Provides a configurable limit on the length of comments left in the comment form, with a dynamically updated character count displayed for the user.
NOTE: Please do NOT use the WordPress forums to seek support for this plugin. Support for GCLL is handled on our own site.
This plugin provides a configurable limit on the length of comments left in the comment form, with a character countdown displayed for the user and dynamically updated with each keypress.
Most of us welcome comments on our blog posts, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we -- or our readers -- like to see comments reaching into thousands of words. Readers may be discouraged from commenting themselves (or reading comments at all) when they see very long entries left by others, and during times of high load, the significant performance overheads associated with retrieving and displaying long comments can slow even the speediest dedicated servers.
From the perspective of SEO (search engine optimization), very long comments also dilute the impact of the author's original post by relegating it to a small proportion of the overall content available on the page. For advanced SEO capabilities, see Greg's High Performance SEO Plugin.
The primary approach to limiting the total volume of comment material displayed on a page has long been to break up comments across several pages -- either via a plugin or now with the built-in paged comment feature introduced in WordPress 2.7.
For coders, the plugin provides additional configuration options via direct calls.