One thing I like about other blogging platforms is the feature to subscribe to follow-up comments. It’s either a core feature (like ExpressionEngine, they have a nice new site, btw) or via a plugin (like WordPress). I haven’t found a plugin for Textpattern that is capable of that, yet. I wonder why?
I know there is a plugin for comment feeds but to subscribe to a feed just to follow the conversation is not an option for me.
However, there are tools out there that can track your conversations. The two most popular are:
- coComment keeps track of all the online conversations you’re following in one convenient place, and informs you whenever something is added to a conversation. You can share your conversations on your blog or explore what other members have to say.
- co.mments tracks new comments for you, so you don’t miss out. You can see all the new comments from your tracking page, subscribe to a feed, or get alerted by email.
While coComment is more community orientated co.mments is very simple and elegant. I like co.mments even more for the option to alert me via email, either once a day or immediately when somebody has replied to my comment.
Another alternative is to save the article you have commented on to a social bookmarking service like del.icio.us and tag it with, let’s say, mycomments. But this would mean that you have to visit those pages again and again to check if there are new comments.