Feed me, Seymour!

Well, the new comment enhancement plugin breaks the RSS feed. I’m going to look into the problem and I’ll probably be turning the plugin on and off while I do so. I’m not aware that anyone actually uses the feeds, but I’d like them to work regardless.

EDIT: And just like that, it’s fixed. The problem? Two extra carriage returns at the end of the comment quicktags file that were creating a blank line at the beginning of the RSS feeds. That’s a Bad Thing.

While I was putzing around, I changed the location of the feeds. The main feed is now at http://kjtoo.com/feed/ and the comment feed is at http://kjtoo.com/comments/feed/

So get yourself a feed reader (the one built into Mozilla Thunderbird will work, for starters) and subscribe!

Comment Approval

If you’ve noticed that your comments don’t show up right away after you post them, it’s most likely because they’re waiting for me to approve them. Automatic approval is linked to the e-mail address you enter on the comment form (which won’t be displayed anywhere on the site). If I’ve approved a comment with that e-mail address, all future comments from the same address will be auto-approved.

As I mentioned, the e-mail address will never be displayed on the site (to anyone but me), but it will be stored in the mySQL database. If the database or my WordPress account is ever hacked, your e-mail address will be visible to the hacker.

That said, I don’t care if you use a real e-mail address when you post here, so if you want to use a bogus one for commenting in my silly blog, go right ahead. Entering an e-mail address is beneficial in two ways: First, instant gratification for you. All future comments will be auto-approved. Second, less work for me. I get a dozen or so spam comments held for approval every day, and I’d hate to miss a valid comment when I’m running through and deleting ads for bondage gear or on-line poker.

Actually, I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a captcha plugin (worst acronym ever) that would allow on-the-fly approval by requiring commentors to enter an alphanumeric string displayed as a graphic. That would probably make the whole e-mail business moot. What do you think?