Smith College Blogs have recently been updated to WPMu 2.6.3, which fixes a vulnerability in the Snoopy library, which is used to fetch the feeds shown in the Dashboard.
Akismet was also updated, a plugin which, if you haven’t noticed it, should be your favorite! Akismet protects your blog from comment spam, and it’s doing it’s job if you never think about it. To check out what Akismet has blocked, go to Comments → Akismet Spam. (As of writing this post, Akismet has blocked 102 spam comments on the Smith College Blogs News & Updates blog.)
Lastly, the video embedding/linking plugin has been upgraded to Viper’s Video Quicktags 6.1.4. You’ll notice the new embed buttons in your text editor. To add other types of video or remove some of the default buttons, go to Settings → Video Quicktags.
Photo Dropper is a WordPress plugin that lets you add Flickr photos to your posts. It searches for Creative Commons licensed photos – images that are licensed for shared use – and lets you drop them into your posts – right from your dashboard with just 1 click.
While editing your post, you can quickly pop-open Google Maps from the editor and generate your map through the Maps interface, or quickly grab the link to a map you’ve already prepared in My Maps. Then, you can copy the code given for embedding and paste it directly into the HTML editor. (You can also use this plugin to embed any “embeddable” content from another website.)
Anarchy Media Player also auto-detects links to mp3, flv, Quicktime mov, mp4, m4v, m4a, m4b, 3gp as well as Windows wmv, avi and asf files, and creates a player on your page. So, for example, the following link:
<a href="http://www.archive.org/download/DefianceOhioTheFearTheFearTheFear/Defiance_Ohio__06__Now_Now_Now.mp3">Defiance Ohio - The Fear The Fear The Fear - Now Now Now</a>