On occasion, I will think of a neat plugin that can be used for one of my websites that uses WordPress, and when I search for the idea, I usually find an existing plugin to use. Last week, I thought of a plugin idea, and I could not find one available, so I thought I would blog about the idea.
On websites like Reddit, they have what are called “shadow bans.” In short, a shadowban is a type of ban that the banned user isn’t aware of. The user can continue posting comments and links that appear to be public, but they are only visible to the user.
I thought it would be interesting if there was a WordPress shadow comment plugin that allowed publishers to make a comment visible to the commenter on future visits, but the comment would not be visible to anyone else. The reason is because sometimes people make incendiary comments on blogs and websites, and by not publishing the comment, the publisher could come under fire from the user. In the case of a domain blog, there are often spammy (unrelated sale) comments, and it’s annoying to see them and then have to explain why the comment was not approved.
If there was a shadow comment plugin available, the publisher could avoid confrontations with commenters whose comments are not appropriate or deemed spammy.
I don’t know much about WordPress plugins or how difficult they are to create and manage, and I don’t have an interest in spending the money to create a plugin of this nature built for my blog because I deal with this very infrequently. However, perhaps there is someone in that space who might like the idea and want to run with it.
Do you think this is a good idea and would you like to see it implemented on your favorite blogs?