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Beta 6, replying to your commenters, more spam fighting ammo

By Byrne Reese
Posted July 10, 2007, in News.

We are pleased to announce that we just released the sixth beta for Movable Type 4.0. Our focus in this release was almost entirely upon fixing bugs, reproducing issues reported by customers, responding to your feedback and bringing even more polish to the application. We tackled a lot of issues this week, but Beta Testers: we still want to hear from you! Did we finally fix that bug you reported or that was nagging you? Or is there still something that vexes you about the product that we still haven't addressed? Please, leave a comment and let us know.

So, while there are no new big features we can surprise you with in this beta, perhaps this is a good opportunity to highlight five features you may not have known about:

  • Reply to Comment - users can now reply to comments posted by the readers directly from within the application. In other words, authors no longer need to switch back and forth between the application and their published blog to approve and then reply to comments left by their community.
  • Captchas for Anonymous Commenters - Movable Type 4.0 allows users to authenticate in a variety of ways before leaving a comment, but many bloggers prefer to allow users to comment anonymously as well. However blogger hate the idea of leaving the barn door open for spammers. That is why we built CAPTCHA support right into Movable Type so that bloggers can require anonymous users to perform a simple turing test to prove that they are in fact: human.
  • Quick Post Bookmarklets - If you want a quick and easy way to create a new post based upon any page you happen to be visiting on the Internet, create a "Quick Post Bookmarklet" by dragging the "Quick Post" link found on your "Create Entry" screen into your browser's shortcut toolbar. Then navigate to your favorite blog, highlight some text and click the bookmark you just created to see what happens next.
  • Trusted OpenID Endpoints - MT4 has built in support for authenticating any valid OpenID user and endpoint. We also built in the ability to provide a customized OpenID login experience for trusted OpenID endpoints (take a look at MT4's customized OpenID logins for Vox and LiveJournal for example). We also made it possible for plugin developers to register their own trusted OpenID endpoints, logos and login forms allowing third parties to make any OpenID endpoint look and feel like a first class authentication provider.
  • Syntax Help for Markdown, Smartypants and Textile - I have been using Markdown for years, but for whatever reason I simply cannot commit the link syntax to memory. With MT4 I no longer need to because the formatting buttons like bold, italics, blockquote, strike-through, link creation, bulleted list, et al all work regardless of whether you are in WYSIWYG mode or Markdown mode.
There are so many new little features like the ones above n Movable Type that it is virtually impossible to list them all. Have you found a feature you really like? Tell us about it.



Sara on July 11, 2007, 12:18 a.m. Reply

My biggest issues currently is the lack of multiple file upload (I know BFU sorta does this) or the ability to load already existing assets (currently residing on server) and make them available for use. I am not liking the thought of having to upload many, many files one by one.

PRO IT Service

PRO IT Service on July 11, 2007, 12:27 a.m. Reply

Dear Byrne and Community,

Thanks for another great release!

One hour ago I was just browsing around your Web site, and while there wasn’t yet this version announce, I’ve noticed the download button saying “beta 6” and I’ve immediately got it for deploying on the Online demo version Web site

I’m so happy to be able to provide you guys with this Beta 6 Absolutely Free Online demo version so promptly

Enjoy and help us all build a better Movable Type community

Kind Regards, Mihai Bocsaru

Movable Type Consultant

Chris Ernest Hall

Chris Ernest Hall on July 11, 2007, 9:24 a.m. Reply

MT is really epic.


rsaum on July 11, 2007, 5:45 p.m. Reply

Spam problems completely disappeared for me after installing the Tiny Turing plugin. I’ve read similar comments by others. To the effect that I no longer understand why anyone else has a problem, although there’s a small industry devoted to dealing with it. MT4 should have something like a Turing test built. Solved.


demonsurfer on July 12, 2007, 3:55 p.m. Reply

I really like the background header image with the faded MT cogs when in system settings.. mt-static/images/header-inner-system.jpg ..I think it was there on earlier betas too.. just a passing comment. Cheers.

p.s. tried to login to comment here with TypeKey and got the following error:

Can’t call method “text” on unblessed reference at lib/MT/App/ line 1914.


Alan on July 9, 2012, 9:47 p.m. Reply

Thank for the plugin. It has stopped many of the spam comments I had to deal with before.

Marion Hough

Marion Hough on August 2, 2012, 6:17 a.m. Reply

MT is the greatest CMS ever. I use it for not more than a week, but I see it is much better than the other I have used before.


Ellis on August 31, 2012, 1:55 a.m. Reply

Quick Post Bookmarklet is a great tool for blogging. It is really cool just to mark and to be able to post later on it.

Abel Lion

Abel Lion on September 23, 2012, 9:03 a.m. Reply

Something like grammar and syntax checker would be a good idea.


Alan on October 2, 2012, 9:19 p.m. Reply

I read this old post by accident because I don’t deal anymore with my blog (which was with Moveable type CMS) and I remember a think that was bugging me before. Is it possible to implement some syntax and grammar error checker in the platform? If you do this many bloggers would be really thankful.

Matilda Johnson

Matilda Johnson on October 28, 2012, 9:30 p.m. Reply

The only problem with MT is the lack of translations of the platform. Just 6 languages is not enough.

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beijing massage on November 13, 2012, 2:26 a.m. Reply

Thank for the plugin. I like it .

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.