Held Hostage by our Blog

While it is true that Dubner and I sometimes feel that we are held hostage by our blog (in the sense that the constant need to provide new content weighs on us), it has never been our intention to hold reader comments hostage.

We had no idea that if a reader comment contained one of hundreds of suspect words (automatically chosen by the software to detect spam), it got held in blog purgatory until one of us approved it. Unfortunately, given the nature of the things we post about, some of the words that got your comment blacklisted were gambling, drugs, poker, etc.

To the best of my limited ability, I have tried to free all of these hostage comments. Now that we know how it works, this shouldn’t be a problem in the future. If you use an offending word, however, your post won’t appear until one of us sees it and approves it.

For the record, there has not been a comment we have attempted to censor since we switched sites. Any post you made that never appeared simply got caught by the software.


KaneCitizen

Well, I guess I'd better not ask you if you liked that one movie about all the porn stars, huh?

Btw, I thought this was an interesting article about Nigeria.

And, here are some videos I've been meaning to watch from Viagrafix

KaneCitizen

Forgive me for experimenting w/your comments section a moment ago; just interested in seeing what does what.

Ben Golub

Don't feel obligated to post. While I (and I am sure many others) love to read the blog, I'd also feel kind of guilty if it took away from actual work. Your respective fields need your contributions a lot more than the blog does :-)

3612

If "deb frisch" is an offensive word this comment oughtta be kicked into blog purgatory.

Princess Leia

Well, Steves, it's funny you mention feeling hostage to your blog because I do too in some ways -- I haven't been commenting as much lately 'cause I can't think of anything clever to add. ;-)

lucia

Out of curiosity, are you getting many spam comments you need to block?

I would have thought requiring visitors to registrater would block most of that. (If not, try installing hashcash, spam karma and bad behavior. Together, they'll block huge amounts of spam comments. That will reduce the number of messages in the moderation cue.)

KaneCitizen

Well, I guess I'd better not ask you if you liked that one movie about all the porn stars, huh?

Btw, I thought this was an interesting article about Nigeria.

And, here are some videos I've been meaning to watch from Viagrafix

KaneCitizen

Forgive me for experimenting w/your comments section a moment ago; just interested in seeing what does what.

Ben Golub

Don't feel obligated to post. While I (and I am sure many others) love to read the blog, I'd also feel kind of guilty if it took away from actual work. Your respective fields need your contributions a lot more than the blog does :-)

3612

If "deb frisch" is an offensive word this comment oughtta be kicked into blog purgatory.

Princess Leia

Well, Steves, it's funny you mention feeling hostage to your blog because I do too in some ways -- I haven't been commenting as much lately 'cause I can't think of anything clever to add. ;-)

lucia

Out of curiosity, are you getting many spam comments you need to block?

I would have thought requiring visitors to registrater would block most of that. (If not, try installing hashcash, spam karma and bad behavior. Together, they'll block huge amounts of spam comments. That will reduce the number of messages in the moderation cue.)