Good to hear! I’ll dig for the problem in a different way now. 🙂
I opened an issue on the Webmentions plugin, I’m happy to start helping with that transition and can spend some time focused on why things aren’t working as well. I’ll take a look at some of the other PRs to get a bit familiar.
I have a hope that we can do some cool newer things with comments, though I think the focus will remain on Gutenberg for the long-near-term. I’ll admit not actually diving into things to see how hacky I can get yet, but I’m reaching that point.