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September 9, 2019

Comments on bookofjoe — Still broken after all* these years


Below, in its entirety, my July 5, 2013 post, headlined "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 — in 2004.

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.


September 9, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink



Posted by: Luke | Sep 10, 2019 8:56:26 AM

I thought I'd try as well.
It ALMOST always fails for me.
Testing, testing...

Posted by: Luke | Sep 10, 2019 8:52:25 AM

I don't think I've ever had a comment fail. :(

Posted by: Phillip Winn | Sep 9, 2019 3:03:10 PM

Hmmm, I think it worked.

Posted by: tamra | Sep 9, 2019 2:32:46 PM

I love your openness, although I have yet to see nastiness here. Even nasty comments have their place on this world, if only to expose the dark underbelly of our human psyche. Always makes me feel better about myself, knowing I’m only moderately less sanctimonious and more mature.

Posted by: tamra | Sep 9, 2019 2:32:25 PM

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