This morning I was talking to my beloved J.M. Dodd (the Empire's long-suffering web developer) about our plans for the LIKE/FLAG plugin she's going to be developing for the Empire.
We need one simple, elegant tool that:
- Allows Empire blog readers to click "THIS!" on comments they agree with (we've been using a plugin that does this, but it's never been a great tool, and it's terribly bloated — it can do 50 weird things poorly, but can't quite do the one thing we need correctly)
- Allows Tribe members to "heart" journal entries, comments, forum topics, and replies they like
- Allows blog readers and Tribe members to flag problematic content for editor/moderator review (bonus points for allowing flaggers to select from a list of reasons for flagging, and then automatically moderating content that's been flagged by more than three people)
Of course there are existing plugins that do lots of these things, but for a variety of reasons, none of them are a good fit for us.
And then, what do you know? Half an hour after having this discussion, the plugin we use for the "THIS!" functionality on comments completely exploded. It's broken before, but none of the prior fixes worked this time. (One more reason we've never liked this plugin: it's prone to inexplicable breakage.)
This is all to say: yes, the THIS! function is broken. And yes, we're working on a fix, and it's going to be 10 kinds of awesome. It'll be coming in early June.