WordPress 1.5

November 2, 2005 | 17 comments
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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 Responses to WordPress 1.5

  1. Frank McIntyre on November 2, 2005 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks for doing this Kaimi.

  2. Bryce I on November 2, 2005 at 8:24 pm

    Hopping on the moderation queue now…

    Of course, I post regularly from several different addresses. Sorry, guys.

  3. Bryce I on November 2, 2005 at 8:30 pm

    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.

  4. Frank McIntyre on November 2, 2005 at 8:36 pm

    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.

  5. Kaimi Wenger on November 2, 2005 at 8:36 pm

    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.

  6. Ben S. on November 2, 2005 at 8:36 pm

    Um, argh. IP me, me heartys!

  7. Guy Murray on November 2, 2005 at 8:45 pm

    Does WP 1.5 make lowly commenters POWERFUL?

  8. Adam Greenwood on November 2, 2005 at 8:47 pm

    It gives them social position.

  9. Guy Murray on November 2, 2005 at 8:48 pm

    I feel better, and more accepted already

  10. Nate Oman on November 2, 2005 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks Kaimi

  11. Wilfried on November 2, 2005 at 10:23 pm

    Dank je wel, Kaimi. Goed gedaan.

  12. Crystal on November 2, 2005 at 11:12 pm

    Neato.

  13. Julie M. Smith on November 3, 2005 at 12:42 am

    I miss the lines between comments. I have a very hard time with change. sniff

  14. Mike B on November 3, 2005 at 1:02 am

    Great.

  15. Aaron Brown on November 3, 2005 at 1:06 am

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

  16. Jim F on November 3, 2005 at 12:04 pm

    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.

  17. Ivan Wolfe on November 6, 2005 at 1:00 pm

    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).