Compassionate Comments

Description

Why do we have tools to check our spelling, but not to check if we’re being kind to each other?

This plugin checks the intent of a comment before it’s submitted. If the author is being rude or disrespectful, it will encourage them to think twice, and give them a chance to rephrase their comment to be more kind before they submit it.

Google’s free Perspective API is used to determine the characteristics of the comment, which means that all comments will be sent to their servers for analysis. You can optionally request that they not store your comments for their future research.

The Perspective API can only analyze comments written in English, French, and Spanish. Comments written in other languages will be submitted without any analysis or content warnings.

The inspiration for this comes from Tristan Harris’ TED talk about designing technology to reflect human values and from ReThink.

You can report bugs and contribute on GitHub.

Screenshots

  • The warning a comment author is shown when submitting a toxic comment.
  • The wp-admin settings screen.

FAQ

Is this plugin secure?

I’ve done my best to ensure that it is, but just in case I missed anything I also offer a security bounty for any vulnerabilities that can be found and privately disclosed in any of my plugins.

Contributors & Developers

“Compassionate Comments” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

v0.1 (2019-06-03)

  • [NEW] Initial release