Not all comments are created the same. Some are just more useful to your visitors than others. Unfortunately, there is no way to force people to leave enlightening comments on your website each and everytime. But you can always encourage more thoughtful comments by add a comment rating system to your WordPress website. Comment Rating is a powerful plugin that empowers your visitors to rate the comments on your website as they see fit.
Comment Rating adds a thumb up and down to your comments. That way your visitors have a way to show their approval or disapproval of each comment on your website. If you are dealing with lots of trolls on your website, you can use this plugin to identify their comments and hide them so your other readers can get more out of the discussions on your website.
Comment Rating has a ton of options for you to customize. I personally prefer going with the (+/-) signs for comments as they have proved more useful for my sites. You do want to play with the thresholds to make sure you do not penalize people’s comments after just a couple of thumb-downs. This plugin does not take care of spam comments for you, so you want to make sure you have Akismet and other powerful anti-spam plugins to keep your website protected. If you are worried about comment fraud on your website, the pro version of this plugin can handle some of these issues.
If you are not ready to make the move to Intense Debate or Disqus yet, Comment Rating can help you enhance your native comment management system on WordPress. A good way to empower your visitors to help you run your community more effectively.