What? Not everyone likes and dislikes the same things that I do?
I tend to forget that my likes and dislikes are not the same as others’. I made the mistake of not offering an option on my site because it isn’t something that I would use. I’m not going to classify this as excessive pride. Instead, I’m going to look at it as caring about my own needs rather that the needs of my readers. And this is a mistake, potentially a big one.
Last week I discussed commentful, which I use for tracking comments that I leave on other sites. I asked what other people use to track comments. Both Scam and Trisha said that they like to subscribe to comments via email and use that feature when the plugin is installed.
Prior to those two comments, I did not have the Subscribe to Comments plugin installed. Why didn’t I? Because I don’t like to subscribe to comments and receive updates to comment thread’s via email. The couple of times I have subscribed the emails have annoyed me. But then, I don’t really like getting email (please don’t stop emailing me) :-) What I mean is that other than comment notifications for this site, emails from friends, colleagues, and family and some newsletters I don’t like email. I can’t keep up with it and I constantly have a number of unread messages staring at me that I know I should take care of.
Just because I don’t like subscribing to comments via email or receiving extra email does not mean that my readers feel the same way. I only received two comments, but 100% of the commenters said that this was their preferred method of keeping track of comments that they have left. I made the mistake of putting my needs before those of my readers.
As you can see below, Subscribe to Comments, has been added. Unfortunately, I am having a problem with the styling as I don’t like the way it looks by default. By installing and activating the plugin the feature was added in that location. The read me file for the plugin states the following:
Optional: if your WordPress theme doesn’t have the comment_form hook, or if you would like to manually determine where in your comments form the subscribe checkbox appears, enter this where you would like it: ?php show_subscription_checkbox(); ?
Unfortunately, when I tried that, I had two subscribe to comment checkboxes; one in the location shown below and the other where I placed the code. Either I am being dense or something is missing from the instructions. How can I use the code provided in the read me file and remove the default code added when the plugin is activated? Does anyone have advice on how I can style and place this the way that I want?
One plugin feature that I do like is the ‘Subscriptions’ area that is created in the Admin area of WordPress. It gives me this powerful spy like feeling of being able to see who has subscribed to the comments on my site ;-)
So, due to 100% demand, I have installed the plugin although it is not a feature that I use when commenting and I am still hopeful in locating some assistance with the styling of it.
photo credit: brianscott