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Spectacu.la Discussion

Spectacu.la Discussion adds threaded commenting with live AJAX comments to almost any WordPress Theme.


  • Fixed: During the find process the action_id was always zero and not the ID of the last action that was retrieved. This meant that you would grab all rows since your last page load time. Not a huge problem but it did mean somethings were being done more than once which caused problems from the front end moderation and deletes.
  • Changed: The link on the admin page pointed to something that no longer exists and hasn't existed in a long time.
  • Fixed: Typo in function name, it was consistent throughout the code so wasn't a problem but it was ugly.


  • Fixed problems with SSL URLs.
  • Added caching to the Ajax update requests if you a caching plug-in installed.
  • Added front end moderation.


  • Fixed issue with approve/delete/spam buttons on recently loaded comments.
  • Minified the JS again.


  • Fixed a bug on some sites with certain versions of jQuery that prevented the comment ID being sent correctly
  • Added further validation checks


  • Added frontend moderation tools for Live Discussion
  • Added a Comment Moderator role, same privilledges as a subscriber, but with the additional ability to approve/spam/trash comments


  • The default options are now passed through a filter


  • Added a check to see if the current post_type supports comments and that comments are open before adding the JS. Fixed JS issue with the disabled attribute on the submit button.


  • Added new version of the Japanese translation which covers the three missing string. Fixed issue with the stylesheet selection dropdown not remembering your choice if you picked "disabled". Fixed issue with CSS in latest Opera.


  • Added two filters to control the avatar size for those that want or need to roll their own layout. The filters are spec_avatar_size_large and spec_avatar_size_small.


  • Adding Japanese translation provided by - Chestnut http://staff.blog.bng.net Fixed some missing translation domains from 2 elements of code and added translation wrapper around the credit link. Added a few actions to the comment form area to allow easier insertion of code via plug-ins. Actions are as follows: 'before_comment_respond', 'after_comment_respond', 'before_comment_form', 'comment_form_start' and 'after_comment_form'.


  • Fix for the autogrow text jQuery to cope with textareas that area hidden at start up. Previously they would have a width of 0px that would result in endless newlines.


  • Added option to override the global option for auto comment update on a post by post basis. Added option to remove the link button from each comment. Added a new quote button to each comment that lets you quickly cite another comment in the discussion. There is also the option to disable it should you not want it. Added a new floating quote thingy that should, if set up right, pop up a floating button next to any text selection in the post body. You'll need to know the class or ID of your post content to set this up. Numerous fixes.


  • Development release


  • Added an option to remove the avatar in the comment form. Added an option to set a title for the comment form. Added some script to allow highlight of new comments as they arrive and also styled up the two default styles to make use of the new class and icon. Changed the exclamation icon to a GPL compatible one from http://19eighty7.com/icons


  • There is now a completely new theme for the comments which has been updated for both the dark an light versions and should work with more themes. Comments are now ajaxed for both submit and update. You have control over update frequency and the code will respect your choices for comment order depth and all the other settings in the discussion area of the settings. Made sure it works with all versions of WP from 2.7 up, including WP 3.0. New stylesheet handling code that allows us to add more styles quickly. You can now add stylesheet to your theme/child theme directory and that'll be picked up by the plug-in and offered as an option on the plug-in's admin page.


  • Moved the javascript to the footer and removed an unneeded script.


  • Added the reply link text to the translation fields for this plug-in rather than use WP's own reply to make it a little easier for people to translate every element.


  • Very minor fix for ie6. Seems I was a little over zealous trying to fix a hasLayout bug. Should be good now.


  • Initial release.


  • Internal version.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.8.17
Last Updated: 3 years ago
Active Installs: 600+


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