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  • Hello,

    I understand this ages old bug is never brought up because vast majority of WP installations are on small sites without heavy community participation. As a webmaster with a high traffic WP based site that gets on average one new comment per minute, I have been bothered by this quite serious bug for a while. Here’s what the problem is:

    If an abusive comment is made and admin removes it, the order of display of all comments in the post made after the deleted comment is disturb. In the admin area, comments made as replies to other comments show to have been made as a reply and show to which commenter, but on the actual post, they are displayed as a stand alone comment in random order. Basically, every single comment after a deleted one is misplaced, displayed in random order, and if it was a reply, it’s not “nested” within its parent comment.

    I may be the only one who experiences this because I get a lot of comments and a lot of abuse which requires removal of comments, but it’s still a serious bug that needs to be addressed. It has been ignored for many releases. Will it be addressed soon?

    If a developer wanted to see what exactly it does, I can show it to you on the live site. You will see in admin area that the comment is made as a reply to another comment and should be nested, but isn’t. Or that one comment was made later than others but is displayed before them. This once again only happens when there is a delete comment in the post. The deleted comment affects all subsequent comments made on that page, so it’s not that comments made as a reply to the deleted comment are misplaced. All made after the deleted one are.

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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    I think I know what you’re talking about, but I’m not sure anyone ever actually reported this as a bug in trac 🙂 Can you do so, since you’ve got a great explanation of it?

    Chris Olbekson


    Level 12 Bug Squasher & Forum Moderator

    Thanks for your report.
    Deleting a comment should not change the nesting of subsequent comments. Can you reproduce this error using one of the default themes with no plugins activated? This could be an issue with the way your theme handles nested comments. I’m going to see If I can reproduce the issue.

    Hello Chris,

    I’m using twenty eleven theme on the site where it occurs. I see it happen on a daily basis whereas if there are no deleted comments on a post, all nesting and sequence of comments are fine. But on posts in which a comment was deleted, I already know what exactly will happen. I also reply to comment myself so if I’m aware I have previously deleted a comment on the post, I know my replies will not be nested in their parent comment, although n admin area they will appear to have been made in a response to a correct comment.

    I have not tried to reproduce the bug on a default installation.


    I have never reported anything in trac and feel a little self conscious not being a developer and all. I would be willing to give it my best go though. Perhaps someone of your rank could give me a hand with it?

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    First of all, make a fresh install and see if you can reproduce it.

    Then make a clean note of exactly what steps are taken to reproduce it.

    Then post to trac those clear steps 🙂 You can log in with the same ID you use here.

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