This blog is hosted by the amazing WordPress.
A lot of WordPress blogs are “self-hosted” which means they can add plugins (like comment preview). But this blog can only add features available to hosted customers.
Comments here are not moderated before being published.
Almost everyone who has commented here will know that comments usually appear immediately, and without the caveat: “This comment is awaiting moderation”.
If your comment does not appear it will be for one of two reasons:
- A word in the comment has been trapped by the moderation filter. This captures certain perjorative words – like “denialist”. It also captures lot of other words that indicate a less than generous spirit towards your fellow commenters. However, it also captures many innocent and good-natured comments for reasons that I don’t understand.
- WordPress has latched onto you, your IP address, your name, or your favorite footwear – and decided (incorrectly) that you are one of the many spammers in the world. At least it shows that computers are not clever enough to take over the world just yet.
My apologies if this happens.
If you are trapped in the moderation queue I get an email notification. So it might be minutes, or hours, occasionally longer, before your comment is resurrected.
If you are trapped in the spam queue I don’t get a notification. I don’t check the spam queue every day because it is dull. It is full of comments like this:
Football is a nice game and online betting on it is an exciting way to enjoy the game. As a soccer crazy fan if you want to lay your hand on the football betting and make money..
And sometimes hundreds of them.
If your comment doesn’t appear please communicate via scienceofdoom – you know what goes here – gmail.com.
WordPress does an excellent job. But they are not perfect. Some innocent and educational comments go astray here. So please contact me if your wonderful comment has not appeared.
It’s easy to trade blows on blogs. It’s harder to understand a new point of view. Or to consider that a different point of view might be right. And yet, more constructive for everyone if we take a moment, a day even, and try and really understand that other point of view. Even if it’s still wrong, we are better off for making the effort.
And sometimes others put forward points of view or “facts” that are obviously wrong and easily refuted. Pretend for a moment that they aren’t part of an evil empire of disinformation and think how best to explain the error in an inoffensive way.
I have to confess that I often forget my own admonishments with the madness that gets placed here.
Nice Formatting, or Making it Stand Out
You can add some html tags to your comments.
Here are some that work:
<i>italic text</i> – italic text
<b>bold text</b> – bold text
<blockquote>What someone else said</blockquote
What someone else said
E<sub>out</sub> = εσT<sup>4</sup> – Eout = εσT4
Greek Letters for those Pesky Equations
One approach is to find a page with Greek letters and copy and paste.
Another approach is to use this method – β – β ; Δ – Δ; and you can find a page of the codes here.
Greater Than, Less Than
If you type > into a comment field (e.g., x>5) you will see x 5. That’s because WordPress interprets the ‘>’ sign as a html symbol and so best case it gets ignored and worst case it creates some random formatting that you weren’t expecting.
If you type x > 5 you will see: x>5
If you type x < 5 you will see: x<5