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July 5, 2013

Comments on bookofjoe


My Comments section is dysfunctional.

Constant readers know this to be the case.

Nevertheless, it's annoying and vexing, both to you and to me.

It's been this way since the beginning.

People spend a lot of time composing a comment, post it, and it never appears.

Sometimes five or ten times.

Still no comment.

Details from a typical example from earlier today are pictured above and below.


FunFact: I – the owner and proprietor of bookofjoe — have been unable to post a comment on my own blog for the past 4-5 months.

I fill out the comment form just like you and click "Post," it says "Comment Posted" — but the comment never appears.

Only two days ago did I succeed in posting a comment.

In the interim when I've had the energy I've gone back to the post I wanted to comment on and added my comment at the end as an update, a poor substitute on many levels.

Here's the thing: I still don't know what I did differently that caused my comment of two days ago to finally post.


Anyway, to reiterate the policy I've had in place from the get-go: my Comments section is open to all, there is no pre-screening or even post-comment screening: the first time I see a comment is when you see it, at the top of the sidebar on my home page.

As best I can tell, I am pretty much unique nowadays in this respect, not requiring commenters to register or have their comments moderated or whatnot before appearing.

Most big-time blogs like Boing Boing and its ilk long ago abandoned open commenting because of the nastiness of what comes in unexpurgated and unedited.

And yes, sometimes badness appears in my Comments section, and spam as well.

But you know what?

That's the price of openness.

I may not like what you have to say; in fact, I may hate it — and you for saying it.

But I'll be darned if I'm going to delete your mean-spirited or nasty remarks because they hurt me.

That's not what freedom means to me.

Deal with it.

July 5, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink


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Oh, I've experienced the problems. I chalk it up to Grey Cat traipsing across keyboard real estate...

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jul 7, 2013 12:09:19 PM

About every 3rd comment I post never makes it here.

I just chalk it up to not BOJ2.0 safe!

Personally, I think it has to do with no real log in system...the spam system has to go into overdrive to keep everything safe. Heck, on my former forum, after 15 years of running I'd have 4 spam messages for every legit and the software just couldn't keep up.

Posted by: clifyt | Jul 7, 2013 2:56:23 AM

p.s. You can delete that last post, I will certainly understand.

Posted by: tamra | Jul 6, 2013 6:31:00 PM

You (edited)of a(edited). I have never in my (edited) experienced such (edited) (edited)!!! Seriously, are we to believe that you never (edited edited edited)????!!!!

Posted by: tamra | Jul 6, 2013 6:22:02 PM

Been with you a long time Joe,

I don't ever remember a non post.

I DO remember a triplicate at first because I was impatient back then.

Posted by: joepeach | Jul 6, 2013 5:07:00 PM

i've never had that problem on this site. have on huffpost. at this time while comment issues are being discussed, a couple of days ago i was thinking i'd be nice if we could reply to comments already made, have a bit of dialog going. what do you think, joe?

Posted by: rob | Jul 5, 2013 8:29:51 PM

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