When commenting on a website or blog do your comments keep going into cyberspace? Why can’t I comment on that blog or website? Banned from a website or blog?

For weeks, months or years you have been happily participating in the comments section of your favourite blog or website.  Suddenly, you try to post a comment and find your comments keep going off into cyberspace.  Thinking the website or blog is on the fritz, you try posting your comment several times to no avail.  Alternatively, you may try posting other comments and  find those comments may or may not go through either.  Wondering what is going on?  What are the things you may want to know...when your comments don’t go through?

Technical Problems – There can be genuine technical problems with the website or blog.  Are other users commenting that comments are not posting too?  Are there no comments posted  on the site whatsoever or does this situation involve your comments only?

Censorship – The owner of the blog or website has the ability to enter key words that can block certain comments from being published.  Your comments have not gone into cyberspace, the comments are waiting for approval in the background of that website or blog.  The owner makes the choice whether to approve (publish) or delete your comment. Sometimes the censorship words are obvious like swearing, other times it may be more obscure like words not to tick off their advertisers. The censored words can be based on the owners experiences or just plain paranoia too.

Jealously – Yes it can rear its ugly head, as over time your posts or comments may be getting more attention than the blog or website owners.  The owners can block your IP address so you can’t make any comments again.  Limits can be set on the number of posts, the number of words, etc. you can post on their websites too. One way or another they will try to get you off their site.  Owners will not make public comments that they want you off their site because it makes them look unstable or bad to their advertisers and/or other users. If this is happening to you, take the hint and find another blog or website that appreciates your contributions.

Pre-approval – At any time, the owner can set up  a new commenting system that requires comments to be approved by them before they appear on their blog or website.  Are they being mean?  No.  I do this myself because I receive more pieces of spam on a daily basis than genuine comments.

Abandonment – Due to health issues the owner may have abandoned the blog or website. There could be nothing wrong with the comment you submitted, it’s just stuck in pre-approval limbo land.

Off the Deep End – Personal issues might have gotten the best of blog or website owner. Divorce, death in the family, fighting with their spouse, depression, etc.  Instead of recognizing that they should take a breather away from their blog or website, they operate in a overemotional, overstressed mode.  Comments are deleted at random, IP addresses are blocked out of the blue, their comments are odd, mad or completely non-existent, etc.  It is best to lie low and not comment when you see this happening.  If you absolutely have to comment, keep it too a bare minimum so you don’t aggravate them. You don’t want to be permanently blocked from their site, do you?

Self Destruction – The owner of a popular website or blog may be unable to tell its advertisers and users that they are fed up with their website or blog and want to shut it down.  Odd things are done on purpose over time to drive down traffic and have advertisers leave so they can eventually shut it down.

Remember…Don’t fall in love with a website or blog who doesn’t appreciate your contributions and wants to divorce you.  It may take a bit of effort to find a new website or blog that suits your needs, but you will be better off in the long run.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coconews
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 06:50:36

    Have you ever been banned or censored from commenting on a blog or website? Please tell us your story.

    Personally, I was banned from commenting on a website because I submitted a comment on how to protect your personal information when entering contests. Like turning on “private browsing” when submitting personal information, securing your facebook settings, etc. Needless to say, I found it odd that the owner of the website would not post information that would help protect their users online. Were they gathering information on their users?

  2. Myrina
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 01:40:52

    I just visited your site thingsyoumaywanttoknow.wordpress.com and I am a frequent reader of your blog.The articles of your blog is really worth reading. The quality of your content is excellent.
    After seeing this, I would like to request you something. I love to write financial articles and I would like to contribute article for your site if you’ll give me the permission. I can give you an original guest post and I assure you that it will be published only in your site. If you want, you can suggest me the topic also and I will write accordingly.

  3. coconews
    Jun 29, 2011 @ 06:04:17

    Hi Myrina,

    Sorry, I would suggest you start your own blog instead. It’s quite simple. If I find your articles complimentary to this blog, then I would have no problem linking your blog or articles to this site for additional exposure.

    Thank you

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