Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

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I have heard from some of you that your comments are not being posted. Please know that under the new software, a change I am not happy with for many reasons, I am no longer in charge of editing comments. This change does not please me because now comments that are edgier or more irreverent than I feel comfortable with are being posted. There is the Report Abuse button option to get them pulled on the comment, but that takes a day or two.

Yesterday morning I wrote a lengthy reply to 2 comments on my blog Obama: "You can keep your doctor." Can you? I checked. I can't   and clicked the send button. Nothing happened. Later in the day I checked again, still nothing. Why?, I wondered.

Well, I asked Mark Maley, my go-to guy at the Journal Sentinel. Here is his reply:

"There are really only two reasons a comment doesn't get posted to a blog. If it's more than 2,000 characters or if there's a flagged word, like an obscenity or borderline obscenity."

He later added, "...we need to do a better job of telling people that. The weird thing is that the comment that is too long just never shows up in the back end of the system."

So, there you have it. My comment disappeared. If your comment never showed up and you didn't include any objectionable words, was it too long?

I would suggest that before hitting the send button, just copy over into Word and do a character count. (I should have done that yesterday!) If it is too long, break it into 2 parts and submit separately.

Of course I wish I still had comment control. I don't care for the nasty, personal attacking tone in many of the comments posted. Frankly, I think allowing writers anonymity can bring out the worst in some people. They will often say things in a comment that they would never say to your face or if their real name was on it.

If I had my way, my standard of comment acceptance would be this: No CRUDE, LEWD, or RUDE comments will be posted.

Another blog I came across had this comment criteria: "As I've told my readers before, Comments personally attacking or cursing will be deleted. Anything you wouldn't say to your own mother or a stranger on the street disqualifies you from engaging in discussion here. "



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