Spam Karma in Effect

Normally, I only activate Spam Karma during the evening, when comment spam is at its peak. However, I will be gone for most of the day, so Spam Karma will be enabled for the duration of Saturday, March 5th. I’m pretty sure that Spam Karma won’t delete any legitimate comments, but I apologize in advance if it does. For now, enjoy the kill count in this site’s footer.

A WordPress Plugin Tutorial

If you’re interested in writing your own WordPress plugins, look no further than Owen’s tutorial, How to Write a Simple WordPress Plugin. As an additional reference, you may want to read Carthik’s Plunge Into Plugins. If you’re looking for free text editor for your platform, take a look through this list. If you’re looking for other WordPress plugins, stop by the official Plugin Repository and the unofficial Plugins Database.

Kubrick Header Image Generator

Kubrickr is a tool that lets you replace that giant blue blob at the top of your WordPress 1.5 blog with a nice photo from Flickr. Simply type some words that relate to your blog and push Submit. Choose one of the photos from the that appears, and save the resulting file to your Default WordPress theme directory. It’s that easy!

According to the developer, Kubrickr uses user-specified tags to search Flickr for Creative Commons-licensed images, allows the user to select which part of the image to use, and then does all the hard to work to present the user with a new kubrickheader.jpg. This looks like a lot of fun.

Any Spam Karma Troubles or Complaints?

Those who know me well, know that I’m very picky about my anti-spam plugins. I’m more concerned with the effect an anti-spam plugin has on my readers than I am with how effective it is against spam (so Captcha are completely out of the question). I have spent 24 hours using Spam Karma, and it has done a good job. But, before I commit to using it completely, would anyone wish to discuss any troubles or general complaints they have with Spam Karma, either when commenting or administrating the plugin? And, if you had troubles when you were in control, what did you have the overall treatment algorithm set at (or what was causing your trouble)? Also, if you have used both Spam Karma and Spaminator, which one do you prefer, and why? Thanks in advance!

WordPress Support

Now that WordPress v1.5 has been released, the Support Forums are booming with questions and comments. I haven’t seen a load this large in a while. Never the less, we are doing our best to meet your support needs (remember, we’re all volunteers). Before posting in the Support Forums, please give careful consideration to this guide. Also, I would like to direct your attention to the new WordPress Documentation. The new documentation is a community effort and is nearly complete. Please search for your answers in the documentation before asking in the forums. Speaking of being nearly complete, we need plugins. If you are a WordPress plugin developer, please add your plugin information to the Plugins page. If you are not a developer, and you’re just looking for some WordPress plugins, the official plugin repository is at, but at present is more helpful. It contains tons of plugins for anything you would ever need. It also features a plugin manager for your WordPress install, that will allow you to do one-click installs of plugins which saves a lot of hassle. I hope all of you get a chance to enjoy WordPress v1.5. Speaking of which, if you are upgrading from v1.2.x to v1.5, follow this guide.