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Some links that deserve a little fan fare

By Byrne Reese
Posted October 16, 2007, in News.

Just a quick post to share some links and resources that have been created or have caught my eye recently:

  • Recommended Plugins - we have added a page that lists a more complete list of plugins selected by community plugin directory editors.
  • Recently Added Plugins - we have also added a more complete listing of recently added plugins..
  • Tidy Templates - Tim Appnel has created a plugin to help publishers normalize their Movable Type tags to use a consistent style and syntax. Very nice.
  • SezWho - I have been seeing SezWho, an interesting service that provides universal commenter profiles across the web, from time to time on sites I visit from time to time so it was good to see that they also have a Movable Type Plugin to make it easy for anyone to use their service.
  • How to Build a Style Catcher Repository - Movable Type makes it really easy for people to browse various style collections scattered across the web and then to download, install and apply those styles to a blog - all from within Movable Type. This recently published guide details how developers and designers can construct their own style repositories and allow Movable Type users to browse and select from those libraries a style they wish to use on their own blog.
  • Unstick those menus - some users have rightly complained that our pull down menus sometimes get stuck open, and can only be closed by hovering the mouse over them again. To avoid this very annoying "feature" you can download a new version of mt.js and install it over the file of the same name in your Movable Type 4.01 installation.
  • 500,000 comments and counting - Props to our friends at ScienceBlogs for receiving their half-millionth comment. Wow.
  • We're rolling out member profiles - we are beginning to roll out member profiles across all of, starting with the Plugin Directory. Soon these profiles will aggregate a user's contributions across all of, including Learning Movable Type, our Documentation web site, as well as from other sites currently under development.



demonsurfer on October 21, 2007, 1:00 p.m. 返信

Seems a significant number of the popular plugins are not being updated for MT4.X, even months after MT4.X has made public release, unfortunately. MT-Paginate, MT-Blogroll, a bunch of others I’ve tried.. as much as I like MT4.1, I’m considering going back to MT3.3X for the plugins. If I had the skills to code them, I would.

And yes, I have donated to several plugin creators in the past, before someone starts making comments along those lines..


Su on October 24, 2007, 3:57 a.m. 返信

Demonsurfer: Define what you mean by “tried.” Paginate, for example, works perfectly fine as is, at least for all the options I’ve made use of(Since it has so many.) If you’re having a specific problem with it, you’ll have to take that up with Stepan.

But yes, Blogroll is broken, though I’m guessing that’s less to do with its (templating) functionality than its integration with the interface, which for obvious reasons is going to be completely broken.

It seems you might be assuming that all plugins have to be updated for MT4 in the first place. That’s not necessarily the case. But unless you name them, that can’t be addressed.


clarknova on October 28, 2007, 9:37 a.m. 返信

The fact is most of plugins haven’t been updated and the reason is not that they have been rolled into MT.

Now I hope you won’t ask me to define “most”.


Su on October 28, 2007, 10:32 a.m. 返信

Clarknova: You’re correct that a lot of plugins haven’t been updated. But you’re ignoring the last part of my comment: A large number of plugins haven’t been because they don’t need to be. Pointless snark aside, no I won’t ask you to define “most.” But I will ask you to define exactly what plugins you’re talking about; not because I pre-emptively doubt you, but because it’s impossible to evaluate something that hasn’t actually been specified.

On the other hand, Demonsurfer claims to have tried a plugin I personally know does work as I’m currently making pretty heavy use of it myself and know of others who are as well. So either s/he didn’t actually, or is having problems with some particular feature(s) of the plugin. Giving the benefit of belief that Demonsurfer isn’t just lying to us, it becomes a matter of narrowing down the statement.

I never claimed anything wasn’t updated due to being rolled in. What I said was that Blogroll’s being broken is probably more likely due to how much it was integrated with the interface(seeing as the interface has completely changed) than with its function. I’d venture that if someone under MT4 has Blogroll data in their db, the actual template tags to output that existing data will still work, even if they can’t necessarily access the plugin proper at the moment.

And frankly, with as much time as I spend in the forum, I’ve grown deeply suspicious of people’s claims that a plugin/template doesn’t work. For some of them it amounts to nothing more than looking at the plugin page, not seeing an explicit compatibility statement and then assuming that means the plugin isn’t compatible.


Edith on July 16, 2012, 1:45 p.m. 返信

I am using SezWho and reading ScienceBlogs from long, long time ago :)

Roger Jacobson

Roger Jacobson on August 3, 2012, 7:02 a.m. 返信

Some links or some plugins?

Rick Banister

Rick Banister on August 30, 2012, 7:29 p.m. 返信

I am quite sure the MT user profiles are rising every day.

Thomas Morrison

Thomas Morrison on September 21, 2012, 9:42 a.m. 返信

Is Moveable type connected with Gravatar and their global commenter’s profile?


BernadetSS on October 22, 2012, 2:27 a.m. 返信

Some links here are broken, like this one - 500,000 comments and counting


Alan on November 2, 2012, 2:57 a.m. 返信

Why using SezWho? Aren’t you using Gravatar?

Ronald Motion

Ronald Motion on November 7, 2012, 12:37 a.m. 返信

Thanks for the info. I have this problem with sticking menu for years and suddenly found this article. I will try this update of mt.js and hope it will be the solution. It was annoying but wasn’t such a huge problem and I have left it unsolved.

rob stosur

rob stosur on November 16, 2012, 3:01 a.m. 返信

Still, the links give 404. Please, update the link, because they probably provide very interesting information.

Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon on December 11, 2012, 12:47 a.m. 返信

Very nice having the best plugin available in Movable Type selected in just one page. Thank you for your hard work.

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.