We just installed WordPress 2.0. Of course there are a few kinks that we need to work out, but thus far it looks good.

Perhaps the best new feature is the inclusion of built-in tools to fight comment spam — so at this point the security image, which has worked against many commenters, has been disabled.

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5 Responses

  1. Joshua says:

    Thanks for upgrading, that made it very difficult to post.

  2. Yaakov Menken says:

    You’re welcome. 🙂

    The automated WordPress spam-blocker (Akismet) has already detected 27 spam comments to Cross-Currents since the upgrade shortly after midnight. That’s why we had no choice but to employ some sort of solution — yes, we realize the image was very annoying with certain browsers.

  3. mycroft says:

    If it works your blog will be even better.

  4. Amanda Rush says:

    Thank you very much for disabling the image.
    I’ve been reading this blog for almost as long as it’s been around, but due to visual impairment have not been able to comment.

  1. March 31, 2007

    […] Fighting web comment spam continues to be a major issue with popular blogs. We installed the ‘akismet’ tool for WordPress on January 2, 2006, and by July 14 it had trapped over 10,000 spams. Today? Over 80,000 trapped spams, and barely a dozen false positives. If not for Akismet, comments would be almost impossible to maintain. […]

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