A couple of interesting new Movable Type plugins came to light over the weekend, which I’m going to review here just in case you haven’t picked up on them.
This plugin allows MT to check comments and trackback pings with Akismet, a hosted web service by the authors of WordPress which can help to verify if a message is spam, or otherwise. It integrates with Movable Type’s junk scoring system – comments which are junk get 1 added to their junk score, and comments which are not get 1 subtracted from their junk score.
To use it, you’ll need a wordpress.com account with an API key – see this page for details, but installation is simple. I have only been able to do some limited testing so far but I have had 2 false-negatives from it (spam comments which it said were not spam). However, because it integrates with MT’s junk scoring system, other plugins such as SpamLookup can also affect the total junk score and in both cases neither comment was approved. It’s still worth having though.
When a comment or trackback ping is posted to an entry, normally it’s the entry’s author who receives email notification of this. But if you have a blog with several authors, only one of whom is the administrator, it means that the administrator does not get notified of comments. NotifyWho?! lets you specify precisely who gets notified about comments. I haven’t installed this one yet since I’m the sole author here, but if, for example, I gave Hari an account and she posted a couple of entries, then she’d get the notifications and not me. NotifyWho?! would allow me to force all notifications to come to me.