I have become a big fan of Adobe AIR applications these days. Daniel Dura has brought out an incredible Adobe AIR app that let’s you moderate your WordPress comments from your desktop.
I get behind on moderating comments sometimes because I have to get into the WordPress Dashboard to do it. WordPress 2.7 is supposed to have some commenting API’s that could make this the thing of the past.
But, until then Daniel Dura comes to our rescue with the Moderator Adobe AIR app + WordPress plugin combo.
Moderator lets you
- View comments in moderation queue
- Dock and system trat notifications of number of comments waiting
- Minimize the adobe AIR app to system tray
- Approve, delete or mark comment as spam within the AIR app
- Even shows Gravatar icon for the commentator (optional – turn this off if you have a huge moderation queue)
- Option to set checking interval
How to install Moderator?
Installation is very easy with Moderator. Just note that Moderator requires WordPress 2.6+ to work.
- Just install the WordPress plugin and activate it
- Go to settings page to download & install Moderator Adobe AIR app
Now, just fire up your Moderator Adobe AIR app to login and start moderating comments. Don’t you dig the clever logo?
Moderator is still in it’s early version and is a little bare bones at the moment in terms of features. But, with WordPress 2.7′s impending release this month Daniel promises support for WordPress 2.7 that might make the requirement of the WordPress plugin moot.
But, I like the roadmap for this project that promises features like
- Viewing unmoderated comments from multiple blogs
- Popup notification of incoming comments
- Support for WordPress 2.7′s comment moderation menthods
One suggestion I have is adding the title of the post the comment is for. Right now, I have to guess which post the commentator is talking about but atleast I can mark the spam ones easily but sometimes the comments are borderline spam without looking at the context.
I will be keeping an eye on this application as this seems to be one of a kind for WordPress. If you know of any other app that does this, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.