16 Jun 2010

Podcast Interview with Jon Fox

Jon Fox recently chatted about IntenseDebate with James Woodcock on his podcast.  Check it out at http://www.jameswoodcock.co.uk/?p=3421.  Podcast topics include (from James’ post):

  • What is IntenseDebate?
  • How did it all begin?
  • Features of IntenseDebate
  • Customization
  • Any slowdown when adding so many features to your own site?
  • Rating comments
  • Facebook and Twitter integration
  • Reputation system
  • The dreaded SPAM
  • Additional plugins for IntenseDebate
  • Automattic Inc. purchasing IntenseDebate and the effect of this transaction
  • IntenseDebate future on WordPress.com blogs
  • What can IntenseDebate offer over any rivals with a similar feature list?
  • Looking to the future…
  • IntenseDebate on Mobile devices
  • HTML5 and VP8

Many thanks to James for having Jon on. We’re always happy to chat, so give us a shout if you’d like to have us on your own podcast.

Posted by Michael Koenig in community,News

24 May 2010

Code Update: Akismet Spam Protection

We love it when the entire Automattic team gets together – it gives us an opportunity to hang out and work side-by-side. During our last meetup in San Francisco, fellow Aussies, Beau Lebens and Alex Shiels, sat down to brainstorm some ways to improve our Akismet spam filter integration in IntenseDebate. A short-while later they cranked out a completely reworked integration that has drastically improved the accuracy of our spam filtering.

If you haven’t already, please make sure you enable Akismet in your IntenseDebate account at http://intensedebate.com/edit-site-moderation.

Please give us a shout at support@intensedebate.com if you continue to encounter spam issues. Thanks!

Posted by Michael Koenig in features,News

12 May 2010

Email Notification Update

Yesterday we identified and corrected a temporary bug with our email notification system. The issue prevented new comments from being adding to our email queue, and emails notifications were not sent for around a 12 hour period. We’ve updated our email systems to optimize performance, and to prevent this from occurring again.

Missed email notifications are being sent now and should be caught-up within the next couple of hours. Sorry for the inconvenience – we appreciate your patience.

Posted by Michael Koenig in News

30 Apr 2010

Greetings From San Francisco

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Ah spring time… it’s definitely in full swing: trees are greening, days are getting longer, NHL playoffs are here (Go Red Wings!), and Automatticians and WordPress enthusiasts alike are flocking in their annual migration West to San Francisco for some good old-fashioned geekery. Yep, I’m talking about the 4th annual WordCamp San Francisco this weekend at the Mission Bay Conference Center.

In case you’re not familiar with it:

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.com and WordPress.org users alike.

So if you’re around this weekend and planning on heading to WordCamp, we’d love to meetup. Drop us a line in the comments below or on Twitter: we’re @mkoenig, @jfox85, @isaackeyet, @beaulebens, and of course @intensedebate. I’ll also be presenting a lightning session on Improving Your Comments with IntenseDebate, so be sure to check that out!

If you can’t make it to WordCamp but are in the San Francisco area, we’ll be in town for the next two weeks and we’re always looking to make new friends.

Posted by Michael Koenig in community,News

30 Apr 2010

Update: CommentLuv Plugin is Up and Running

The IntenseDebate CommentLuv Plugin is back in action. We temporarily disabled the plugin after it came to our attention that there was a service issue which caused a JavaScript error that prevented IntenseDebate from working properly.

Hats off to the Andy and the CommentLuv team for their hard work to resolve the issue quickly. CommentLuv should be re-enabled automatically for your site, but please check your plugin settings at http://intensedebate.com/plugins.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted by Michael Koenig in News

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