screencap of ShushThatNoise plugin in action

Testing plugin: ShushThatNoise

Downloadable via the WordPress plugin repository: ShushThatNoise – Ignorant Comment Hider, only compatible with WP3.01.

Hide unwanted comments without deleting them. Edit the comment and wrap the offending text in [shush][/shush].
(Example: [shush]FIRST!!![/shush])

Readers can choose to read the hidden comment by clicking on the “Show” link.
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No reader’s comments display in your sidebar? Do you want more comments or not?

a small fluffy puppy glowers at the cameraI don’t understand why anyone who blogs would not have some sort of “Latest Comments” widget in the sidebar, but it appears that quite a few don’t. I wonder if they realise that this might be why they don’t get as many comments on every post as they might like?

I find that on sites without a comments widget the discussions on older posts just wither away as new posts take the sweet spot at the top of the front page. With a comments widget, people can see that a discussion is ongoing on a post they’ve already read and perhaps commented on, and are encouraged to check those latest comments and maybe add more to the discussion. Without a comments widget, they have to want to revisit that post they’ve already read just on the offchance that new comments have been added. How many of the readers are going to do that?

Sure, they could subscribe to the blogs Comments RSS feed, or maybe just the specific Comments feed for that post if they are tech-savvy enough, but how many do? I generally don’t follow comments by RSS, the option just doesn’t appeal. If someone like me who follows hundreds of Posts feeds by RSS isn’t generally going to click on a post’s Comments feed, how many others do you think are going to do it?
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Dictionary plugin

picture of a generic dictionaryI’ve added a dictionary plugin so that I can go mad with acronyms, initialisms and jargon to my heart’s content and still let newbie webtech readers understand what I’m going on about – I’d appreciate some accessibility testing from those using screen readers. I think it needs some better styling to indicate which words have a dictionary link for a start.

Here’s some of the terms that I have defined:

  • SEO
  • Information Architecture
  • HTML
  • JPEG
  • CSS

How does that work for you, dear readers?

Multimedia plugins

multimediaI’m playing with a few WordPress plugins over on my Galleries Pages at the moment, as well as in the widget areas, so here’s a rundown of what I’m using to generate various displays/showcases/galleries:

  • altPWA
    altPWA is a plugin that will allow you to easily embed a Picasa Web Album in your pages.
    Version 1.1.2 | By Radu Capan | Visit plugin site
  • Flickr Gallery
    Use easy shortcodes to insert Flickr galleries and photos (and videos) in your blog.
    Version 1.3.0 | By Dan Coulter | Visit plugin site
  • Flickrpress
    Display Flickr items in the sidebar. Supports Flickr RSS, photostream, multiple photosets, favorites, filtering by tag and displaying random photos.
    Version 0.3.2 | By Michael Tyson | Visit plugin site
  • flickrRSS (this one is integrated into the Life Collage Hybrid theme for use in the Lifestream Page)
    Allows you to integrate the photos from a flickr rss feed into your site.
    Version 5.1 | By Dave Kellam and Stefano Verna | Visit plugin site
  • jQuery Lightbox
    Used to overlay images on the current page. Original jQuery Lightbox by Balupton.
    Version 0.9 | By Pedro Lamas | Visit plugin site
  • Lightbox Gallery (I haven’t got a demo page up for this one yet, although I’ve used it happily on other sites)
    Changes to the lightbox view in galleries.
    Version 0.6.1 | By Hiroaki Miyashita | Visit plugin site
  • TubePress
    Displays gorgeous YouTube galleries in your posts, pages, and/or sidebar. Upgrade to TubePress Pro for more features!
    Version 1.8.7 | By Eric D. Hough | Visit plugin site

What else are people using that they recommend?