I also updated my Akismet anti-spam plugin. It was painless and just involved dropping a new PHP file into my WordPress plugin directory.
I got rid of the voting/star ranking feature for my posts. Despite some “oooh shiny!” participation when I first enabled the feature, no one has really been voting. I think a big drawback to the plugin is that you have to be logged in to vote. 90%+ of Gibberish “users” are spammers trying to get around my moderation queue. I don’t blame any of my real readers for not registering, who the fuck wants to keep track of another username and password?
I upgraded Subscribe to Comments to the latest version. Simple drag and drop, but again no version history. I blindly upgrade!! That couldn’t possibly cause any problems, could it? So far so good, but this plugin is mostly for the benefit of my readers who post in a thread. Thread participants should be getting an email when someone has commented to the thread. Please let me know if this is no longer the case.
I nuked a few plugins I’ve had deactivated for awhile, such as Visual.SpellCheck. Visual.SpellCheck worked just fine, but I use Firefox 2.x’s built in spell-checker now and didn’t need it. I deleted the podcast plugin that now ships with WordPress by default, as well as a plugin to aid in QuickTime embedding that I never got to work right.
Anyway, a mix of feature changes as well as site admin news for the other Gibberish readers who use WordPress. I know that Gangrene over at Bunkerguts was nervous about upgrading to WordPress 2.3 and we’d emailed back and forth about it. So far none of my plugin upgrades have caused any conflicts or have thrown any errors, so if you’re running a WP install you may want to consider upgrading as well. Even if you’re not really writing as much as you used to (Stilts, I am looking at you).