Blog housekeeping

One last word on comments

I forgot to mention in my comment policy yesterday a couple of things that people commenting here should know. Because of our comment spam problem, filters at most of the blogs at ScienceBlogs are set up such that putting more than two hyperlinks in a comment will automatically trigger a filter that will flag the comment for moderation, regardless of any other factors. In addition, there are also a variety of keywords and PERL regular expressions that I have added to the filters to catch additional spam that might occasionally catch legitimate comments unintentionally. I mention this now because while I am at this meeting the next three days it is quite likely that I will only be checking my blog once a day in the evening before I crash for the night. That means that during the next few days it will probably take me much longer than normal to approve any comments that get flagged for moderation by the spam filters. All other comments should appear immediately as usual.

So, if you post a comment and it doesn’t show up right away, don’t get disturbed or upset. It may take me up to a day to approve it. If it still isn’t there 24 hours later, then worry.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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