Searching through my feeds today, I came across a very cool plugin/application combo. It’s called Moderator and was written by Daniel Dura. Moderator is a combination of a WordPress plugin and an Adobe Air Application. With the Adobe AIR app, you can:
- Viewing unmoderated comments.
- Dock and system tray notifications of the number of unmoderated comments.
- Accept, delete, and spam comments from within the desktop client.
- Close application window, or minimize it to the system tray while running.
- Shows the Gravatar icons for the user who posted the comment.
After installing and then activating the plugin, I installed the application. Installation went smoothly and now I have access to my comment moderation queue right from my desktop. An additional touch is that, my Windows taskbar now has an icon that mimics the comment moderation bubble graphic with a number that represents the amount of comments in the moderation queue. Pretty cool stuff.
For those of you that have hundreds of comments in your moderation queue, you may see some performance issues. However, Daniel explains that those will be fixed in the next version. Daniel will also modify the theme of the application to align it’s design with the WordPress 2.7 backend. Last but not least, as soon as 2.7 is released, the application will support the comment moderation methods that will be included. This should allow the App to run without installing a plugin.
Emails were covered for privacy reasons.
Considering the WordPress team is working on a comment API, I imagine that in the future, we’ll be able to reply to comments as well as moderating them from the desktop with this application. It will be interesting to see if Moderator evolves into something more than just a Moderation app.