We love comments here, good or bad. Comments are feedback and writers love feedback (they even love to hate feedback) Feedback lets the author know someone read his piece. So, please comment.
Sometimes the comments are even better than the piece, so always be sure to check them out. Comments are writing too.
Some words are going to trigger the Spam Algorythms. Inclusion of certain words are a sure bet to get your comment dropped in the spam file for later review. That doesn’t mean it’s gone forever, it just means that an admin will go through the hundreds of spam comments to hopefully find yours and “un-spam” it.
Here are the words to avoid:
The last two are there because we had a virtual attack of phony messages that included “Imoti” and “Varna”. I recently removed the word “Nigger” because it was stopping comments to a legitimate posting. It may or may not go back on the list.
It’s important to note that if you include a word that contains the same sequence of letters as one of the words on the prohibited list that comment will get “spammed” as well. For instance if the word “car” is on the list then “carry, carcinogenic and carpenter” would get the comment flagged. Sorry, that’s the way the algorithm works. As I said someone does go through the flagged comments almost every day, so sooner or later your hard-worked comment will show up. If it doesn’t, email me and I’ll look for it. Although I’m not perfect and as the flagged file is often hundreds of comments long, sometimes I miss one.
More on comments
Often comments turn to controversy. This is normal and is part of SWI, arguments often enlighten. Please keep them civil. Try your best not to insult your fellow contributors or their points of view. We are looking for “civil discourse” not name calling sessions. I’ve been guilty of this so make sure you call me out or any other contributor when you see this happening.
Post on anything you like. Write a poem, an essay on the vagaries of nature or the nasty dude you saw on the subway this morning. It’s all welcome and makes for varied and interesting reading. If you’re a regular poster, think about doing something different once in a while. That way the readers here will be surprised and always wonder what your writing about this time.
Please don’t re-post the work of others unless you plan to illustrate, comment or enhance it. This is a forum for you to “Speak Without Interruption” not spam the net with the latest message from the Flat Earth Society.
Almost nothing is censored on this site, that is the point. In my three years I have only seen one post withdrawn and that was with the permission of the author. However, we count on our authors to approach this freedom with thought and civility. Bob Grant pays for the site out of his own pocket, he wants it open and free. Please don’t abuse his gesture.
On including video or pictures
Video, audio and pictures spruce up your posts. The Internet is a visual medium so think about including something extra. If you have trouble figuring out how to include a video or picture ask Bob or me and we’ll try and help you out. Mostly, media can be inserted by putting the cursor where you want the media to go and then clicking on the “Star” symbol at the top of the editing page to the right of the words “Upload/Insert”. It looks like this:
A menu will then pop up as ask you where the audio, video or picture is going to come from. You then upload or identify the source and you are ready to insert the piece of media you want. A longer, better explanation is available here: How to insert media in a WordPress blog.
This is your site. Bob funds it, I help out where I can, but the site survives and grows because you take the time to be involved. Without your “speaking” there is no “Speak Without interruption.” It’s a unique opportunity that is worth sweating and fighting over, a unique right if you like. If you want to change something, ask. If you don’t like something, say so. Most important if you do like something say so. Many great innovations have died because they are taken for granted.
You will quickly notice that a great deal of the authors here use their own names, there was a discussion about that early on, but it comes out that the people here stand behind what they say and don’t hide behind cute penames. It also is very useful to authors to spread their names around so google searches show their entire body of work. It’s good marketing, and cuts down on the irresponsibility of the Internet. Think about using your own name when you post, it’s much more sincere and shows that you are courageous enough to “Speak Without Interruption.”
Copyright Prentiss Gray 2011