I'd like the reply textarea to become visible constantly, not only once the user clicks your comments ought to link (produced by comments_popup_link).

I've researched this and attracted an empty - 1 publish advised using comments_template() rather than comments_popup_link but that does not work. It appears like it ought to be straightforward however i can't decipher it - can someone help?

Thanks!

Thanks aendrew for the help - finally the code I did previously get my comments functionality working was:

$withcomments = true comments_template()

Use comment_form() rather than comments_popup_link().

http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/comment_form