Samara O'Shea

The Comment Conundrum

In addition to what I wrote last Saturday, I have another apology. I’m just full of contrition these days! This time I’m sorry to any new visitors who’ve tried to leave comments since . . . oh . . . last March and haven’t been able to. Here’s the situation:

When I was in Italy earlier this year, I had very little access to the web. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice—makes for a better vacation. But I only did what I had to—e-mailing my parents and telling them I’d arrived safely etc. When I returned, I had 8,000 comments—99.7% of which were spam. I tried to go in and delete them, and I couldn’t. When you have that many comments, it’s all but impossible to load the page. I tried on both my MAC at home and my PC at work. Since then, the comments have been accumulating. As of right now, I have 30,565.
Every now and then I’ll try to get in touch with WordPress and ask them to delete my comments from the back end. Hasn’t happened, and they don’t have an 800 number.

Now, people who’ve commented before March 2011—such as Mike from VA, Matt G, Masa, Stephanie, etc.—you can still leave comments. If a comment is approved once, then the commentor can continue to write. (Please Note: I do have the power to delete if you get too rowdy =). In any case, I haven’t thought much about it until my friend Jennifer asked me if I didn’t approve her comments last week because they’re too personal. Knowing that’s an unlikely thing of me to do, I had to revisit the comment conundrum.

Again, I offer my apology if you’ve tried to comment and haven’t been able to. I’m not screening or deleting comments. I can’t even see them myself. I’ll try to be more assertive about fixing the problem. Carry on!

If you know how to fix such a problem, email me! It’s working again.