WordPress 1.5

WordPress 1.5 appears to be running. We’ll probably have to make little tweaks in the next few days, but I don’t anticipate any major changes.

The biggest difference is that comments use “emergent whitelisting.” This means two things:

1. Once whitelisted, your comments shouldn’t be held up in moderation (yay!). However
2. Everyone’s first comment will be automatically moderated. This closes an important loophole, whereby a comment spammer or troll could simply hop on to a new IP address or proxy and continue harrassing us. However, it does mean that your first comment may take a short while to clear moderation.

UPDATE: As far as I can tell, it’s using our existing comment database as the whitelist. So no need for re-approval if you’ve already got at least one comment.

The new software is also supposed to have improved anti-spam components and a few other fun bells and whistles.

If anyone has any questions, please let us know.

17 comments for “WordPress 1.5

  1. can you batch load whitelisted ips? because it would be relatively easy to get a list of IPs with 5+ comments, say, and automatically whitelist them. Save you a lot of trouble.

  2. Kaimi,

    What edition of WordPress automatically makes visitors feel welcome and loved and responds thoughtfully to their comments? Also, we need a WordPress version that can rewrite Nate’s Sugar Beets post in new and interesting ways for him.

  3. I’m still figuring it out myself. As far as I can tell, the existing whitelist is comprised of everyone who has ever had an approved comment on T&S.

    In other words, you’re already on it. I think.

  4. With everyone else, Kaimi, I’m grateful for all of the time you have put in–with help from others sometimes–keeping T&S together technically. Heaven knows that if it were up to the philosopher, French linguist, institute teacher, etc., it never would happen.

  5. Hmm – I tried posting in this thread earlier, and got nothing.

    Also, a post of mine in transfermations didn’t show up on the sidebar.

    However, I like the new look (w/out the lines).

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