Moderate WordPress Comments from your Desktop

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.

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13 Responses to “Moderate WordPress Comments from your Desktop”

  1. Caroline@no debit card loans November 4, 2008 at 5:51 am #

    Can you moderate several different blogs from the same application? If so this would be a great time saving application.

  2. game-girl November 4, 2008 at 8:59 am #

    Great app! With a refresh rate of 5 minutes, Moderator helps me stay on top of comments in almost real-time!

    I’d like to see pop-up/sound notifications, as previously mentioned. I’d also like to see a more detailed comment description. It would help to know which comment goes with which post. 🙂

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  3. Madhur Kapoor November 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    THis is nice. Will make our job much easier

  4. Stephen@Jobs in China November 5, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    Another test to see if Akismet swallows my domain or just jobsinchina

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  5. Stephen@Jobs in China November 5, 2008 at 8:34 am #

    Last test to check if I’m out or it’s only jobsinchina that’s being punished
    K, sorry about the spam, this is driving me nuts!

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  6. Aaron@HR Software November 5, 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    Looks nice.. Now it means I have to learn Adobe AIR and start making cool apps like these.

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  7. archondigital November 6, 2008 at 2:51 am #

    This application is very convenient. It makes me think just how soon will someone produce a complete Adobe Air application to interact with and manage your entire WordPress admin.

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  8. Jon November 7, 2008 at 7:42 am #

    Nice feature. Very easy to work!

  9. Reckless Driving. Andrew. November 7, 2008 at 9:24 pm #

    I’d like to try this program, but I broke my AIR installation. For some reason, it won’t let me install anything, saying that an installation is already in progress. This cool app gives me a reason to try to fix it. 🙂

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  10. Fahad November 11, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    This little app has really caught my eye. I have seen a couple of blogs promote it so I guess its definitely a time saver. I will have to try it out.

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  11. Tracy - Massage Chair November 11, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    This is a nice feature that will make moderating the comments on my blog so much easier. Did anyone find out if it could be used on more than one blog?

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  12. cat November 13, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    Nice feature. Very easy to work!

  13. John Edwards November 13, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    Nice feature. Very easy to work!