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I don't know where to post this so I'm posting it here. Mods feel free to move it if necessary.

I am having a problem posting comments on blogs. I have tried several times today to post comments, and twice my comment seems to be posting but does not appear. I've also heard from others that they were having problems posting comments to my blog (not everyone and not all the time).

Is this a bug in the software or the result of a software switch that I or someone else have to enable?

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There are currently at least two bloggers that have their blogs set in a manner that means they need to approve comments. Unfortunately, at least in my experience, there is no way to know this setting has been put into effect until after the fact...

Let me go to your blog and attempt to create a wholly mild-mannered comment.

It seems that I posted without difficulty to your blog about loathing Valentine's Day, yes?

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It's happening to me, too. I just tried to post on a public blog and on a private one. The public blog took my second comment but swallowed the first one. The private blog lost the first one and I haven't written a second one.

What gives, Admins? Has something changed?

olga

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OK, I went through the Akismet logs and everything I looked at that was identified as spam were either short comments or contained a url. I'm going to switch it to where comments detected a spam will show up as only visible to the blog owner and will have to be approved.

To ensure you don't get misidentified as spam, write more substantial replies and leave out the urls.

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But VE, I'm not trying to write comments every 90 seconds. I wrote long comments, taking 10 or 15 minutes----and they disappeared into the ether when I hit the Post button. It did the same thing on my own blog! How can that be the spam prevention feature?

olga

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I'll start paying more attention to what gets flagged as spam for a while. There's an option to mark misidentified spam and send it back to the filtering service to train it to be more accurate. It's in an obscure back corner of the admin interface so I never think to go through it.

As I said though, all comments detected as spam will now be placed up for approval by the blog owner so know that when you post your comment will become visible once the blog owner approves it.

Making the same comment multiple times to try and get it past the spam filter will only increase the likelihood of ALL of your comments getting marked as spam in the future btw.

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Well, I commented on two blogs, one private and one public, and my comments were rejected the first time and accepted the second time. When I tried to comment on my own blog, I wrote something 5 or 6 paragraphs long and it disappeared. I followed with a quickie 4-line comment, and that one worked. I don't see any rhyme or reason with this.

olga

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Most of my 1 or 2 line comments get through, but it is frustrating when a more substantial comment gets swallowed. I have never yet posted a url.

Also, a comment that was attempted to be posted on my blog but was sent to me by PM was long and substantial. The author stated that they could not post to my blog and gave up and sent the comment through the PM.

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I just went to my blog entry that I wrote last night, and there were three comments. Two were showing, but ninetynine had written one and I had to approve it because it wasn't showing. I checked my settings, and I have that blog set so that all comments show automatically. Something is rotten in Denmark.

olga

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Olga, that approval thing is what VE did to try to fix/patch the problem. Now, instead of the internet just eating any comments that it thinks are spam, they get sent to you for approval - so that comment that needed approval would be one of the ones that got flagged as spam.

It's supposed to be an improvement on the "spam" posts just getting eaten without opening the door back up for floods of actual spam.

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It would be helpful to know what the rules are for deciding whether something is spam or not. I suppose urls are a sure way to get bounced, but are there certain words we should be avoiding?

What a sick, twisted world we live in when people spam blog posts ... And they call us crazy.

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I'll set it so you can moderate your own blogs for now. The ability to do so had been turned off because we had one user who was editing comments other people made on her blog to make it look like they were attacking her and then complaining about it, etc..

Okay, Thank you for sorting it out. That's a very strange thing for someone to do.....the mind boggles

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Wierd things are happening with posts on my blog. Suddently, without warning

a post will be queued asking for my approval. HOWEVER I never set it on

needing approval. never And it is random when this happens.

wierd

Three posts show up just fine, and then someone else comes along and it needs approval.

very odd

I'll set it so you can moderate your own blogs for now. The ability to do so had been turned off because we had one user who was editing comments other people made on her blog to make it look like they were attacking her and then complaining about it, etc..

well THAT is a little bit whacked........

not enough drama in her life, she has to create imaginary drama..........

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I never have any problems posting comments to either mine or anyone else's blog, I don't think.

wrong!! I am having problems now. My comments are requiring approval. On two blogs. One private, on public. I made long comments on other blogs today. I thought perhaps it was a bad word I said. But then I reposted the word. Is this the spamming filter?

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happened again on a private blog. I took the auto-saved comment (nice!) and split my comment in half and reposted. It worked. but some of the punctuation turned into code. So it looks to this detective that the longer comments are a problem?

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The only other option is to close off all the blogs to guests entirely and disable the spam blocker. While anyone who wants to make their blog invisible to guest users is free to do so, I like having some open so that prospective new members can tell that they are there. They are an attractive feature of the site and knowing they are there likely makes some people more inclined to register.

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Well I decided after reading your comment that I would open mine up to guest viewing, I don't want guest comments, unless that enabled the spam blocker to chill out so I can still have auto approve all comments enabled and functional. IPB should make it so individuals can enable or DISABLE that spam blocker, it's NOT a problem on this board that I've ever seen. Thanks for all you do VE! Hope this is fixed by IPB so that the spam blocker is not flagging every message. :)

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