For more than two years commenters have complained that their comments disappeared and several of you have asked me if I’ve barred you. In fact, some people seemed quite hurt. I have been as mystified as you, as far as I knew I had never knowingly barred anyone. I put it down to the switch-over from Blogger to Google and blamed Google’s high-handedness.
Not so, I was wrong.
I have now found out that years ago I installed comment moderation after 4 days, which I then promptly forgot about. 4 days does seem rather mean, people don’t always visit a blog the moment a new post is written and the trolls, whom I wanted to discourage by the installation of moderation, usually wait a bit longer.
Because the instruction to moderate came from me Apple didn’t overrule me and the Comments Sections “Awaiting Moderation” and “Spam” filled up to overflowing with hundreds (literally) of unread comments to my blogposts. I have now retrieved many of them and hope they have settled into their allotted slots under the relevant posts. There are still several hundred to go which I will deal with as soon as I can.
Some of the commenters aren’t regulars, no wonder you only wrote in once or twice. I am very sorry for not having acknowledged your comments. Quite a few of the then regulars have also disappeared, I don’t blame you at all.
Sincere apologies all round, I will certainly do better in future.