Why some of you can’t post comments

Why some of you can’t post comments

Some of you may be having trouble posting Comments on blog entries. Part of the reason is that the software that runs this site has been upgraded with anti-spam enhancements. One of those protective measures is to prevent users that block or prevent “referrers” in their web browsers can’t post.

Without getting too technical, what such blocking means is that the software that runs my site isn’t being told by your web browser what page you’re trying to post a comment from. That’s a common tactic of blog spammers.

I think this often happens to users of AOL and some cable systems. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how to fix it. You might be able to get around the restriction by becoming a registered user for this site. Just look for the registration link above the first blog entry on this page.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Update: It turns out that the reason the referrers aren’t passed is because some firewall software prevents it. (Like Norton Personal Firewall). If you’re really interested in fixing this, here is how to pass referrer information. Also, here is another page for when you cannot see all of a web page. Hope some of this helps. Might also help with some other web sites too.

  • Tom,

    I’m sorry about the delay. I think that’s a function of having my server running over a cable modem connection. Download speed is fast, but upload is a lot slower. So the reply to your browser is slower.

    But rest assured that if you wait ten seconds after hitting the “submit” button, your comment should go through. I wish I could figure out a way to speed that up.

    JI – No, Todd’s computer sends all the correct info. Besides, even though I try to ignore him, I think it’s good for people to see what liberals are saying. Now if he gets offensive, he’ll be banned again.

  • As far as I’m concerned, this site’s downloading speed more than makes up for its slow (yes, it’s slow) post-a-comment speed. Other Blogs I Have Visited drive me nuts because they take forever to download.

    Generally, when I comment on this site, I hit the submit button and do something else. Works for me.

    And by the way, I completely agree with John Hearn’s statement. wink