linked above because of the mentioned time issue ( not ever enough ) so I'm hoping that Naeemnur or yourself can tell me exactly what needs to be added to the plugin if anything , as well as links to the API as to why ( I think that's covered already ) and then last a way to test it as I dont like making releases including code that I physically cannot test due to me not owning the theme, let alone any unit or functional testing that may come in down the road. Maybe there is a free developer copy license ? That would ease my mind about adding the code into the official plugin even though it is very little code and seems trivial, Ive seen lesser projects screw up much more and on a far larger scale, so really just trying to nip things in the bud now to save my sanity later. :)
That being said very little of that will affect users of the plugin in any meaningful way, its mostly just semantics and developer collaboration that will be streamlined. So indirectly users get a benefit but they need not worry about the details.
Now for the last point, what do you meam its not loading the WordPress comments, are we talking in this box.php or from the plugins/gplus-comments/templates/container.php you'll see that the WordPress tab looks for the comments in first theme root dir as comments.php and then includes/comments.php ... here is the relevant bit of code ...