I get over 1000 spam comments every single day.
Most are harmless ads for casinos or fake “supplements” but many others are filthy and vile. I am sickened with the barrage of comments advertising sites dedicated to violence against women and the exploitation of children. I’ve set up measures to deal with the spam and none of it ever gets posted to my site. It goes to a spam holding tank that I empty out several times a day.
I also have my site set up to hold comments in a moderation queue if they contain links or if they are from a person who has not previously commented on my site.
Unfortunately from time to time comments from real people are sent all the way to my spam box. For some reason or other, the Askimet spam filter decides that your comments “look” like spam. Not wanting to read through 1000+ spam comments every day in search of real comments that have been accidentally mixed in, I just let them go until you let me know that your comments are being deleted.
I never delete a comment from an actual person unless it is purposefully inflammatory, malicious, or foul in nature. When I do delete a comment, I always leave an explanation in its place. So, if you notice that your comments are not showing up – with no explanation from me – send me an email and I’ll dig through the garbage pile and authorize you to comment in the future.
Let’s face it. Frequently the comments are the most entertaining part of this blog. I don’t want to miss what you have to say.