In preparation for my return, I’ve spent the past few days making some tweaks to the site. So if you only read the feed, there are probably a few changes that you might not have noticed…
First up is the home page. Quite a few of you were annoyed that only the most recent post was displayed on the front page and all the other posts were merely excerpts. To be honest, it kind of annoyed me too — but I couldn’t manage to find the part of the template where I could turn that behavior off until now. Once I managed to find it tho, I had a pretty routine forehead slap and decided to move on. What does this mean for you? The 6 latest posts are now on the front page in their full on glory. Hooray for that!
Next up are the comments. While Akismet and moderation do a great job of keeping spam from ever hitting the site, there are still a few questionable comments that fall thru the cracks. I can tell that they’re obviously spam, but Akismet has a habit of just passing things directly to moderation when they’re being hit too hard for spam checks. Lately, it’s been getting sort of annoying — so I’ve decided to enable CAPTCHA support by way of reCAPTCHA. reCAPTCHA is a pretty awesome project that digitizes books while preventing bots from hammering our comment script. So not only do I have things easier, but the Internet Archive also ends up getting digitized books at the end of the day. Hopefully y’all don’t find them to be too much of a pain in the ass.
And finally, there are the archives. In an effort to make the archives a bit more interesting to explore, I’ve implemented the random redirect plugin and dropped a link next to the search form. What this does is give you a random post whenever you visit http://preshrunk.info/?random. Since this is completely random tho, you may end up coming across a shirt that’s not even being sold anymore — or you might even get redirected to a boring site news post. But it’s all about the luck of the draw. So are you feeling lucky?
Okay, that’s it for now. We’ve got some more announcements coming soon tho. If you look closely enough, you might even notice something before I have the time to tell y’all about it. So keep your eyes peeled!