Show Some Love to Your Readers With a ‘Top Commenters’ Widget
It displays a list of the top contributors to your blog discussions, ranked by total comment count, along with their gravatar and a hyperlink back to their own URL.
You can place the list in any widgetized area of your WordPress site.
All settings can be configured in the widget control panel, such as how many commenter names are displayed, and how often the list refreshes. You can also filter specified email addresses and URLs to keep undesirables off the list.
Another cool option is to set an award icon that displays next to the name once someone reaches a certain number of comments.
The Top Commentator plugin is an easy way to foster a sense of community on your blog and reward people for participating in your discussions. Download it for free from the WordPress plugin directory.
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