Looks like I’m jumping down my own throat. Not even published for ten minutes and that last post of mine is hereby obsolete. No matter; it’s all mostly a thought dump anyway. 😉
So, as promised, here’s my run-down of new features and changes in the latest WOT release.
First, the interface has undergone a major overhaul (sound familiar?). The rating bars are bigger, and now have distinctly colored rating blocks instead of a full-length gradient. I do like that; it makes ratings easier to figure out. What I don’t like is the fact that the indicator of your own current rating is about 40 pixels wide, plus arrows on both sides, with no indication of where, exactly, it’s pointing. A comment from a WOT developer on the original “just around the corner” post on the WOT Blog says they might change the rating icon later now that they’ve thought more about it, but it’s too late to change the new release. I can live with the icon for a while, I think; it’s not too bad.
I notice that the settings and guide links from the WOT rating popup now open in a new tab, as I suggested. Thanks, guys!
Let’s see… I covered the category renaming in my last post, so all that remains are the settings.
The settings, as you may have gathered, don’t open in a window, as is typical of most Firefox add-ons. They are their own page, located at (for now, at any rate) chrome://wot/locale/settings.html (only try in Firefox with the add-on installed). An interesting approach, but not entirely unheard of. Since the URL is part of Firefox’s chrome, it can issue commands to the browser, changing the settings of the add-on.
There are several sections to the settings, including a Guide tab, which provides a basic explanation of what the functions are and how to use them. Next is Ratings, which allows the user to disable any of the three subordinate categories if they choose to ignore them. Warnings are, for now, limited to pre-configured levels, and blocking is not available for the moment (it was in the old version, but will not be re-launched until the WOT website revamping is complete). Component warning thresholds can be changed only simultaneously.
The Searching tab configures what sites WOT should display ratings icons on; and the Pop-up tab, whether to include popup details. There is no custom site function for inline ratings display yet, but I do not even utilize all the default sites, much less have a current need for such a feature. It is likely on the long-term development list.
The Advanced tab configures Automatic Updates (on/off), automatic login to mywot.com, and an option to automatically recreate the toolbar button if it is somehow removed. All options default to on. Additionally, a list of hostnames to ignore can be specified on this tab, defaulting to “localhost, 127.0.0.1”, for which ratings would be unreliable as they refer to the local machine. All in all, it’s a very impressive development, and I look forward to the release of the revamped MyWOT.com website, which will undoubtedly feature more additions and enhancements.
Update (2009-12-10): Thanks to a plugin on my new WordPress site, I noticed that the blog links in this and the previous post were broken, as were the redirects put in place by MyWOT.com. I emailed them and got the updated links; finally, they work again.