Don’t worry, we understand the frustration. But it’s linked to the level of spam protection on the site – a handful of posts every day wrongly being set aside for mod approval before appearing is the price we pay for fending off a vast quantity of robo-spam. We’ll always check the Pending section and retrieve real posts as soon as we’re around.
All comments should now have been restored.
For the avoidance of doubt, it is not our view that Dan was trolling.
Moderator commented on the post, 7 percent of Australian Catholic priests accused of abuse 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Thanks, Alan. The original link should be working now.
I had a link but I don’t think the moderator liked it.
The moderator hadn’t seen it. The system has various automatic anti-spam measures and sometimes/frequently/usually puts comments with links to one side, pending moderator approval. That’s what had happened in this case, and we’ve now approved it. If it happens again, you just need to b…[Read more]
Dan, your comment has not been deleted. Nor has it been set aside by the system as spam or requiring mod approval. Forgetting to “Post comment” does seem the likeliest solution to the riddle!
Yes, the appearing and disappearing is a bit strange, Olgun. We’re as puzzled as you are!
The moderation isn’t flaky, Phil! We’re just a very long way into the thread, which means there has been plenty of opportunity for the OP to be discussed and, in keeping with long-established practice, we’re now allowing it to morph into a more general, though still related, discussion for as long as it remains thoughtful and broadly relevant.
I don’t know why sometimes when I post an article with a link in it it gets through straight away and other times it gets blocked for moderation. Hopefully what I posted a while back will appear in due course.
We’ve cleared it now.
Moderator commented on the post, 10 Easy Ways You Can Tell For Yourself That The Earth Is Round 1 month, 1 week ago
Thank you to those who have answered Matt’s question.
Questions like these are sometimes from trolls, it’s true – in which case that will become apparent within a few posts; but sometimes they’re from people who are genuinely asking for an explanation – in which case he is quite right that this is the perfect place to ask, since we are fortunate…[Read more]
Moderator commented on the post, Exhilarating, combative narrative of gene’s-eye view of life 1 month, 1 week ago
No, no problem, Maria. It had been put aside by the system because it contained links, but we’ve approved it now.
Moderator commented on the post, The Atlantic Ocean and an Actual Debate in Climate Science 1 month, 2 weeks ago
You don’t need to either click Facebook or share the article in order to read it – the social media icons are simply there to make it easy to share should you wish to do so.
To access the full article, you simply need to click on the name of its source – which can always be found in the grey box immediately to the right of the orange box…[Read more]
For some time now every discussion on this site about climate change has been hijacked by one user’s fixation on the subject of overpopulation. We do not believe there is anyone on this site who denies that population is a factor, but it is not acceptable to have every discussion about actions that can be taken to convince…[Read more]
Moderator commented on the post, Did historical Jesus really exist? The evidence just doesn’t add up. 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Feel free to stay, discuss and argue, but in your own words, please.
Thank you Alan4discussion, #59. And with that comment we will draw that exchange to a halt.
Melvyn, the site is not here for idle chatter or the mere self-indulgence of being able to pontificate to a wider audience than one would have at home. This is a science site, an activity belonging to a foundation for Reason and Science.…[Read more]
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