As Alex Shiels puts it on the Akismet blog, the new update is the first release “in a long time” that has any visible new features. Typically the updates are done in the background. In other words, typically they are making magic happen behind the scenes. But with version 2.5, Akismet brings a few fun new features.
Top of the pile is a user’s approved number of comments, so moderators immediately know whether someone’s a newcomer or not. Links in comments are now highlighted, revealing their destinations plainly next to the link. Comments also have status histories, and those spam/unspam reports now contain more information as to why they are there in the first place.
We’ve been enjoying these new, very visible features for a bit now on WPCandy. Have you noticed them? Whether you have or not, there’s a nice overview of the new stuff in the video, just after the jump.
Okay, so fess up: How many spam comments has Akismet killed for you? Since the relaunch, WPCandy has been spared nearly 30,000 spam comments. How about you?