Here's an item wherein I report what's new in the version of backtalk on this site.2 responses total.
Backtalk 1.4.6 represents an attempt to finally merge the long diverged 1.3.x and 1.4.x branches. For various reasons, Backtalk 1.4 has non-backwards-compatible changes in the user databases. This makes upgrading a Backtalk 1.3.x system to a Backtalk 1.4.x system rather a pain, but I think I now have a complete set of tools to do it. This is the first site I've actually upgraded though, so they may still be a bit rough. We also now have versions of all the interfaces that will work for Backtalk 1.4. So since upgrade is now at least theoretically possible, I'm going to be declaring the 1.3 branch "stable" (which mostly just means I don't do development there, only bug fixes), and finally retire the 1.2.x branch. Major new things supported by 1.4: - Email validation. You can set up backtalk to do email address validation when people register. We send a message to them and when they click on the link in the message their account gets validated. - Email privacy. Users can now select from a range of options to control how private to keep their email addresses. For example, I've set it to tile my name out of GIF images, making it a bit harder for spambots to harvest (which is actually kind of pointless because my email address is at about 100,000 places on the net). - Mail proxy. There is a proxy mailer, by which logged in users can send mail to other users, possibly even if their addresses are not publically displayed. - Can now put some conference info - mainly indexes - into the SQL database. Eventually I hope to be able to do a full SQL version of Backtalk. Can't say why really - it's more likely to get slower than faster for most operations. - There is now an http client in Backtalk ... which isn't used for anything. But it will be used to implement trackback/pingback protocols which are currently about half done. - It is now possible to enable anonymous posting on a per conference basis.
There's been kind of a hiatus in backtalk development, while I worked on other projects, but I'm actively programming again. Hope to get some new versions released before very long.