Software Engineering in WordPress and Musings on the Deep Life

How To Find WordPress Comments That Are Missing Replies

A little less than two months ago, Pippin Williamson, Andrew Norcross, and I decided that we were going to collaborate on a WordPress comment reply plugin.

Specifically, we were going to work on a plugin that was going to make it easy for publishers to identify comments to which they’ve not responded. We also set the arbitrary deadline of having it completed by the end of WordCamp Miami.

We met the deadline, soft launched the plugin yesterday, and are officially launching it today.

WordPress Comment Reply Plugin: Comments Not Replied To

Comments Not Replied To

Straight from the plugin’s homepage:

“Comment’s Not Replied To” is a plugin that makes it easy to manage the comments on your blog, especially for those of you who have a significant amount of comments.

Simply put, “Comments Not Replied To” introduces a new area in the administrative dashboard that allows you to see what comments to which you – as the site author – have not yet replied.

In short, the plugin adds a column to the Comments dashboard that makes it really easy to identify if the given post’s author has replied to the comment.

WordPress Comment Reply Plugin

The WordPress Comments Dashboard with The Plugin Activated

If you’ve been around the blog enough, you know that this is what I call a “strong 1.0.” That is, it includes only the features that are needed to achieve the point of the plugin – nothing more, nothing less.

But that’s not to say that we aren’t all looking to improve it.

Contributing on GitHub

We’re maintaining all of the source code in a public GitHub repository where we’re actively maintaining issues, planning future features, and looking for contributions.

If you’re a developer and are looking to contribute to the plugin, be sure to open an issue or initiate a pull request.

Download The Plugin

For those of you who are looking to download and install the plugin, you can do so from the WordPress plugin repository, or from within the plugin’s dashboard in your installation of WordPress.

I’ll likely have more to share about this particular process in a future post, but for now, download the plugin, enjoy, and let us know what you think.


  1. Judith

    Great artісle, just what Ӏ was loοκing for.

  2. Agos

    I recently got this plugin and I love it so far! But is there a way to mark a comment that doesn’t need a reply? I have pingbacks clogging my missing reply list :(

    • Tom

      Right now, there’s not. This is a plugin that we just work on in our free time (which, right now, has been next to nil given some of our own external projects and growing families :) but we’ve not forgotten about it!

  3. Lyn Burg

    Is there a way yet to mark a comment that doesn’t need a reply? Great plugin, but that feature would REALLY help!

    • Tom

      Unfortunately, no. The plugin was a quick side project for some friends and me. It’s not being ignored, but development is usually relegated to bugs that people report regarding it.

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