By Mike's Mets
I've had a couple of emails recently asking why a comment the user posted didn't make it onto the site. While a very small number of comments get blocked for bad language, the most likely explanation for this happening is that it was incorrectly blocked by a filter looking for comment spam.
If you're not familiar with this, let me explain. Blogs like this one that accept comments become the target of those that use automated software that repeatedly attempt to post comments that have nothing to do with the blog itself, but simply are ads with link to other sites. If you've ever seen a blog with a bunch of comments offering links to by Viagra online or pictures of live nude whatever, you're seeing comment spam.
Blogs use different strategies to combat this. Having to type in a combination of letters and numbers from a picture is one strategy. Another is requiring a commenter to create a login with the site before they can place a comment.
The system that we use here is a combination of several checks that each comment goes through. One looks for keywords like Viagra and other popular medications. There are other checks as well that I won't go into. The system works fairly well, as there are literally hundreds of attempts to post these spam comments to this blog every day, and only a handful make it through where I have to manually delete them.
Unfortunately, some legitimate comments get tagged as spam by the filters. I do my best to try to catch these before they are deleted, but the ever-increasing volume of these automated attacks make it inevitable that I will miss some. If this happens to you, please email me and let me know. (The link is on the right sidebar near the top of the page under "About Mike's Mets"). There are steps I can take to keep this from happening to you. I enjoy your comments, even if you disagree with me, and don't want them to disappear into some cyberspace limbo.
I'm sorry that this filtering of comments is a necessary evil. If we stopped doing this, the site would very quickly get saturated with spam comments and render the comments useless. Thanks for understanding.