Replying to a comment should approve it.
7) Replying comments:
If we click on the link reply to reply comments, it should automatically understand that the comment was approved. So, if I reply a comment waiting for approval, it should change the status as approved when submitting the reply.
Not necessarily. Someone might draft a reply but not be ready to post it (needing to check a fact or something), and might not want the original comment to be posted until the reply is finished.
Personally I find it annoying when replies need to approved, since I feel like if I'm replying then obviously I want it to appear, but the case for drafting a reply reminds me that people have different workflows.
I totally agree with janeforshort!
The quoted text appears to mention two events - clicking to start a reply, and submitting a reply.
Clearly the first event is inappropriate. And the second is only appropriate if the reply is not a draft, as Jane makes clear.
But what everyone seems to agree on (without actually saying so) is that the third event of *publishing* a nested reply should approve the parent comment.
It's open to interpretation which event the idea "Replying to a comment should approve it" actually refers to; people with different workflows may not have realised there is any difference, people who are focused on WordPress code may have assumed it was the most stupid event rather than stepping back and picking the event that would best achieve the desired result.
My rating is based on the assumption that it is the publishing event that should trigger approval.
Maybe comment replies need a draft status, which would hold them in moderation like the unapproved parent. So whether the parent comment was unapproved or approved, if you were still working on your reply, you could save it as being held for moderation until you were ready to go live with it.
That would separate the two issues.
If the idea is to make this the default with no optional setting, I'm opposed. In my view, the current method should be the default with your idea being an option in discussion settings.
i think other than reply there should be an option for reply and approve comment as well.. which should solve the issue.
Draft status would lose people.
If anyone wants to take a stab at patching this for 3.2, have at it: http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/15898
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