Some visitors to this Church of the Churchless blog have problems with leaving a comment on a post. Usually this is due to the comment being identified by Typepad, my blogging service, as "spam."
When this happens, I need to approve the comment after checking the spam section of the blog's comment file. I try to remember to do this daily, and when possible, several times a day.
Just realize that sometimes I'm away from my computer for quite a while, so I'm unable to check the spam section. And sometimes I forget to do this, being busy with other things. Rest assured that I should find a wrongly-identified spam comment within a day or two, and publish it.
Here's some tips and observations about leaving a comment:
Best to log-in with a Typepad account. I suspect that logging in with a Typepad account makes it more likely that a comment will be published smoothly. I have to do this myself when I want to leave a comment. This is the first option shown in the "Post a comment" box when you click on "comments" at the bottom of a post.
Here's a link that should lead to the page where you can create a free Typepad account. If the link is broken, just click on the Typepad icon in the "Post a comment" box. Here's what the page looks like. Note that you can choose what name to have displayed. I'm pretty sure that this doesn't have to be your real name, if you're concerned about confidentiality.
Or, log-in with another account. As shown above, you also can log-in with a Facebook, Twitter, Googgle+, and a number of other accounts. As noted above, this should increase the chances that a comment will be published smoothly, since your identity will be confirmed.
Don't try to publish a comment repeatedly. A few commenters on this blog try to publish a comment repeatedly after Typepad doesn't publish it. This leads to numerous repeated comments in the spam section. This makes it more difficult for me to check the spam section, since I have scroll through what sometimes is a long list of lengthy comments wrongly identified as spam to look for other valid comments.
And every time I click on "publish," the spam page refreshes, so to find another wrongly identified comment I have to scroll through a bunch of repeated comments that I've already looked at.
So the lesson, as noted above, is to log-in either with a Typepad account, or one of the other accounts.This should decrease the chance that a comment is correctly identified as spam.
I suspect that when someone tries to repeatedly publish a comment, the Typepad commenting software will consider this as an increased sign that the comment is spam, but I could be wrong about this. Still, if a comment doesn't appear the first time, doing the same thing again probably won't make the comment appear.
Make sense with your comments. I rarely unpublish comments. This only happens if a spam comment makes it through the spam filter; if a comment is nonsensical; if a comment is in a foreign language; or if a comment crosses the line into an excessive personal insult or profanity (very rare, thankfully).
Here's an example of a comment that I unpublished because it couldn't be understood: "will use his phantasy MUST BE will lose his phantasy which = with it's ups"
Let me know if you've followed these tips and still can't post a comment. Send me an email via the link in the right sidebar, describing in as much detail as possible what you did in attempting to post a comment. I'll share that info with Typepad support staff and hopefully they can figure out what the problem is.