local comments

From IndieWeb

local comments are comments (sometimes called native comments) that are made directly (locally) on a post (like an article) in the UI of the site serving it, instead of posting a reply post on an indieweb site and sending a webmention.

IndieWeb Examples


Known (optionally) supports local comments using almost the same mechanism as comments received by webmentions. A local comment is given its own permalink URL, where it is the top-level item on the page, on the receiving site.

gRegor Morrill

gRegor Morrill supports local comments on gregorlove.com (again) as of 2016-03-21. Local comments were accepted previously from 2002 to 2015. The hiatus was due to switching from Nucleus to ProcessWire and working on making local comments work more seamlessly with the ProcessWire webmention plugin.

  • Uses CSRF token protection.
  • Uses Akismet, logging likely spam comments; no comment moderation.
  • Uses an extra, hidden form input (honeypot) to prevent spam. If the form field is filled in, the comment is rejected with HTTP 403.
  • 2024-01-07 Reducing Native Comment Spam: describes how I now close public comments after one year, still allowing signed-in people to comment. Webmentions still supported on old posts.


rubenwardy supports local comments on blog.rubenwardy.com since 2023-05-07 (first comment on 2023-05-24). Webmentions are also supported. The blog itself is statically hosted. Local comments are POSTed to an express server running on api.rubenwardy.com (source). Comments are then manually moderated before being added to the static site

Uses an extra, hidden (with CSS) form input to prevent spam. If the form field is filled in, the comment is rejected with HTTP 500.

More info: https://blog.rubenwardy.com/2023/10/10/hello-indieweb/#comment-form

News Media Examples

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There are still many online news media sites that accept local comments. Please note them below in one subsection per organization.

Dropped local comments

Some sites have explicitly made the decision to drop local comments, for various reasons.


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