:) I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve left a comment in the forums at wordpress.org — not for the faint of heart!

I subscribe to several WP-related blogs and keep up with new developments that way. There’s at least one “improvement” coming in 3.1 that I am not looking forward to: a front-of-the-site admin bar that will display for logged-in users, similiar to what users of a multi-site installation see. I prefer to see my site the way regular visitors do. Also, the much-ballyhooed custom post formats on the way are interesting but nothing we couldn’t have already added to a WordPress theme with a modicum of styling. Like many new features, their inclusion is something only professional developers will get excited about, part of a long term strategy to morph WordPress into a full-featured CMS to rival Drupal. So from the perspective of those of us who just want to blog, there’s massive code-bloat, but if you don’t want your installation to become vulnerable to hackers, you have to keep up-to-date to take advantage of regular security fixes. And thus the supposed freedom of an open-source product remains fairly theoretical for everyone but very advanced techies. Anyway…