February 2010

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There was a very unfortunate bug in all previous versions of the Comment E-Mail Verification Plugin. The verification message was sent to all comment authors, i.e. including those whose comments were caught by Akismet (or any other anti-spam plugin).

I strongly recommend you update to the new version

Spammers often use fake mail addresses. If an address doesn’t exist, your only problem is some additional server load trying to deliver that message, plus, possibly, bounces in your inbox.

However if, as in most cases, those addresses actually belong to someone who didn’t write that comment in the first place, those people will be bothered. Plus, since the comment itself may appear in the verification message (the default setting), you will be considered a spammer. Even worse, this might get your server blacklisted!

So if you’ve been using the plugin, please download the new version

Due to excessive work-load this post was written two days after the release of the bugfix which was available through your WordPress admin area immediately. I have set the date of this post back to approximately the time of the bugfix release.

Mark Jaquith has a wonderful plugin for plugin developers: I Make Plugins. While working on the redesign of this site I ran across a bug in that plugin which caused the entire readme to be downloaded and stored to the postmeta table every time a plugin page was loaded. Here’s a patch (diff) for version 1.1 of the plugin.

February 23, 2010 | No comments

My Comment E-Mail Verification Plugin for WordPress has received some tender loving care: blog admins can now customize the messages sent to comment authors. Download from wordpress.org

February 22, 2010 | No comments

Nils asked me whether I knew about a WordPress plugin that would verify a comment author’s e-mail address. I didn’t, so I wrote one myself.

The plugin is in its early stages, the current version number is 0.1 – you are welcome to test-drive it and watch it grow, or watch me procrastinate and forget about it over my day-job :/ if I do, go ahead and nag!