I finally got around to delving deep into the new code for the comments portion of MoveableType 3.0 Developer Edition. The latest version of MT includes a multitude of ways in which to configure comments, including using the TypeKey authentication system. The motivation behind all of these changes in the comment system is to combat the problem of comment SPAM. Since installing MT-Blacklist I haven’t had much of a problem with SPAM, but unfortunately MT-Blacklist doesn’t work with MT 3.0. According to Jay Allen, the comment features built-in to MT 3.0 don’t warrant the need for MT-Blacklist any more. Time will tell on that one, but so far I like what I see. 🙂
But I could use some help.
Please fee free to post as many comments as you like to help me test the system. You do not need a TypeKey in order to post, but if you have one, please feel free to use it. I don’t care so much what you post as long as you try the comment system and let me know if you run into any problems. I want to keep the comment system as open and friendly as possible, while still trying to limiting SPAM as much as possible.
In other news, I’ve revamped the syndication feeds that I offer. There are now have 3 feeds in RSS 2.0 and Atom format:
» Main Weblog – RSS 2.0 | Atom
» Photos – RSS | Atom
» Travelogue – RSS | Atom
The moblog is still in whatever RSS format TextAmerica offers and that will eventually fold into the photos section at some point.
Last but not least, I’ve incorporated Google’s AdSense into the weblog. I’ve tried to make them as unobtrusive as possible, so hopefully you won’t mind them too much. I know that I’m not going to make a lot of money off of them, but it would be nice if they could help cover the hosting costs for the weblog. Given the ad rates though, it may generate $5 if I’m lucky, so feel free to click on as many ads as you like. 😀
MT3 really looks complicated…
Thank you for posting a comment. 🙂
At this point in time, if you’re upgrading from a 2.6x version of MT, there are a few small changes regarding comments that will require some adjustment in your templates.
However, if you install MT fresh and then customize, it’s really no big deal. I’m in the process of setting up a new install of MT3 on a friend;s site and it’s a much easier way to go.
Like any major software release, there are hurdles you have to get through went making the jump to the next version. However, I haven’t found MT3 to be that big of a hurdle at this point.
Oh, and by the way, you can find my TypeKey profile at http://profile.typekey.com/mashby/
This is a comment using TypeKey and the only difference that you see is a little icon after my name linking to my profile.
However, any weblog using TypeKey keeps me from having to enter my info on EVERY weblog I comment on. I’m really hopeful that more weblogs will enable this feature. 🙂
Anyone else using TypeKey? ???
Very cool. I’m trying to enable this on my blog as well. What URL do you put on typekey itself? :s
In your TypeKey profile, put the entire domain name, including the last forward slash. For example, here at mashby.com, I have the following in the “Your Weblog Preferences” section:
Note the “/” after the domain name. That is important. Typekey didn’t work properly until I added it.