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Citing rather than commenting on wordpress articles

Last updated on October 5, 2019

Description of a way of having a discussion via blogs and not via comments in blogs.

Authoring Initial Article

User authors and posts an article to WordPress.

Reading & Citing

Reader reads the article and wants to make a comment so the reader selects and copies the text which should be commented on (a WordPress plugin adds author name to the copy automatically and also anchor tags for paragraph level addressing for better linking and link analysis and other views in the future as well as for following the link now) and the user pastes it into a word processor like Liquid | Author or a web page WordPress authoring page and the paste appears as a complete citation. In Author specifically this means cmd-v pastes as a citation formatted as shown below, without showing the dialog box or asking for author name (if the user clicks on this citation though, the citation dialog box will show):

“Reader applications can also send non-visible-meta PDFs to a server, such as Scholarcy to have the Visible-Meta extracted and appended.”
Raine Revere

The formatting is important since it shows the full URL (minus http:// or http://www or www since they are not necessary) so the link will always be visible and active. If the clipboard does not have the author’s name then just the URL will show:

“Reader applications can also send non-visible-meta PDFs to a server, such as Scholarcy to have the Visible-Meta extracted and appended.”

Use Flow

The user can keep copying relevant bits of the article to cite and build a new post in an editing environment of their choosing, not just a little tag at the end of the article.


A missing part of this is also how the pingback appears in the original/cited article. This is what we have by default (in my current theme), with one comment in the thread:

We need to design a list where useful information appears.

PingBack Design

Constraints include the fact that this may also be used by very famous people or groups so that a vast amount of pingbacks may result. The primary use case is for small groups though.

The pingbacks should include the name of the author if available and that is an issue for a plugin to help make available.

I also wonder if we could build a plugin so that the author of the original post could be notified via email when someone replies? But I guess the admin would get emails about pingbacks anyway.

It would be useful if at the end of the cited article it said something like this format:

If there is no known name, then:

Not random weird nonsense shown in the current default.

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