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Update Block: Latest Comments #13931
Moved over from #1792.
Like Calendar and Archive, I looked at what a more dynamic Recent Comments block could include.
I focused on exploring the “what if’s” — what if you could approve pending comments in the Recent Comments block? What if you could reply to them?
Does this make sense? Should we try it out?
Quickly discussed during today's accessibility bug-scrub and, besides the technical challenge (as far as I can tell this block is rendered server side, not sure it can be made dynamic) we have concerns about the overall proposal.
In terms of interaction, we don’t think the post content is the place to manage comments.
Also, with regards to approving comments, worth considering the widget-block by default displays only approved comments. That's its main purpose, as it's very unlikely authors want to display pending comments on the front end.
Same applies to replying: not sure the post content is the right place for a complex interaction that should display an additional form with additional controls etc. That would be an unexpected interaction, especially for users with accessibility needs.