Comments are NOT automatically posted! When you submit a comment, it goes into a moderation queue, which only I may see. I read all comments submitted.
I travel often to areas where the Internet is not easy to access, and I rarely check email on weekends, therefore, it may take several days before a comment is posted.
When I approve a blog comment, it becomes public and absolutely anyone with Internet access can read the comment. If you submit a comment to my blog, you are acknowledging that you understand that the comment can be made public, by me, along with any identifying information you have submitted.
I approve and post comments that are obviously on-topic for the blog on which the comment has been submitted, even if those comments disagree with my point of view.
I do not approve comments on blogs when the comment is just a rehash of what has already been said, over and over. That’s why most of the comments submitted on the blog What online community-service is and is not are rejected by me, because they are from people obviously either employees of the companies I am criticizing or people that were hoping to pay (or did pay) a fee for a piece of paper claiming they had finished their court-ordered community service, which they will not be doing or haven’t done, and they are angry my blog has the potential to make the court realize they’ve been fooled. Such comments never address my criticisms of these companies.
I also do not post comments that are criticisms of my intelligence, physical appearance, heritage or gender, or other comments meant purely to demean and humiliate. That’s another reason why most of the comments submitted on the blog What online community-service is and is not are rejected by me.
I do not post comments that I feel are just meant to advertise something – like a seminar, software, event, company, whatever – rather than to actually add to a conversation.
If a comment is rejected, I usually don’t write the author and let them know. People that submit a comment that is off-topic, that is meant to demean or humiliate me, that is just a repetition of what’s already been said, or that is just an advertisement for something don’t deserve such courtesy.
I sometimes take a submitted comment and turn it into a blog. Here is an example of when I’ve done that.