Those of you amongst the (very) small band of commenters to my blog may of noticed that the comment form wasn’t the nicest around. Most of this was due to the complexities of committing myself to a purely CSS based layout, but it was also due at least in part to me being very lazy. Anyway another excellet article by “Simon Willison(Sitepoint – Simple Tricks for More Usable Forms by Simon Willison)”:http://www.sitepoint.com/article/1273 has encouraged me to clean the comment forms up a bit. The CSS is simpler and the forms look a little better. Feel free to post any comments on the new layout.
I have also decided to put off the upgrade to “MovableType 2.661”:http://www.movabletype.org/news/2004_01.shtml#000882 until Jay Allen has released his next update to “MT Blacklist(MT Blacklist – A Movable Type plugin to eradicate
comment and trackback spam)”:http://www.jayallen.org/projects/mt-blacklist/ – I’d rather upgrade both at once. MT 2.661 includes some spam fighting features – as well as restricting the number of posts that can be made in a certain amount of time, it also uses a redirect link for in comment links, so defeating those spammers who are attempting to increase their Google page rank. Due to the way MT Blacklist works it actually circumvents the comment throttling, but Jay is busy “working on a fix”:http://www.jayallen.org/comment_spam/2004/01/beta_testers_needed.
I have also been toying with the idea of a site redesign again, perhaps this time using colours other than black and white. Part of me thinks that this might be a step too far.