Comment Posting Issues

December 11th, 2019 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

I continue to have comment posting problems here.

First, I did an update of all the WordPress plugins a couple days ago, and I immediately became locked out of the website. I could not even ftp in to disable the plugins. The web hosting company had to restore my access.

Secondly, some people have noted that their comments are held for moderation for no apparent reason. This has been a continuing problem for a long time. I have a limited number of key words and people I automatically screen out, but there are many more cases where there is no apparent reason for the comment to be rejected.

If you have the latter problem, try posting your comment in parts (Part 1 of 3, Part 2 of 3…). Let me know by email when you have a small section of comment that will not post so I can see what might be tripping the filter. (I see a LOT of actual spam that has as little as one sentence of irrelevant content, and I have no idea how the algorithm flagged it.) Anthony Watts once told me he has similar problems.

Sorry for the difficulties.

26 Responses to “Comment Posting Issues”

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  1. John King says:

    I had the same problem on my WordPress site. Turned out it was a plugin called MOJO marketplace that had a keyword blacklist built into it that was overriding everything. Once I turned it off, comments stopped going into Spam or Trash. Found a forum discussion on this at

    Also, under Settings > Discussion, the Moderation and Blacklist keyword fields are very touchy. Read what it says about adding keywords:

    It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress”.

    I had the word cialis in there and it kept blocking comments with words like “specialist”. There are more examples. I finally turned off Askimet, cleared out the Discussion settings keyword lists, and installed the Anti-spam by CleanTalk (no affiliation) plugin.

    It’s cheap and you can set it on auto-pilot and never have to moderate comments again. And you can get rid of keywords. It even has personalized blacklists and whitelists.

    As for comments with irrelevant content, that’s because spammers use the Website field to put in a site they want you to visit, like for handbags. And you can’t turn off the Website field without some sort of mod or plugin. You can also switch to Disqus, which is free and will import your existing WordPress comments.

  2. Glenn Dixon says:


    Long-term you might want to consider moving off of WordPress. I’ve had to delete plugin folders manually so many times…not to mention the new ‘Gutenberg’ mayhem. I always hated the comment system as well. I’m using a static generator now, but there are plenty of WYSIWYG options out there.

    Good luck!

  3. Ken says:

    I’ve been wondering if its cookies that are responsible. I’ve made one remark then the next gets blocked. Then, if I clear the cookies, usually because a cookie to one website or other is causing bandwidth issues, I am able to post here again. It is frustrating.

  4. Ken says:

    2nd Post. I’ve also wondered if its a Windows 10 issue. Worst operating system ever; its constantly using up my bandwidth updating itself.

  5. gbaikie says:

    I generally don’t email, but I was considering it, and I was looking for email address at site. And then I noticed:
    Global Warming Theory in a Nutshell
    (Updated June 3, 2019)

    And I do tend to be distracted, and so this part:

    “Averaged over the whole planet for 1 year, the energy flows in and out of the climate system are estimated to be around 235 to 240 watts per square meter. We don’t really know for sure because our global observations from spaceborne satellite instruments are not accurate enough to measure those flows of radiant energy.”

    I didn’t think the range was that large and I thought maybe it was not due to inaccurate measurements.
    [[First I cursed, but then I thought maybe it’s wasn’t just a matter of incompetency.]

    So, question: does it seems possible, that Earth simply doesn’t have constant amount that it absorbs?
    So, it not inadequate measurement- or not only, inadequate measurement?

    • Well, of course the amount absorbed and emitted isn’t exactly constant. It varies by an unknown amount from year to year, probably a few W/m2. My point is that no matter what the average is over, say, 1 year, we do not know the value of that average to better than about 5-10 W/m2. That is bigger than the supposed radiative forcing due to humans. The reason recent warming is blamed on humans is because its is ASSUMED the climate system would normally be in a natural state of energy balance. But that is circular reasoning.

      • Stephen P Anderson says:

        A very “delicate” balance with little resiliency. We wouldn’t be here if the planet and its systems were designed (I know designed is a bad word) that way.

  6. Comments might be working again.

  7. Richard Greene says:

    Due to Russian hacking, or collusion, I assume, WordPress does some unusual things.

    When I originally type a comment, it is absolutely brilliant — post-PhD level — with no spelling or grammar errors.

    After I press the “Submit Comment” button, WordPress deliberately converts my masterpiece into what you see — the climate change denying ranting and raving of a street corner village idiot.

    Could you please look into that “glitch” ?

  8. Konrad says:

    Dr Spencer, what would be helpful is a list of the banned words or phrases.

    Trying to edit text multiple times to get around an unquantified filter often leads commentors to give up, stifling scientific discussion.

  9. Bindidon says:

    Well I don’t understand these opinions against WordPress.

    Simply because all the problems we commenters have here do not exist at e.g. WUWT or Climate Etc either.

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  11. dp says:

    The WordPress blocking words tool is a simple pattern match so you have to be careful your patterns are not subsets of larger allowed words. For example, (ignore the spaces in the example word as they allow the example to pass most blocking filters)

    c i a l i s (without the spaces) is a subset of specialist.

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    Current Stretch: 39 days
    2019 total: 276 days (78%)

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