I don’t really mess with this blog too much but sometimes it messes with me. A bit. Like… right now.
It all goes back to this new (?) batch of spammers who’ve been leaving me links to Biblical critiques and porn. I don’t know what to make of this – what kind of algorithm gives you the Bible and Hot Babes Hard Core in one shot? And why would you think I or my readers would be interested? Actually, don’t answer that. Too disturbing.
Anyway, the upshot is that I’ve been handing Akismet a whole new set of people to block and it’s spilled over to legit comments as it sometimes unfortunately comes to pass. So a bunch of you have left me comments over the past couple of weeks and been unfairly identified as spam. This means you’ve either got a Spam Twin or else you’re Sleep Spamming or maybe you just pissed someone off on WordPress and they’re feverishly running around identifying you as an evildoer. I don’t know which it is.
I do know that I’m not the one marking you as spam. So if you’ve left a comment and not seen it appear, it’s not coz I don’t like you and want you to go away – it’s because there’s an Akismet shaped wall between our beating hearts and I didn’t know it. However, now I know and hopefully it’s been fixed.
Thus far, I’ve rescued Sue and Ashutosh but I don’t know if there are more of you out there. So I thought I’d write this and tell you all that if something doesn’t show up, it’s because the gremlins are feasting on it. I didn’t do it. Unless, of course, you were an obnoxious little buttwipe of an anon in which case – yes, I deleted you. But to be fair, there’s only been one of those so far, minor irritants not counting. Which is pretty incredible given that this blog’s been running for a year. (I know, I’m asking for it!)
But… this brings up another issue. I just realized there’s no way you can let me know you’re having problems. I’ve really resisted putting in contact information for a long time now coz I figured it was unnecessary but this latest hiccup means any complaint you might have would also go into the spam queue. Which I check every so often but not obsessively. Ergo, dilemma.
So here’s a choice: do you guys think I should put up my contact info on the sidebar or should I put in a contact page? Any feedback would be much appreciated.
PS – If you’ve put in a link of any sort in your comment and it doesn’t immediately show up then don’t freak out coz all posts with links in them are automatically held for moderation.