Comment Approval

If you’ve noticed that your comments don’t show up right away after you post them, it’s most likely because they’re waiting for me to approve them. Automatic approval is linked to the e-mail address you enter on the comment form (which won’t be displayed anywhere on the site). If I’ve approved a comment with that e-mail address, all future comments from the same address will be auto-approved.

As I mentioned, the e-mail address will never be displayed on the site (to anyone but me), but it will be stored in the mySQL database. If the database or my WordPress account is ever hacked, your e-mail address will be visible to the hacker.

That said, I don’t care if you use a real e-mail address when you post here, so if you want to use a bogus one for commenting in my silly blog, go right ahead. Entering an e-mail address is beneficial in two ways: First, instant gratification for you. All future comments will be auto-approved. Second, less work for me. I get a dozen or so spam comments held for approval every day, and I’d hate to miss a valid comment when I’m running through and deleting ads for bondage gear or on-line poker.

Actually, I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a captcha plugin (worst acronym ever) that would allow on-the-fly approval by requiring commentors to enter an alphanumeric string displayed as a graphic. That would probably make the whole e-mail business moot. What do you think?

4 thoughts on “Comment Approval”

  1. Were you typing that thru your teeth? Somebody hit a nerve?

    Actually, I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a captcha plugin (worst acronym ever) that would allow on-the-fly approval by requiring commentors to enter an alphanumeric string displayed as a graphic.

    Would approval be via captcha be required everytime someone wanted to leave a comment?

  2. Were you typing that thru your teeth? Somebody hit a nerve?

    Not at all, and I apologize if I came off that way. I just didn’t want anyone to feel unloved if their comments don’t appear immediately.

    Would approval be via captcha be required everytime someone wanted to leave a comment?

    Yes, and that’s one reason I’m on the fence about it. The process is a bit of a pain in the ass. Some of the blogs I frequent (such as Dave’s Long Box) [EDIT: Oops, had an error the URL. It’s fixed now.] use a captcha. That one’s not terribly bad, but some of them make it a little too difficult to read the authorization key.

  3. to be honest……I know it’s a bit more work for you, but I hoestly HATE those windows where you have to enter the text….if it’s some goofy one, then you can’t read the letters sometimes and others it’s just annoying. I see the point, but still hate them……

  4. …but I hoestly HATE those windows where you have to enter the text…

    I’ve seen some that are good and some that are bad. I’d rather not implement a captcha at all. By turning comment approval on, I’m able to prevent spam comments from ever showing up on the site, but it’s a bit of a hassle. There’s a “Spaminator” plug in that might cut down on the number of spam comments that actually make it to the approval queue, too. I’m considering my options.

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