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CommentLuv v2.9

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As anyone who has ever commented on this site will know, one of the more visible plugins I use is CommentLuv. CommentLuv is designed to allow commenters to receive link backs to their own site without risking being known as a spammer by dumping in links without permission.

Since it’s first release, CommentLuv has gone from strength to strength and is installed on a huge number of sites. This is probably because the plugin is solid and easy to use, but also because Andy Bailey, the creator and developer of CommentLuv, is directly involved in the support and promotion of the plugin and is keen to help other bloggers get a leg up.

Andy Bailey wishes to make the next release a big event. To that end, there is a video embedded below these words. Please watch it and follow the link and see what comes next. Read the rest of this entry

You Got Here How??

A Navel to Gaze At

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It occurs to me that I haven’t done a navel gazing post in ages. Which means we are long overdue one and, because it’s both my site and my rules, you have to sit through another one. Lucky you.

So, how people got here. Filthy minded people are still my primary resource. Welcome perverts and teen boys. Yes, Lesbians is still the number one reason to come here. Despite there being no lesbians on this site (as far as I know – if I am wrong, welcome Lesbians!)

Incidentally, if you did arrive here looking for helpful advice on working out your sexuality, I’m sure you’ve realised by now that this site is not that sort of site. I would advise you to look up your nearest LGBT organisation (I’d suggest trying “LGBT <your town>” or “LGBT <your country>” via your favourite search engine). There is no reason to make that decision on your own and a good local organisation can help you deal with the issues and help you come through it with minimal issues. There is no rush to come out immediately and they will help to do so in the right time and at the right pace. They can also put you in touch with people who can tell you what happened to them when they did it and help you make an informed decision.

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Commentluv & IntenseDebate BFFs

Just a quick post.  Pretty much my favourite plugin here has been Commentluv by Andy Bailey.  Unfortunately, enabling IntenseDebate meant that Commentluv stopped working.  However, our favourite programmer/purveyor of fine food has written a Commentluv plugin for IntenseDebate.  Cool, eh?

So we get threaded comments, single sign and Commentluv all in one place.  If you wish to take advantage, there is an extra field under the comment box for you to put in your site URL.


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Get WordPress 2.8.1

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Just noticed that the latest update has been out since Thursday.  This time round the update does the following:

  • Certain themes were calling get_categories() in such a way that it would fail in 2.8. 2.8.1 works around this so these themes won’t have to change.
  • Dashboard memory usage is reduced.  Some people were running out of memory when loading the dashboard, resulting in an incomplete page.
  • The automatic upgrade no longer accidentally deletes files when cleaning up from a failed upgrade.
  • A problem where the rich text editor wasn’t being loaded due to compression issues has been worked around.
  • Extra security has been put in place to better protect you from plugins that do not do explicit permission checks.
  • Translation of role names fixed.
  • wp_page_menu() defaults to sorting by the user specified menu order rather than the page title.
  • Upload error messages are now correctly reported.
  • Autosave error experienced by some IE users is fixed.
  • Styling glitch in the plugin editor fixed.
  • SSH2 filesystem requirements updated.
  • Switched back to curl as the default transport.
  • Updated the translation library to avoid a problem with mbstring.func_overload.
  • Stricter inline style sanitization.
  • Stricter menu security.
  • Disabled code highlighting due to browser incompatibilities.
  • RTL layout fixes.

If you’re into that sort of thing, you can read all about the changes between 2.8 and 2.8.1 here, and more details are here.  I upgraded using the auto-upgrade feature in the dashboard and it took under a minute.

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New Plugin – IntenseDebate

As a fan of threaded comments, I decided to try out a new plugin – IntenseDebate.  This plugin allows for threaded comments, reply by email, commenter profiles and reputation points (though I may need to be sold on the value of this last one).  As with all WordPress plugins, the install is a matter of unzipping the file to your plugin folder and then activating it in the plugin section of the dashboard.

The plugin supports WordPress (duh!), Blogger, TypePad and Tmblr with more to come.

UPDATE – I have disabled the plugin.  Indexing the comments was taking too long, Commentluv and KeywordLuv were inactive and it was too much trouble.  This is not to say that there is anything wrong with the plugin – if I had started with IntenseDebate from the beginning, there would not have been any issues, but the wait was just too great.  Don’t let me put you off it – if I were to start a second blog, I would definitely install it.


Anyone who has commented on any of my posts will be aware that I have the CommentLuv plugin enabled on this site.  And lots of thanks to RT Cunningham of Untwisted Vortex for putting me onto this plugin.  You could do a lot worse than follow his advice on building SEO for your site.

For the uninitiated, how does CommentLuv work?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  By enabling CommentLuv on your blog, the plugin uses the feedreader associated with your commenter’s blog to list their last post.  So, by commenting on someone else’s post, you get to have your own post linked to.  No extra effort and no trouble.  In fact, if a lot of us use it, we will all end up with a nice little legitimate (very important) backlink – and we all do it for each other.  It’s probably not that clear, so here’s a picture to illustrate (click the pic for larger):

An example of CommentLuv

An example of CommentLuv

Just above the moderation buttons (of which, more later), we can see a link to RT’s last post at the time he wrote that comment.  The most current post of the commenter will be listed.  So if you post once a day, and comment here once a day, every comment will link to the current comment for that day.  For very little effort, your post has gained a backlink.

Why is this a good thing?  Well, for one, you don’t have to mail me to request I backlink to you (hint: unless your blog is really cool or I visit it regularly, I’ll probably not do it) and if you see how many different people leave posts on this site, you’ll see what a timesaver it is for me!  Another plus is that instead of just getting a link to your main site, you get a link to a particular post.  So you can focus your link – if I write a post about the UK government, for example, and you have a post about the government you have gained a focused backlink that is relevant.  Since, I hope, you were going to post here anyway, a free backlink is a good thing right?  Also, unless your post looks like automated spam, I won’t remove it – you don’t need to hide your link, I’m letting you leave it.

For blog authors, those moderator buttons (see, I told you I’d get back to it) save you a little effort – rather than having to go through your dashboard to moderate comments, under each comment in the post are a set of handy buttons to allow you to edit, delete, moderate (doesn’t delete, just moves it to the moderation queue) or mark as spam any comment.

This plugin is now at version 2.1 – if you haven’t already, update your version, there are new features coming up and you’ll need to register to see all of them.