One last word on comments

I forgot to mention in my comment policy yesterday a couple of things that people commenting here should know. Because of our comment spam problem, filters at most of the blogs at ScienceBlogs are set up such that putting more than two hyperlinks in a comment will automatically trigger a filter that will flag the comment for moderation, regardless of any other factors. In addition, there are also a variety of keywords and PERL regular expressions that I have added to the filters to catch additional spam that might occasionally catch legitimate comments unintentionally. I mention this now because while I am at this meeting the next three days it is quite likely that I will only be checking my blog once a day in the evening before I crash for the night. That means that during the next few days it will probably take me much longer than normal to approve any comments that get flagged for moderation by the spam filters. All other comments should appear immediately as usual.

So, if you post a comment and it doesn’t show up right away, don’t get disturbed or upset. It may take me up to a day to approve it. If it still isn’t there 24 hours later, then worry.