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What To Do If Your Comment Disappears
Think of this as a tiny Goofus and Gallant webisode. You'll have to guess which one is Goofus and which one is Gallant.

But, first, a lttle background. In the past two days, two people's comments have gotten eaten. It happens. Gregg put in some pretty strong software, and if you post two comments in rapid succession (very rapid) you might set off the software. It's rare -- and I did it to myself once (I type at just under the speed of light).

Also, if you want to put links in comments, put one in per comment. If you have two links, post two comments. I won't mind. Maybe I'll even get points for having more traffic.

But back to Goofus and Gallant:

Crid e-mails something along the lines of: "My comment got eaten."

Chuck e-mails simply this: "Do you have a problem?"

Guess which one sent me scurrying to retrieve the comment from the spam folder. I know, it's a toughie...but give it your best. And, FYI, if your comment gets munched, kindly just e-mail me right away (as in immediately) and let me know in plain English.

Oh yes, one further word to the wise. I get e-mail for a living. In other words, it's more of a Noah's Ark-type deluge than a trickle, so try to let me know in the header it's 1. time-sensitive, and 2. about your comment being eaten.

Thank you.

Posted by aalkon at August 18, 2007 7:53 AM

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I'm impressed that you keep the blog going over the weekend. Very nice.

Posted by: Steve Daniels at August 18, 2007 12:33 PM

"In other words, it's more of a Noah's Ark-type deluge than a trickle,..."

Sorry. Noah's Ark didn't exist, and the "Flood" didn't happen. I know you were employing an analogy, but we could at least relate to something that isn't totally fictional, hm?

Posted by: Radwaste at August 18, 2007 1:37 PM

I understand that the Bible is just a big book of made-up stories, and used that in that sense, but point taken.

For the uninitiated, my business card reads:

Amy Alkon
Godless Harlot

Although I'm thinking of doing up a few with:

Amy Alkon
She-Devil

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 18, 2007 2:33 PM

And thanks, Steve!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 18, 2007 2:35 PM

I was puzzled when one of my comments was eaten about a week ago. I type at the speed of molasses and I included only one link. The message said something about being a first-time poster. I am not.

I figured maybe it was because, as usual, I was so late in getting to the thread and no more posts were allowed.

What really made me feel bad was when Chuck's post to the same thread appeared later!

Posted by: Shawn at August 19, 2007 8:10 AM

Sorry - please e-mail me right away and I'll rescue it. I'm so sorry about this, but luckily, it doesn't happen often, and the new software (Akismet) means I avoid about a half-hour daily in despamming sessions (and the constant worry that I'll junk a post that's real).

I've rescued Chuck's comments, so he should be able to comment again, but I sent him an angry e-mail, so maybe he'll stay away. (I ended up using part of my prime writing time to go after his junked comments, and then was too mad about that to get much done.) Had he just written me in plain English when his comment was eaten, I could've dealt with it without a big search or any anger.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 19, 2007 8:15 AM

Thank you. I totally understand the spam thing. I just didn't know/forgot what I should do. And I wanted to share the irony of being rejected and Chuck being accepted.

Posted by: Shawn at August 20, 2007 6:02 AM

Thanks, Shawn. And yes, sometimes bad things happen to good commenters.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 20, 2007 6:06 AM

Your blog ate my comment once (I was guilty of the two link thing). You were very prompt in getting it taken care of, even though you certainly weren't obligated to do so. Greatly appreciated. Then again, I wasn't accusatory in my e-mail.

"Amy Alkon
Godless Harlot"

"Amy Alkon
She-Devil"

What, no "Amy Alkon: Opinionated Bitch" cards? I wouldn't go as far as to ask for "Amy Strapon: Advice Dominatrix," however. I know, it's probably an old joke, but it still amuses me.

Posted by: Jamie at August 20, 2007 9:11 AM

TO: Amy Alkon
RE: Cute

"Chuck e-mails simply this: "Do you have a problem?"" -- Amy Alkon

There IS something of a 'difference' between the two situations. Don't you think?

Still and all....

....you're better than a number of others I've encountered.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[Anybody can make a mistake.....only someone who is wise can recognize it and take appropriate action. And to do the later requires a degree of courage rare these days.]

Posted by: Chuck Pelto at August 26, 2007 2:00 PM

TO: Shawn
RE: Uuuuhhhh.....

"What really made me feel bad was when Chuck's post to the same thread appeared later!" -- Shawn

It was not, in my case—when I e-mailed Amy—that my 'comments' were 'deleted'. As far as I know, at this point, none of my comments were deleted.

Rather...I was kicked/banned/killed. I could not even access the situation where I could READ comments made with respect to 'entries' Amy had published.

As I commented (above), there is something of a 'difference' between comments disappearing and the inability to even SEE comments, let alone post them in this environment. I know. I run a number of blogs. I know the general principles under which such things work.

I've kicked/banned/killed 'commenters' myself. However, they've all been bots, posting inappropriate, non-sequiter things advertising drugs/sex/whathaveyou on topical threads initiated to discuss politics or culinary matters.

There IS a 'difference'.

Hope that helps.

Regards,

Chuck(le)
[The so-called 'Progressives' are a 'misnomer'.]

Posted by: Chuck Pelto at August 26, 2007 3:15 PM

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