Our site is built entirely on free software. Sometimes an update to one of the free ‘plugins’ that we use can introduce bugs. We have had two of these in the last couple of weeks, both now resolved – display of editing time for comments and the functioning of the Login menu item.
In response to a User Enhancement request, we have a new help page Commenter Tips which explains how you can embellish your text in your comments and how to add hyperlinks.
Although there have been no other significant changes to visible functionality, there have been a number of security-related updates behind the scenes. Our site now gets over 20,000 visits and 54,000 page views a week and the popularity attracted the unwanted attention of bots using brute force attacks to try to login. I’m pleased to say our defences are such that we now only get a handful of failed logins a day, almost all from users who failed to remember their passwords correctly.
Of the enhancement suggestions you have made, we’ve been actively looking at :
- Potentially replacing the existing comment editor, but have not come up with a free one that works correctly on our site.
- Adding Likes/dislikes for posts and comments. We are currently trying out one called Remoji on our test site. I am unconvinced it would be an improvement, but if you want to give it a go, add some comments to this post on the test site. Note that your login here wont work on our test site, but you can register for it as you did for the live site.
Update: Thanks to all for the feedback on the Remoji plugin. I’m relieved to hear that the majority who have commented have said they don’t want it…. as I don’t either, so it wont be implemented on the live site. It just leaves me to remind you you can add emojis in your comments as described in our Commenter Tips .