Making blogs.perl.org work better for you

Based on an explanation from Aristotle which has worked for me, here's one way you can make blogs.perl.org work a bit better for you. I've approved these and they seem to be OK.

As you may know, anonymous commenters are getting "Text was entered wrong" errors. This is because of a currently undiagnosed error with ReCaptcha. To work around this:

  • Log in
  • Click "POST"
  • On the next page, select "Comment" from the preferences menu
  • At the top, where it says "Immediately approve comments from", make sure that "Trusted commenters only" is selected
  • Further down where it says "E-mail Notification", select "On".
  • Near the bottom where it says "CAPTCHA Provider", select "None"
  • Now select "Registration" from the "Preferences" menu.
  • For "Authentication Methods", make sure "Anonymous Comments" is checked.

Whenever someone posts to your blog, you should be emailed notification. If they're "not trusted", you'll have to approve their posts. When you do, you'll have the option to make them a trusted commenter and not have to approve their posts again.

Yeah, it's a little more work to do, but setting it up is a one-shot deal. As you mark more people as trusted, you'll have to approve fewer posts.

As an added bonus, under "Preferences -> Entry", you can select your default format (text formatting). I've just switched mine to Markdown. You can go to "Preferences -> Comment" to allow the same for comments.

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One thing I've been wondering is if it will become possible to edit the templates or CSS for our individual blogs, so we can have a unique design. I'm getting a little fatigued looking at gray-on-blue everywhere. :)

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