This is just a quick post about comments on our site, for those who might be confused. Our more regular commenters seem to be generally aware of our policy — it’s more of a “practice” than a formal policy, but we often receive questions from new commenters. Please don’t consider these to be absolute, strict rules, but a glimpse of what typically happens behind the scenes when comments are submitted.

First of all, we want to make clear that as the owners of the blog, we reserve the right to publish or not publish whatever comments we see fit. We may also delete comments. Occasionally, we’ll receive comments beginning with language like, “PLEASE DON’T PUBLISH THIS,” followed by a message that’s only meant for the administrators of the site. We honor such requests, and if we accidentally do publish one, it was done so mistakenly and we apologize.

In the beginning, we didn’t moderate comments at all. Since we rarely received more than 1-2 comments per piece, this wasn’t really necessary, and we could easily delete the few abusive or spam comments we received. Later on, we began to get commenters who would enter 15-20 comments on the same post, and 2-3 individuals would dominate all the discussion, often unrelated to the post, and boxing out those who posted one or two thoughtful comments.

The decision was made to moderate all comments. Unfortunately, this means that all comments are held in a queue until one of us is able to go through them and approve them. There are typically 3-4 of us who actively moderate the comments, but obviously we have things like sleep, work, and everyday life that prevent us from monitoring them 24/7. The monitoring is done on an ad-hoc basis. Occasionally,

  • One rule of thumb for regular commenters is: if your comment hasn’t shown up, 99% of the time that means we just haven’t gotten to it yet. The second most likely reason is that there was a technical problem or we accidentally deleted it. Please don’t take it personally!
  • Certain commenters have been informed that there is a cap on the number of comments they can make on a single post, which is enforced at the author’s discretion.
  • Trolling or abusive comments, or 10-paragraph diatribes about the end of the world are not approved.
  • Thoughtful, critical comments are welcome, but it is left to the discretion of the author whether such comments will be approved immediately or if they will be held back until the author has time to respond.
  • We recently discovered (today, in fact) that apparently our site template limits us to 150 comments per post.

Once again, these rules are not ironclad, and ultimately we can decide not to approve a comment for any reason.

We are very thankful for those who comment on this site. You have enriched us with your insights, knowledge and personal stories in a profound way. The purpose of this post is simply to give you a greater understanding of the process.

 

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  1. Avatar Jane says:

    Thank you very much Mike, and thank you to all of you who have posted articles and comments here at WPI. I have enjoyed this site very much and feel so deeply blessed to be able to learn my Faith in peace, enjoy the Holy Father, Pope Francis, who the Holy Spirit has given to us, learn from him and grow closer to God. Thank you WHEREPETERIS for helping me with my Faith!!!

    Also, I will read and re-read this article and strive to follow the guidelines of this site so that I will not be a hindrance to anyone who is writing articles or commenting, etc.

    God Bless you!

    • Avatar Mike Lewis says:

      Don’t worry about the guidelines, Jane – we have just had some people question why their comments don’t show up right away, etc. We just wanted to explain it publicly.

      • Avatar Jane says:

        Thank you Mike, I will do that.

        I sometimes encounter a couple of problems here and wonder if there is anything you might be able to do on your end to help fix them.

        1. Sometimes I want to reply to a person in a conversation we are having and the ‘Reply’ button is no longer available.

        2. Sometimes I reply to a person but then the reply is placed several comments down from the one I am replying to, that it might get lost among the other comments.

        I know with these blogs that there are some things that cannot be controlled by anyone; it’s just the way it is.

        Still, I am very abundantly happy, blessed and grateful to be here, learning so much and loving it. Thank you again and God Bless you 🙂

      • Avatar Jane says:

        One more thing! Although I re-read my comments before posting, I sometimes wish I could just go back and fix a thing or two after posting! Sometimes, there is an ‘edit’ button available, on other sites. Is there a way to add that? I know things cost money too. . . . just wondering

      • Avatar ONG says:

        Yeah, Jane, I’ve missed that option too! 😊

  2. Avatar M. says:

    Yes at times it can be difficult to find if anyone has responded, so please forgive me anyone, if I seemed to ignore your response or anything. Someitmes it is hard to find comments, also I sometimes can’t remember where things were said, which article were we talking on again? Good old fashioned bad memory doesn’t help! 🙂
    Thank you Mike Lewis and all the dear writers (and commenters too) at WPI for your goodness to us in helping us understand and implement our faith with trust and hope! Thank you for helping me to become at least *less* crabby Catholic than I used to be.

  3. Avatar ONG says:

    Happy & blessed Pentecost Day to everyone!

    • Avatar Jane says:

      Thank you ONG! Happy and Blessed Pentecost day to you too!

      And Happy Great Feast of Pentecost to all of you, dear writers and commenters here at WPI as well!