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Separating Comments and Trackbacks

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Some habits are hard to break. In the MT world – comments and trackbacks are different animals. Maybe just because I'm used to it that way – but that's the way I prefer it. A trackback/pingback isn't a complete thought. Comments (usually) are. When reading the comments section, I find it disrupting to see a trackback in the middle of the discussion. When I'm ready to leave the site and read another opinion, I will.

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Ok, I'll get off the soapbox now. Greg asked me how I separated the comments and trackbacks on this site. Here's how:

Add the following function to your my-hacks.php file (See more information on how to use my-hacks.php here – link via Carthik) :

function return_comment_type($commenttxt = 'Comment', $trackbacktxt = 'Trackback', $pingbacktxt = 'Pingback') {
global $comment;
if (preg_match('|<trackback />|', $comment->comment_content))
return $trackbacktxt;
elseif (preg_match('|<pingback />|', $comment->comment_content))
return $pingbacktxt;
else
return $commenttxt;
}

And here's how you'll use it…

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In wp-comments.php – this is what I have (edit for your own use as neccessary)

<?php if ($comments) { ?>
<?php
$cmts = 0;
$trkbks = 0;
?>
<p><b>:: Trackbacks/Pingbacks :: </b></p>
<ol>
<?php foreach ($comments as $comment) { ?>
<?php if (return_comment_type() != "Comment") { ?>
<?php $trkbks++; ?>
<a name="comment-<?php comment_ID() ?>"></a>
<li><?php comment_text() ?>
<p><?php comment_type(); ?> <?php _e("by"); ?> <?php comment_author_link() ?> — <?php comment_date() ?> <?php comment_time() ?> | <a href="#comment-<?php comment_ID() ?>">permalink</a></cite> <?php edit_comment_link(__("Edit This"), ' |'); ?></p>
<br />
</li>
<?php } ?>
<?php } // end for each comment ?>
</ol>
<?php if($trkbks <= 0) { ?>
<p>No Trackbacks/Pingbacks</p>
<?php } ?>
<p><b>:: Comments :: </b></p>
<ol>
<?php foreach ($comments as $comment) { ?>
<?php if (return_comment_type() == "Comment") { ?>
<?php $cmts++; ?>
<a name="comment-<?php comment_ID() ?>"></a>
<?php
// this is actually the "important" comment highlightling
$isImportant = false;
if (stristr($comment->comment_content, "<!–important–>")) {
$isImportant = true;
} ?>
<li>
<?php if($isImportant) { echo '<div class="importantcomment">';} ?>
<?php comment_text() ?>
<p><?php comment_type(); ?> <?php _e("by"); ?> <?php comment_author_link() ?> — <?php comment_date() ?> <?php comment_time() ?> | <a href="#comment-<?php comment_ID() ?>">permalink</a> <?php edit_comment_link(__("Edit This"), ' |'); ?></p>
<?php if($isImportant) { echo '</div>';} ?>
<br />
</li>
<?php } ?>
<?php } // end for each comment ?>
</ol>
<?php if($cmts <= 0) { ?>
<p>No comments</p>
<?php } ?>
<?php } else { // this is displayed if there are no comments so far ?>
<p><?php _e("No comments yet."); ?></p>
<?php } ?>

I should add that I'm not making any guarantees that this code will validate – feel free to edit for your own purpose.

(Updated to add: I'll probably want to combine this with this plugin I just found (via WxGal) which will give you a separate count for trackbacks and comments)

Post last updated: 6/22/04 9:27pm

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11 | Greg

June 21st, 2004 at 11:43 pm

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Thanks so much. It worked perfectly. I agree with you on the comments/trackbacks thing. I want them separated also. It's disruptive to see trackbacks mixed into the comments… so thanks again for helping me out with this.

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June 22nd, 2004 at 2:48 am

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ScriptyGoddess To The Rescue…
This is what I love about open source projects… great people willing to lend a hand to get things done.

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June 22nd, 2004 at 5:41 pm

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Trackback popup plugin
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June 23rd, 2004 at 2:23 am

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Do you need to separate your comments from your trackbacks? This hack from Scriptygoddess will do just that. Now you can have your trackbacks listed first and then your comments.

15 | typedby.com

July 2nd, 2004 at 7:15 pm

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Separating Comments and Trackbacks
I wanted to separate comments and trackbacks in individual entry posts. Not that a lot of people trackback to this site, but just in case someone did I didn't want it to get lost amongst the comments. So I found this hack at the Scriptygoddess site….

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July 7th, 2004 at 8:01 pm

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Various WordPress Links
Rather than ping ScriptyGoddess multiple times and clog my sideblog with even more WordPress links, I decided to plop 'em all here. I'm going to give WordPress a try again on my course website, since there are various hacks that…

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August 12th, 2004 at 2:24 am

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Mini Update
I redid how comments are displayed. There is now a nice clean display of the comments, so it's much easier to read. I used a nice little hack by scriptygoddess to separate the comments and trackbacks. So what are you waiting for? Comment away!

18 | Chad Evans

August 18th, 2004 at 5:31 pm

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Jennifer,

From what you add in wp-comments.php, does this over-ride the original wp-comments.php or is this an addition?

19 | Chad Evans

August 18th, 2004 at 6:17 pm

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nm, got it

20 | Rippleweb

August 19th, 2004 at 11:50 am

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I Took The Plunge
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21 | William Meisheid

October 12th, 2004 at 12:58 pm

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I have the same question as Chad since I don't know enough about programming…

What do I replace in wp-comments.php with what you have here? All or after the line?

Also, does each hack added in my-hacks.php begin and end with its own < ?php ?> set?

Thanks in advance

22 | William Meisheid

October 12th, 2004 at 1:00 pm

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