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Are You Having Trouble Getting Comments Posted?

The TAC tech team is trying to get to the bottom of the problem a number of commenters have had getting their comments posted. In the past, when you’ve let me know that your comment didn’t post, in most cases I’ve been able to go to the spam folder and free it up. Lately, though, there’s nothing in the spam folder.

If you’ve had this problem lately and don’t mind my passing your contact information on to our tech team, please write me at rod — at — amconmag — dot — com, and put COMMENT PROBLEM in the subject line. I’ll forward it on, and our guys will e-mail if they need more information from you.

Thanks, and I’m sorry for the difficulty.

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8 Comments To "Are You Having Trouble Getting Comments Posted?"

#1 Comment By EngineerScotty On July 10, 2017 @ 3:45 pm

Still occasionally have issues with the Javascript ads crashing the browser. Seems to be worst on Firefox.

#2 Comment By Fr. Herman Schick On July 10, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

Probably the Russians!

#3 Comment By Wes On July 10, 2017 @ 5:37 pm

While they are at it, please beg them to loosen up the “prove you are not a robot” questions.

#4 Comment By Charles Cosimano On July 10, 2017 @ 7:57 pm

I agree with Wes. I don’t get the questions very often and when I do they are more nuisance than a barrier, but I can imagine someone not from the US having a very hard time figuring them out.

#5 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On July 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Expanding on what Wes said… I have been thinking for a while of writing a diatribe somewhere about “The Tyranny of Recaptcha.”

OK, we understand, without some sort of gatekeeping software, robots would pile up huge amounts of spam, and it would become impossible to run any kind of comment section.

But, this function has been almost universally outsourced to some outfit that doesn’t even attempt to explain itself, acts in what appears to be an arbitrary and capricious manner, making us jump through all kinds of hoops, uses language that could be interpreted several ways (e.g., is a sign on a restaurant a “street sign” or is this a trick to fool a robot that can’t tell the difference? There is no appeal, and there is no access to even a well known site without jumping through these hoops. And it might recycle 4-5 times with no explanation of what the software thinks is wrong with a perfectly human response.

So yes, that all needs to be looked at.

#6 Comment By artsandcrafts On July 11, 2017 @ 2:27 am

My comments are posting successfully (although I don’t comment that much), but like Engineer Scotty, I have the problem with Javascript ads crashing the browser. I use Safari.

#7 Comment By Wes On July 11, 2017 @ 10:27 am

Another tough one: Does the base of a street sign, the part that goes all the way to the ground, count as a “street sign”? Should you select the square that includes the appendages of the street sign?

Sometimes I get this strange request to fill in almost every little pixel of what it’s asking for me to highlight. Each click of the mouse fills in an area that is roughly the same size of the pointer on my screen. It is really bizarre.

#8 Comment By Charlieford On July 13, 2017 @ 12:52 am

The autoplay ads of late keep hijacking the page, dragging it back to the as after you’ve scrolled past it to read. If that keeps up, it’s going to be bad.