Hooray! I updated my blog to WordPress 1.5 (codename:
longhorn strayhorn), which has a few features I like, such as creating and maintaining static web pages along with the usual blog. In addition, a key feature everyone is bound to love is better built-in spam control. Mass-editing comments is much easier now when you need to screen through comments manually, or you can even set up the ultimate blacklist option so WordPress automatically nukes comments that say contain obscene words (after party poker came xxx-milf spammers). Be careful with blacklisting, as it’s silent and deadly. You won’t even know when the blacklisted comment is killed. Another useful thing to note is how WordPress now checks for insecure proxies, which is how the large majority of spammers leave comments while hiding their identity. Comments posted via insecure proxies are now blocked by default. In a Military-class standard, you can also force users to register with your blog before they can comment… that’s really powerful, but might deter your readers from responding. Finally, if you still get spammed and can’t take it, a lot of anti-spam plug-ins are now compatible with WP1.5. Just shop around.
On the whole, the WordPress 1.5 install is smaller and seems to run much quicker. I’ve gotta say that the new Dashboard does give me a good overview on what’s happening on my blog, and even provides a decent news feed on the on-goings of the WordPress community.