A Word or Two About Comments and Spam

There has only been one comment policy on this site — comments must not stray into attacking others, and yes, I’m the one who gets to decide what’s an attack. So far I’ve never had to block anyone because of this rule. Maybe admonish a little when someone was straying into it but not outright block someone, and I hope I never do.

That aside, I’ve blocked all sorts of spam. Too much to even consider. Just know it’s in the hundreds of thousands. And therein lies a problem some of the time. Legitimate commenters occasionally get caught in spam because the Akismet program which filters spam on WordPress.com sometimes gets overzealous. Nothing against this program. It works great except when it doesn’t, which isn’t very often. But it happened the other day when it put a longtime poster’s comment in spam. Thankfully, she sent me a message to let me know she was unable to comment at my site. I searched spam, and voila, there were her comments.

If this ever happens to you, and you’re not a spambot :D, please let me know. I want everyone who wants to comment or discuss to be able to do so.

FYI: I can be reached on Twitter or by email and yes, by Facebook although I have FB notifications turned off, so I may not quickly reply there.


  1. I got some weird message the other day about the “server undergoing routine maintenance, check back in 5 minutes and refresh”. The comment posted but the page never did refresh at the original place. I don’t remember what the comment was, but it was long. :p

  2. WordPress.com is usually pretty good about these things, but occasionally, they go awry. I hope you were eventually able to comment.

  3. Yeah, ‘they’ warned me under no circumstances to hit the back button, but in the end I opened in a new tab and the comment was there. It’s Murphy’s law. The longer the comment, the more likely the computer to crash, the browser to freeze, the internet connection to go out or the server to undergo ‘routine maintenance’. :P

  4. Me too – last night I got that – not for five minutes – for 20. But things still got posted.

  5. WP.com just glitches sometimes. They do a good job for the most part, but I’m still mostly on self-hosted except for this site. If I ever move it, it’s going to be a bitch.

  6. Whatever the problem was, it wasn’t on Frenz’s blog.

    I got the same “routine maintenance, check back in 5 minutes” message on another wp.com-blog yesterday. (The refresh didn’t work, but when I opened another tab the comment was there.)

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