In the comments on my iPad 2: First Impressions post, several of you noted that you were bewildered as to why you always have to approve my comments and you don’t usually have to approve any others. I do know that those of you who’ve experienced this issue are on WordPress; that said, without the ability to see your Discussion Settings in WordPress, I can’t be exactly sure what the reasons are, but I suspect it is my comment signature, which I code as follows:
Why is your comment system holding only my comments?
It’s this simple: I embed links in my comment signature that link to my blog and my Twitter profile. So depending on your Discussion Settings, WordPress is probably just doing its job by flagging my comment because it thinks it’s spam, based on the number of links in the comment. This may be why other legit comments are being relegated to spurgatory, as I call it.
How can you fix this?
- Log into WordPress. (WordPress.org or WordPress.com)
- Scroll down to Settings on the left side of your Dashboard.
- Click Discussion.
- While you’re in there, look at all your settings to ensure they are set as you wish. If they’re good, then the problem lies in the number you have set in the Comment Moderation section.
- To make it easier on you (and bloggers who embed a URL or two in their comment signatures), change the number in Comment Moderation to 3 or 4. That should fix the issue.
- Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
Use Comment Moderation and Comment Blacklist for better spam control.
Remember that for even better spam control, you should enter obviously spam-related words (e.g. escort, oem, viagra, plus all those nasty p*rn-related words) and spam IP addresses or URLs to your Comment Blacklist to automatically exterminate them.
Add words that are often part of spam (e.g., insurance, prescriptions, video, movie, movies, download, mortgage, massage), but could be used in a non-spam manner to the Comment Moderation field so you have a chance to approve if they are not spam.
To learn more about comment management, read the WordPress support page for Discussion Settings.