Is this a known issue with the Discourse plugin? Is it just my Wordpress install? Please let me know. Thanks!
(The same reader also lamented that the Spoiler Plugin on Discourse doesn’t translate over to Wordpress and that it’s not clear what comments are replies to what, but I don’t know if anything can be done about the former, and I know the latter is already on your radar. )
A possible downside to using embedded comments is that it could lead to increased pageviews on the Discourse site. Unless something has recently changed, each pageview on the blog site that contains embedded comments will count as a pageview on Discourse.
There’s a reason we consistently say “Discourse does not work in an <iframe> and was never intended to.”
Adding functionality to our embed code is a separate issue. I don’t think we should be trying to recreate Discourse functionality in the iframe. There are two separate problems I’d like to solve. The first is dealing with replies to comments. The second is dealing with displaying spoilers, polls, dates etc.
Howdy Simon! Thank you for the quick reply. I do think it might make sense to add that list-style suggestion to the plugin’s style sheet, but since @codinghorror pointed out that this might not be your beer and I’m comfortable editing my CSS, is there a way to just target the change you suggested to the Discourse plugin styling? I wouldn’t want to make that change site-wide, since the current behavior makes sense everywhere else.
It certainly was not the behavior I expected or what I’m looking for. I really do want to be able to show all the comments from Discourse about a page over at my site on that page. And I especially want to show that there are lively interactions between readers (i.e. replies), as lively as what has been and is currently possible as with Disqus on my Wordpress site on the page itself.
If I’m understanding correctly, I think something like that might be in the ballpark. Looking at that example, it’s not immediately clear to me what is a reply to what, but it does feel more slick. Part of that is CSS styling, I’d imagine, but the more functional (and understandable and attractive) the Discourse comments appear, the more likely my readers are to take Discourse seriously and give it a try.
Let me be clear: I am not looking for the functionality of Discourse to be embedded on my Wordpress site. It can be a static representation with links to my Discourse install. But when folks can’t even quickly understand who is commenting to whom, they are less likely to even bother clicking over.
As I’ve said before, I think this is a great plugin, so hopefully this doesn’t feel like a complaint. But the more it can depict (even in a static way) how awesome and functional Discourse is, the more likely my readers are to give Discourse a shot. Ditto for how easy the Discourse convos are to parse.