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Fixing the Quoter Plugin for WordPress

If someone is ever bored and adventurous enough to update the Quoter plugin for WordPress, I'd be very appreciative.

One of the biggest problems is that you cannot put <blockquote> tags inside your own comment or they're transformed into a sort of self-referencing quote.

I was going to suggest that "fixing" this with a slight CSS hack might be the easiest way, but after a little poking around I think fixing the actual plugin would be the better tactic.

Any takers bored enough to look into this? I'm personally not quite skilled enough at grep to solve it right away - I'd have to figure out what each of the PHP grep patterns were doing first, and I'm spending today working on an Aperture plugin.

5 Responses to "Fixing the Quoter Plugin for WordPress"

  1. Here's an example of what I'm talking about.

    The iPhone 2.2 update is out and Apple says:

    Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)

    That shouldn't list me (or anyone, for that matter) as the quote. As HTML, that was:

    <blockquote cite="Apple"><p>Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)</p></blockquote>

    It matters not if the "cite" tag is used or if the paragraph tags are included.

  2. This isn't exactly the solution you're looking for, but WordPress 2.7 (due out before the end of the month) is going to incorporate threaded comments, among other things.

    Here's two excellent articles to make your theme's commenting form compatible in advance: one and two.

    With threaded comments, people will be able to directly reply to each other, most likely eliminating the need for the quote plugin.

  3. Mike said on November 23, 2008:

    WordPress 2.7 (due out before the end of the month) is going to incorporate threaded comments, among other things.

    I'm aware of (and don't plan to use) threaded comments. They look ugly and too many people, in my experience, mis-use them.

    And unfortunately, WordPress 2.7 is not going to do a darn thing to "convert" any of the previous comments that employed the Quoter plugin (nor would I expect it to, obviously). A quick search shows there are over 900 such comments, so anything requiring manual labor is out. Many comments quote multiple comments, so it's not even a case of a simple, easy format for conversion. I'm locked in to using the "Quoter" plugin, and am simply looking to fix the one flaw it's got.

  4. Hey,

    I have been looking for a fix for this plugin for longer than I can remember.

    I may have find somebody who can fix it, I'll post here if he does.

    Although looking at your reply it quoted Mike correctly.

    Strangely on my site it does occasionally work but maybe 1 in 100.

  5. I fixed up Quoter this evening (well, it's fixed for me, anyway), as part of a redesign I'm working on. It should solve the added citations, as well as an issue where the last comment was sometimes getting auto-quoted on page load. If you're still needing this, try the unofficial 1.11 release here, or test it in my project. I'll apologise to anyone finding this page through Google (like me) in the future as those links, especially the latter, probably won't stay live.


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