You may notice a few changes on City Desk this morning: avatar placeholders in the comments, new formatting on the footers of blog articles and in the sidebar, etc. These are due to a much-needed upgrade that took place last night.

The avatars are not currently enabled, since we’re still figuring out how to handle user profiles across our blogs. This is something we want to do, but we’re working incrementally to get the infrastructure in place. The present upgrade was intended to close a few security holes in our WordPress software and get the publishing interface up to date. Some snazzy new front-end stuff will follow, but there are no major changes in that area today.

Questions? Comments? Gripes? All are welcome.