An Update On Avatars, Comments, & Accounts

So far, so good. has received nearly 3,500 visits during its first six days of existence. We have posted eleven times and received 60 comments from more than ten visitors. And we haven’t really publicized this, yet.

In an attempt to make this site more user-friendly, I wanted to share a few things with our readers.

  1. We have enabled the use of gravatars. If you’d like an avatar to appear next to your name when you comment, simply visit the gravatar site, create an account, and select an avatar image. As long as you remain logged in, your gravatar will appear on as well as any other site that uses the service. Nifty, eh?

  2. In an attempt to prevent comment and trackback spam before it starts, we are using the Askimet spam prevention system. Unfortunately, it has incorrectly identified a few comments as spam and therefore required us to approve them. These false positives will decrease over time as the software learns from its mistakes. In the meantime, we will approve the pending comments as soon as we can. We have also added a captcha system that requires unregistered users to type in a few characters before submitting a comment; this will prevent bots from posting automated spam messages. Any inconvenience in the short term will hopefully be outweighed by the long-term benefits of preventing aggravating spam.

  3. To make things easier, we have enabled readers to register for an account with If you are a frequent reader/contributor, this will allow you to post without worrying about the spam filter or the captcha system. Remember, you can also subscribe to the site via RSS and subscribe via email to the comments on an individual post (there is a link before you hit “submit” for a new comment that allows you to manage your comment subscription).

Thank you for your continued patronage of Feel free to email any/all of us with comments or suggestions and please continue posting your thoughts on the articles… that’s why we’re writing.

3 thoughts on “An Update On Avatars, Comments, & Accounts

  1. Layne Kirshon

    I can’t see my gravatar. Can anyone else?

    Also, is there a way to delete/modify posts. my grammar/spelling sucks most of the time.

  2. Bill Batterman Post author

    I installed a plugin that allows users to edit their comments. You should see an “Edit” link/button at the bottom of your comments now.

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