I'm developing a new theme and plugins for it. Unfortunately, the comment reply link is broken. Instead of moving the comment reply textarea, the page is reloaded by adding e.g. ?replytocom=2#respond to the URL (corresponding to the value of the href attribute).

Here's a link to see what I mean: ... (No longer necessary to view link)

Thanks in advance for your help!

Best joschi81

EDIT: I found out that it's caused by my "dirty" hack to modify the #reply-title. Which I do like this: functions.php.

// add variable to change comment form title
function add_comment_title_variable($content) {
    $output = $content;
    if(is_single() && comments_open()) $output .='<script type="text/javascript"> var commentFormTitle = "'.__('Leave a comment','theme-text-domain').'"; </script>';
    return $output;

Main JS file of my theme:

    // [...]
    if(typeof(commentFormTitle) != 'undefined') $('#reply-title').html(commentFormTitle);

So, any hints how I can "individualize" the translation/textoutput of the comment form title without such dirty hack?

I kept it within the same question as other people who have the same problem with the comment reply link might be causing it the same way.

Thanks joschi81

2 Answers 2


It is because you need to enqueue comment-reply.js which is required for the jQuery effect.

Place the following in your header.php file within your head tag:

if ( is_singular() && get_option( 'thread_comments' ) )
    wp_enqueue_script( 'comment-reply' );
  • Thanks for your reply. The code you mentioned is included in my functions.php - my theme is built upon an "empty" theme from www.underscores.me. But I found out what the problem really is. See edit in my question.
    – winnewoerp
    Jun 4, 2015 at 4:26
  • @joschi81 No problem, make sure to accept your own answer once it's possible.
    – Christine Cooper
    Jun 4, 2015 at 11:00

Solved! I found the optimal solution here: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-to-change-wording-of-leave-a-reply#post-1881213 I added my theme's textdomain like so:

// individual comment form title
function comment_reform ($arg) {
    $arg['title_reply'] = __('Leave a comment','theme-textdomain');
    return $arg;

Sorry, the comment_form() function was still a bit unclear for me, especially when it comes to filter the default args.

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