Changes, Improvements, and Fixes (Oh My!)

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Just a quick note to fill you in on a few things…

First of all, we love reading your comments. This is a big part of the reason that we’ve had a leader board over there in the right sidebar for quite awhile now. The purpose of the leader board has been to give some recognition to those of you that are contributing, and to give a link back to your site if you leave a URL when you comment. Instead of tabulating things over the entire history of this site, however, we’ve decided to shake things up a bit and change the leader board to reflect a 30 day moving window. So… If you’ll look over in the right sidebar, you’ll now see a list of “Big talkers” from the past 30 days. It’s currently pretty easy to get onto the list, so have at it.

Second, we’ve recently switched our comment spam filter, so if you leave a comment and it doesn’t get through, please contact us so we can rescue your comment and train the filter.

Third, we’ve modified the right sidebar to improve usability. This has involved removing some of the advertising, adding in a “Recent articles” section, and modifying the “Recent comments” section such that it now includes a snippet of each comment rather than just the title of the associated post. This is the way it used to be, but the old plugin caused some glitches with the overall site layout.

Finally, despite having switched over to full-text feeds a bit over a month ago, it’s come to our attention that our RSS feed has recently been cutting of after the ‘more’ tag, forcing you guys to click through to get our full content. This certainly wasn’t our intention, and we finally figured out that this is the default behavior of full-text feeds on WordPress 2.1 (to which we upgraded a week or two ago). The good news is that there’s a third-party plugin to fix this ‘feature.’ We’ve installed it, and everything seems to be back to normal.

Oh, and special thanks to Nate and Jeffrey of SavingAdvice.com and PFAdvice.com for modifying their commenter plugin to allow for comments to be tabulated based on a running window of arbitrary length.

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Published on February 11th, 2007 - One Comment
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  1. Glad we could help out on this blog too. Would be curious of your reaction on how you think it compares to the old list you had after a few months.

    Comment by saving advice — Feb 11th 2007 @ 7:05 pm

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