We’ve gotten a lot of e-mails lately from ladies who think they’ve been banned if their comment is marked for moderation or if it doesn’t appear immediately. As a reminder: WordPress will automatically approve most comments, particularly if you’ve posted before, but it may be held for moderation if:
- your post includes hyperlinks (spammers use ‘em)
- your post (or any information in it — e-mail address, domain name, etc.) involves bad words (we’ve got a little list of language that we’d rather know about before it goes on the blog — so everyone keep your hate speech and sexually-charged commentary to a minimum, s’alright, ladies?)
- other comments that WordPress decides for inexplicable reasons to hold for moderation. (Do not taunt happy fun ball.)
We have not personally “banned” anyone’s comments, and in general we approve all comments unless they are a) spam or b) an empty shill for someone else’s product or blog (without any legitimate comment on the post or discussion at hand). (However: yo, we have a day job, and it may be 2 or more hours before we can moderate comments.) (If your comment does not appear within 12 hours, though, please send us an e-mail — it may have been marked as spam, which goes into a different filter that we almost never check.)
We discourage commenting under different names, particularly in the same thread. Users who do this may find themselves moved to our “manually moderate” list.
In general, though, play nicely, s’alright guys? We want this to be a nice place. (And yes, we know that we have to find a nice spot to put this commenting policy.)
Regarding product links in the comments: We reserve the right to convert any recommended link in the comments into an affiliate link, if one exists (either manually or through software). (Meaning: If you recommend product X and store Y, we won’t change X or Y at all.)