PG has received a couple of messages that describe something he’s observed himself.
Sometimes when PG pulls up TPV and examines a post for which he knows there are comments, when he gets to the bottom of the post, there is no indication that there are a number of comments, only the “Leave a Comment” link that has, in the past, meant that if you click on the link, you’ll be the first to comment on that post.
On other posts which have comments, at the end of the post, the number of comments that have been made is shown in the manner PG expects them to appear.
He has only noticed this behavior over the past few weeks and doesn’t recall seeing it before. In some cases, it seems to come and go, 10 comments listed for a post now and nothing shown a couple of hours later.
PG hasn’t made any changes to the site, theme, etc., to which he can attribute this behavior.
PG has archived about the oldest 20% of the posts on TPV (quite old ones) over the past few weeks simply to reduce the size of the TPV database, but has noticed that the number of comments (over 300,000) have not diminished on the TPV admin dashboard although he would have expected that archiving the posts might do something similar with the related comments.
Clearing his browser cache, opening TPV in a different browser, etc., haven’t yielded any useful information about this odd behavior.
Since PG’s plate has been full lately, he hasn’t had a chance to research the problem, but hopes to find time to do so soon.
For those who have left comments, but haven’t seen them show up in the “XX comments” line below the posts, PG has discovered that, if he clicks on the “Leave a Comment” link below a post that doesn’t indicate that there are any comments, he sometimes finds comments that have been made relative to that post.
That’s not a very efficient solution to this problem, however.
If anyone knows what’s causing this behavior or can point PG to potential causes or solutions, PG would appreciate you leaving a comment to this post. It would save him time spent looking for information online and get things running right around this joint again.