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Tod Kelly

Tod is a writer from the Pacific Northwest. He is also serves as Executive Producer and host of both the 7 Deadly Sins Show at Portland's historic Mission Theatre and 7DS: Pants On Fire! at the White Eagle Hotel & Saloon. He is  a regular inactive for Marie Claire International and the Daily Beast, and is currently writing a book on the sudden rise of exorcisms in the United States. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    What if I am not a sock puppet, but I play one on TV?Report

  2. That would explain why this comment on Linky Friday that was very passionate about Nike shoes was caught in moderation. I was afraid that since the language on the comment was disjointed, that it was discrimination against non-English speaking commenters.Report

  3. Avatar Kim says:

    In the wild and wonderful world out there, there’s a concept called hellbanning.
    You might find this concept useful.Report

  4. Avatar Road Scholar says:

    Is IP address one of the items the filter considers? Because that’s the only plausible explanation for a difficulty I’ve encountered a couple times. I hit “submit”, the page reloads and the comment doesn’t show up. Go back with the browser and submit again. This time I get the error page informing me I already posted that comment. I try to comment on another post, same problem. The cure is to reboot my phone. At first I thought it might be a caching issue but what would WP know or care about my cache? But rebooting would give me a new IP address.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Road Scholar says:

      A number of us have this issue, @road-scholar . Usually just refreshing the page will get everything up to date.Report

      • Avatar Road Scholar in reply to Kazzy says:

        Of course I know about refresh, give me a little credit here. I went to grad school studying internetworking–routing, switching, firewalls, wireless–all of that mess. Verizon is a big network and the IP address I present is going to be assigned based on what gateway I happen to be connected through that day (hour, minute). So maybe once in a while I get an address that’s in a sub-net the filter associates with a spam source. Then it just dumps my post without notification. Only thing I can figure out that makes sense anyway.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Kazzy says:

        Oh. Yea. That. [eyes glaze over… head tilts… tongue slowly extends…]Report

      • Avatar Road Scholar in reply to Kazzy says:

        Sorry, Kazz. I realize it’s easy to forget what with the truck-driving thing and all, but I really do know some shit about some things. Unexpected things.Report

      • Avatar Tod Kelly in reply to Kazzy says:

        I understood none of what you said, Road, and am just assuming on faith that it is computer related.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Kazzy says:

        The things is, I occasionally get the same random-seeming behavior (some comments publish, some set to pending, some go directly to spam, some require a captcha) while I’m in my non-mobile home, well within DHCP’s lease period. (I had to throw that last bit in to sound smart.) So my working hypothesis is that WordPress is batshit.Report

      • Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist in reply to Kazzy says:

        Last time I was in NY, I could not comment from the hotel I was at. So I’m going to agree with Schilling and say WP is batshit sometimes.Report

    • There are a couple of potential issues.

      If the comment is showing up under Gift of Gab, then it’s a caching issue. Restarting the phone/computer will fix that, but then so will closing and restarting the browser.

      If it’s not showing up under GoG, then it’s in the moderation queue. This likely is related to your IP. From there, though, it gets… complicated (more complicated than just your IP through your ISP matching a banned IP). Has this been going on for long? If not, it’s likely related to problems with our filter. If so, it might be related to banned IP’s.

      If you write a comment and it ends up in spam or moderation, WP will say that you have already submitted the comment even if it’s not showing up.

      Also, there is a caching issue. I don’t know the technical specifics,Report

      • Avatar Road Scholar in reply to Will Truman says:

        Well, I know spam filtering is usually a two-step thing–a black/white-list switch followed up with (the more computationally expensive) Bayesian scoring. And either one can look at originating IP address. Fortunately it only happens very occasionally, like two or three times since I started hanging out here. Unfortunately, it always seems to happen after I’ve pecked out a longish comment. Naturally :-P.Report

      • It’s actually more common than even that. I sent you an email. Should you reply, I will explain further.Report

      • Avatar Road Scholar in reply to Will Truman says:

        @will-truman Very interesting. Ironically I found your email in my spam folder. So I’m letting you know in case my reply ends up in yours.Report

  5. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    The good news is that my classical music posts are getting an unprecedented number of comments.Report

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