If a comment of yours doesn’t appear, it is likely that too many links or use of certain words made it go into the spam filter. Try again with no links and without those words.
If you find that none of your comments are getting through for a few hours or so, then (I think) that means all of your comments are getting marked as spam. In that case, try commenting under the same name as usual with a different email (something simple like username at username dot com) and send me an email. I’ll approve that comment and you should be good to go.
If I get swamped with requests it may take me a while to get to all these, but it should be pretty easy since all I have to do is approve your comment with your new email.
Would it be feasible to update the spam filter so it doesn’t trap references to a certain form of government whose name includes a substring which is a certain male-enhancement drug?
That’ll probably get rid of a fair number of false positives from people who forget to deliberately mis-spell the word.
I don’t think I have the right permissions to do this.
I don’t understand why I always end up in moderation.
First Rahm Emmanuel getscontrol of the White House and the entire Democratic party. Now he’s got Balloon Juice under his thumb.
When will the horror end?
@dmsilev: @DougJ: On this note, I’m also sort of curious: does the filter list actually filter out a significant number of spam comments? I always assumed no, but that’s probably because I never see them in the first place.
I have been plagued with comments that seem to go nowhere if I have more than one link in them, and the link arrow to another comment when responding to it counts as my one. The comment doesn’t go to moderation, it just disappears. I hit submit and the page refreshes but it refreshes to the first comment. No sign of my new comment at the end.
GAH. One of these days, it’ll be drilled into my head that not-fascism is a moderation word and to not use it in a bloody comment. ONE OF THESE DAYS.
Is there a list of “forbidden” words anywhere? I really have no idea what not to use.
For that matter, if the site could explain precisely what moderates a message when we receive the notice, that would help a lot also. Yes, that would be extra work for whoever codes this place, but being given the option to edit out the words before the “official” submission, or at least knowing which words they were so that we can avoid them later, would really ease the strain on everybody in the long run.
@Shade Tail: Allegedly, this is the list. Note that it can parse through words and pick out parts of words as spam. Which is why so[$]m marks you for moderation (replace [$] with a certain word on that list).
We need a list of certain words. Or did you mean ‘certain words’, or ” ‘ certain words’ “?
@jl: Will shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits do?
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If you want to use the word sociaIism in your comment, replace the small L with a capital i – it looks the same but fools the spam filter.
sociaIism SociaIism SOCIAIISM! see ? ;-)
Just for the technical record …. posts disappear with no links at all and not even a hint of forbidden words. In other words, no clue as to what triggered the filter …. if the filter is the problem.
But none of this addresses the most puzzling issue, which is … why do posts get moderation and there is no indication to the poster that this has happened, as there used to be? The behavior looks like a commonplace software bug, not the behavior of an overly aggressive filter.
This is not about how to write “sociaIism”. It’s about the fact that something broke the software and WP is now just eating posts for no apparent reason.
@licensed to kill time: Yeah, but the problem there is that when I type stuff out, my brain is wired for spelling stuff correctly (or as close to correct as I know, then right-click the squiggly red underline to correct it). Replacing the L with an I would require me to re-learn how to spell the bloody word.
And the only application of that would be to avoid a spam filter here. Whereas everywhere else, I’d just look stupid.
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Balloon Juice requires that we re-wire our brains in order to comment, doncha know. I realize this is a site specific tip, offered in a friendly service-y spirit only for those who wish to avail themselves of the opportunity. I kind of enjoy the creative spellings, myself. I got tripped up recently with the farm a see word and it always gives me a D’oh! moment.