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Avoiding Overlapping Replies Avoiding Overlapping Replies The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. Also Viewing is a function, which lets you know if someone else who has enabled the same function – like another forum helper – is looking at or typing in the same thread you’re viewing. This helps avoid duplicate replies on the same thread.

This feature is only enabled for active forum contributors, if you wish to use this feature and do not see the option to enable it, reach out to the forums moderation team in the slack #forums channel who can enable it for you.

You can enable this functionality in your Forum Profile at in the section “User Options”..

Screendump of User Otions settings in Forum Profile

Once you and another person viewing the same thread both have the option enabled, you’ll see an orange banner at the top of the thread that looks like this:
Also Viewing

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Clearer PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party and Theme Support Clearer Plugin and Theme Support Plugins and Themes Topic Highlighter is a script which provides some color-coding for the status of plugin and theme support topics. To use the highlighter:

  1. First, install the Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey browser extensions.
  2. Next, click here to install the highlighter script. (You can also click the “Raw” button on the /src/wordpress-plugins-topic-highlighter.user.js file there.)

Once installed, you’ll see some handy highlights clearly identifying unanswered, resolved, and stale topics over a week old:
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Check for Spam Elsewhere Check for Spam Elsewhere

Stop Forum Spam Checker adds a handy button which will check the IP against Stop Forum Spam. This tool only works for Moderators. To use the Stop Forum Spam Checker script:

  1. First, install the Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey browser extensions.
  2. Next, click here to install the Stop Forum Spam Checker script. (You can also click the “Raw” button next to the /src/stop-forum-spam-checker.user.js file there.)

Once installed, click the “Check IP” button, and it will either report “Ok”, “TOR Proxy”, or list the number of sites spammed elsewhere along with the timestamp of the most recent report.

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Automatically see archived and pending posts Automatically see archived and pending posts

In order to see archived and pending posts, moderators may need to add the URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL parameter view=all to the URL they’re viewing. This is a script that automatically tags on this parameter when you’re visiting forum URL’s.

  1. First, install the Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey browser extensions.
  2. Next, install the WordPress topic redirect script.

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Disable wrapping pasted text in code blocks Disable wrapping pasted text in code blocks

Every now and then users in the forums paste huge log excerpts or copy-paste code they’ve found somewhere else. This may disrupt the layout of some pages/views and make them hard to navigate. As a countermeasure, our forums automatically wrap any pasted text that is longer than 500 characters or 5 lines in “backticks”, which (if the backticks are in-sync) marks the pasted text as a code blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience.. (This “automatic wrapping” does not happen if the text area was completely empty before the paste.)

You may want to disable this function if you often need to paste long text content, such as pre-defined replies, by using the no-backticks script.

  1. First, install any of the browser extensions Tampermonkey or Greasemonkey (unless you’ve already got one installed).
  2. Next, install the no-backticks script.

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Searching Documentation Searching Documentation

If you use Alfred, along with its paid Powerpack, there are Workflows to search the Developer Reference and search the Codex Function Reference. Alfred has documentation on how to install Workflows.

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Saving Form Fields Saving Form Fields

We used to recommend Lazarus: Form Recovery here, it was a wonderful cross-browser extension that stored your form data in local storage, so you could recover your brilliantly crafted reply, even if the forums or your browser crashed. Lazarus is dead now (ironic, we know), so we can no longer recommend it. If you have any better recommendations than what follows, please let us know in #forums on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

If you use Chrome, try Typio Form Recovery.

If you use Firefox, and you don’t want to risk losing what you’re writing, you’re probably better off drafting your replies in a plain text editor.

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