1. Jeff Chandler

    This is just a note that I’m aware of the fact that because of the way our theme is, it doesn’t tell you anything after you’ve submitted your comment. I’m working on a fix as it’s a terrible user experience.


    • Ryan Hellyer

      I thought that was a caching issue.


    • Mark Simchock

      Some sort of comment CAPTCHA (if you will) would be cool. That is, in the sense, someone reads an anon comment (name, etc. hidden) and determines if it’s kosher or not. The point being, this could help lift some of the burden off the site owners / admins. Kinda reminds me of wanting to use basic BuddyPress as an intra-site commenting platform.

      I’m not exactly sure how it would work in practice, but in theory is kinda makes sense.

      All that said, why not Disqus?


    • Justin Tadlock

      The missing comment moderation message issue is high on my to-do list. It’s fixed in my local dev copy. I just need to get the changes pushed live. In the meantime, please use the fix posted. I’ll even add it to your theme myself if you want.


  2. nick6352683

    Makes sense, although I have a feeling that in a day or two, when/if you post about the new proposed shortcuts API, you will have your hands full…


  3. Neo

    I was already scratching my brain and began to believe i became senile as i thought i had posted, but since i did not see it i began to doubt about it…. :-)

    thanks for lettings us know.


  4. David Bisset

    Very glad to see this Jeff. Definitely a positive step.

    Personally I thought you should have made this bold: “Please do not publicly report comments using social media such as Facebook or Twitter.” :-)


  5. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    As much of a pain in the butt it is to moderate all comments, most popular sites hit a point where they simply have to resort to such measures, lest they lose not only commenters but credibility. The truth is that your comments reflect your site. I’ve always advocated a firm had with comments and tried to make sure I’m attentive and sensitive to other people and how a seemingly innocuous comment may be phrased poorly. Or perhaps phrased intentionally poorly.

    Thank you for doing this, Jeff.


  6. Jeffrey

    I will try to be a law abiding citizen.:-)


  7. Jason Lemieux

    Hey Jeff,

    I appreciate you making the policy CC0. We’ll share it with our users for sure. We’re in the midst of putting together a mini site that focuses on native commenting best practices and a section on policies is part of it. This will be a great start. Cheers!


  8. Ryan Hellyer

    Suggestion: When an entire novel is submitted as a comment, perhaps you should chop out one interesting bit from it and add [ABRIDGED] to it like newspapers and magazines sometimes do with letters to the editor. That’d at least let the comment be shown, but make it clear that the rest of it was just fluff.


    • octopixell

      And then who decides what is fluff and what is interesting? That’d make for a subjective and monotonous comment section don’t u think? Instead I’d make it a rule in the policy that when you do post a novel; there has to be a TL;DR at the bottom haha :)


  9. twsjonathan

    Good stuff Jeff, and a smart move.


  10. Mel Choyce

    This is rad ?


  11. Al

    Often the comments are more interesting than the article that sparks them! I often think that comment sections are like NASCAR in that people come to see the crashes :-) Moderation is probably necessary on a board a popular as this one, but sometimes the fights are are fun to read too!


  12. starkravingcoder

    The policy is unfortunate. I’m an adult and I don’t need Jeff or anyone else to protect me from ideas and words I don’t agree with or particularly like.

    Sure remove offensive stuff after the fact, but “we won’t let you see anything we don’t think you should see” is paternalistic and demeaning. It also suggests a hidden desire to control the narrative and prevent dissenting voices.


  13. Bruce Maples

    Very much appreciate you sharing this, AND making it something we can use for our own sites. I am getting ready to launch a political site, and I KNOW we’re going to need moderation (in many ways). This is probably going to be one of the first things we post, and I may make it sticky for, like, a year or two. :-)


  14. James Huff

    Thanks for publishing this, and for offering it under such an open license! It’s nice to see more and more of the larger sites out there taking a stand for the quality of their community as well as their content.


  15. David McCan

    Jeff, I think this is a good move. Too often I have seen authors approve inappropriate comments because they do not want to censor anyone or control the conversation. The comment is not “spam”, so they let it through.

    When you have people from many different cultures and backgrounds trying to communicate, and you want them to feel able to get involved, you have to go for the highest common denominator, which is being respectful and polite.

    Rather than use the contact form to inform the author of a comment problem, I would suggest a “report a problem” button or link in the comments section, perhaps discretely under each comment next to the “Reply” button.


  16. James

    Awesome! This will seriously reduce the amount of lawyer-threatening-bad-words-emails I have to send ;)


  17. Jan Dembowski

    Hey Jeff, I’m a bit late but I wanted to chime in: Thanks for doing this. I think it’s great that you’ve taken this on. Comment moderation is a drag but I think it will lead to better conversations.


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