I have The Passive Voice set up so I have to OK the first comment from someone who has not had an approved comment before. I try to check regularly during most days, so if you’re a newbie, your comment should appear relatively soon after you post it.
If you’re commenting from the hemisphere that includes Europe, Asia and Africa, I usually check comments early in the U.S. morning and approve any that come in overnight.
After one approved comment, any comments you make thereafter are automatically approved, subject to later zapping for egregiousness.
Once in awhile, I discover a valid comment that gets caught in the spam filter. However, sometimes I don’t have the time to check everything in the spam bucket before deleting, so don’t be offended if you make a comment and it doesn’t show up. Shoot me an email via the Contact page if you think your comments are not appearing when they should.
The rules on comments are simple. You can disagree with me or others, but be reasonably civil and non-abusive. Don’t demean or insult others. I’m a bit old-fashioned on language, but if you want to use asterisks or a substitute word, that solves my problem. I use a plugin that catches some language and inserts its own asterisks.
As is obvious, The Passive Voice is generally about writing, publishing and the people who do it. I’m not going to be a Nazi about on-topic, etc., but if you want to talk about investing in gold coins, your bargain-basement SEO consulting fees or enhanced sexual prowess, please take those conversations elsewhere.
If you’re an author, publisher, agent, etc., a low-key commercial announcement is OK from time to time, but don’t go crazy. I don’t mind relevant links in comments, but will zap comments and commenters that link to spam.
My spam filter catches zillions of spam comments each day. If you’re a spammer and somehow get through, I’ll send your comments to the Delta Quadrant and sic all the Nigerian princesses on you.