Spam is Fun, Moderation is On

This morning I found a handful of new comments on this blog. Wonder of wonders, there was one on almost every post and they were all from the same person and each was relevent to the posting onto which it clung. It is certainly nice to have a fan who so dedicatedly applies himself to the task of manually commenting in such complimentary terms. But lo, behold and drop your jaw: he was naught but a naughty spammer, plastering his Air Travel link on my every posting. I imagine it was with great glee that this person clapped and shouted to the stars when he found that he had successfully bypassed the anti-spam sentries that guard this and all WordPress.com blogs. Perhaps he will return to find his links annihilated by my favorite Shaolin move: the One-Fingered Dragon Delete with Double Back Flip Crane Confirm.

From now on, everyone’s first comment goes to moderation. Filthy spammers need not apply their efforts here.

Importing From Blogger to WordPress with Comments (really)

I can’t give you the exact time or date but it looks like we’ll have Blogger importing available to everyone very soon. The Blogger importer is online! I just ran it on this blog and it worked like a dream. Donncha imported his old Blogspot blog into a WordPress.com test blog and it looks very hunky-dory to me! There would be comments, too, but Donncha’s old blog lived in the dark ages of blogging, before Blogger had comments. 🙂

Here’s a little advanced information on the importer:

  1. It’s super-easy. I’d call it a “one-click importer” but it’s really more like two.
  2. It’s pretty fast. My 100+ posts and 200+ comments were imported in under two minutes.
  3. It’s pretty safe. To make it so easy to use, I had to get the WordPress server and the Blogger server to talk and the conversations get pretty intimate. It will modify your template to make your blog easier for the machine to understand, then restore your old template and settings afterwards. However, if you have spent much time modifying your Blogger template you should make a backup copy before you run the importer. I never lost my template during testing but hey, you never know. (It’s perfectly safe for your posts and comments.)
  4. It’s capable of importing as many Blogger blogs as you have access to.
  5. It’s better than ice cream (but not gelato).

Custom Kubrick Headers

This is still a teaser for everyone who isn’t a wp-tester, but it just has to be done. WP 1.6 Alpha now sports a dynamic header generator. Rather than choose from a stock set of colored images, the user will be able to select colors from a palette or enter their hex values (#FF0000 for RED) and they will have their very own image created by their server. The font color is also selectable and the user can toggle the header text on and off.

If you don’t have your own nightly build of WordPress 1.6 Alpha, you can still play around with the image generator, hosted by my personal site, and manipulating the colors:

I could go on and on… these are so easy to make! If you want to make your own and save it on your web server as kubrickheader.jpg, I won’t mind. 😉

Kubrick Headers, Part Two

Nobody’s sure if it’ll make it into WP 1.6 yet, but I just uploaded the default theme customization script I was working on. Would you like to see a screenshot? Feedback is loved. 🙂

If you’re a wp-tester running the latest nighty build of WordPress, you can wait and see if the changes get committed, or download the script and images and the required javascript file to try it out. Feedback is loved. 🙂