Your Comment Is Awaiting Moderation

There was a period of time in my life (most of it) where people who use the bathroom and don’t wash their hands were my biggest pet peeve. Well times are a changin’ (yesterday).

My newest and greatest pet peeve is seeing the words, Your Comment Is Awaiting Moderation after I place a comment on someone’s website. Obviously I want visitors to this website and I learned that one way to drive traffic to your site is by visiting other blogs and leaving comments. I even went so far as to read a blog post by Lorelle on how to leave better comments. Comments that get noticed by the blog owner and by other readers at their site.

I’m not so much a product of the instant gratification, can’t wait for later, microwave generation. I’m actually very patient and I realize if traffic comes to this blog with the name that would drive most visitors away anyway; it will take time.

I think one of the main reasons I hate it so much is my own stupidity. For instance, I searched WordPress for shrimp recipes (one of my favorite foods). The search returned a list that fit my search parameters but the posts could be over five years old and the blogger no longer is posting.

So, in my ignorance, I fill out a long drawn out comment on how the recipe would fit my taste buds perfectly. How I could see my girlfriend licking her fingers after the meal and praising the chef as we entertain our football fanatic friends. I continue on how nice the photography is and then hit submit.

Your comment is awaiting moderation appears as the site reloads. Then and only then do I see that this particular post was posted on June 6, 2004. Looking at the rest of the site I notice that the blogger hasn’t posted since September 2008. My 100 word comment is never going to be seen by anyone.

I do understand the spammy reasons for moderation but that doesn’t make it any more bearable. So much for my SEO.



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  12. #12 by Jia on December 11, 2011 - 10:34 AM

    :D haha, completely understand how you feel!

    • #13 by Tom Baker on December 11, 2011 - 11:14 AM

      Jia, I’m sure lots of people can relate. It is good to see you here again. I’ve been meaning to send you an email. I’ll do it right now.

  13. #14 by Mickah on August 10, 2011 - 7:17 AM

    A friend was complaining about this on her blog and I didn’t understand what she was talking about. Thanks for educating me.

  14. #15 by Karina King on December 7, 2010 - 1:12 PM

    I really hate this. I don’t comment alot on blogs and I know it helps against spam but I hate it!

  15. #16 by cursemymetalbody on August 24, 2010 - 1:13 PM

    I used to have my blog set up like this for about two months; the first comment I ever received was a spam comment haha. I got over my fear of spammers though, and I definitely agree, it’s frustrating to see that while commenting. I think if someone really doesn’t like what someone says they can just delete it, but if it isn’t profane or a spam comment, then you might as well let people have their free speech. Love your blog by the way!

    • #17 by Tom Baker on August 24, 2010 - 1:42 PM

      I realize some spammers do leave profane and sexual comments and some blogs are set up mainly for family. I understand that if a site is blessed with lots of visitors and comments, some may be spam and who wants to delete ten spam everyday? Although it might be nice to have that problem!

      • #18 by cursemymetalbody on August 25, 2010 - 9:22 AM

        Yeah that’s a good point. I guess you and I are both lucky that our sites aren’t necessary “family” sites (they aren’t inappropriate either, but sometimes mature content comes up); that way if we get any of those naughty spammers it may not offend people as much.

        I haven’t had a spammer since my first one (thankfully), so I’m very glad I have turned off privacy setting on my comments :)

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  17. #20 by Inspired Heart on November 10, 2009 - 10:00 PM

    I made a comment to someone’s blog 3 days ago, and it’s still “awaiting moderation”. Hey do you guys need a techie who can write code to block people who write swear words so you don’t have to physically READ each new post????? This is really hampering communication!

    • #21 by Tom Baker on November 11, 2009 - 5:01 AM


      From your Dashboard go down to settings and click on discussion. Toward the bottom is a text box where you can add any words you want to not appear in your comments. Any comment with those words will be held in moderation for you to delete. Thanks for commenting.

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