The Comment Conundrum

I call it the Comment Conundrum.  And by conundrum I refer to 2B:

“an intricate and difficult problem”

So just what is the conundrum? Well it appears that I am suddenly unable to comment on not just one blog but many, or at least I am unable to do so from my home office. I am not sure when I first noticed that my comments weren’t appearing on posts until around late Tuesday night. Initially I thought that my comments might be held for moderation so I waltzed around the net and tried posting in many different places and found that on most I was unable to do so.

For a moment I stopped and scratched my head- tried to determine just what was going on. I am tech savvy but not an IT professional by any means. I tried using Dr. Google to see if the sages contained therein might have some answers for me. I searched high and low but found just a couple of things that seemed to make sense. Went and clicked through on a few of them and found a suggestion that maybe my IP had been blacklisted.

A blacklist? What happened? Have I been transported back in time? Am I being investigated by HUAC and Senator McCarthy? WTF I thought, this makes no sense to me. So I decided to ask for help. I used ancient technology known as a landline and contacted AT&T. Good old AT&T who took 90 minutes of my time to determine that they didn’t have a freaking clue as to why I seem to have been locked out.

It is strange and bizarre this occurrence and I don’t get it. But to be honest I don’t have a lot of faith in the help that I received from the fine folks at AT&T. It is not a knock against the first tier or second tier support but something seems off here and I am not quite sure what. Technology is a funny thing and I won’t be surprised if the comment conundrum disappears as quickly as it arrived or if it stays a while longer.

Pretty weird stuff if you ask me. Not as important as so many other things, but important enough for me to take a moment of my time to mention it here. And if it should come to pass that you find 129 comments from me on one post, well I apologize profusely.  I tried a number of things and failed to fix it. And then just for good measure I gave Remote Access to a rep who spoke limited English but knew enough to keep trying to post comments on a few blogs.

Good times.

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  • http://www.thejackb.com/ Jack

    Singapore Escort- I need and excuse to fly on Singapore Airlines. Every time I see their ad for the full reclining seat I get excited. ;)

  • http://www.absenceofalternatives.com subWOW

    OMG. Is it because of me??!! I just released 3 of your comments from the Akismet Jail on my blog today. I am so sorry! *handing over wet noodles*

    One of the spam comments next to yours was Singapore Escort. I hope your comment had a rocking good time with “her”.

  • http://lickthefridge.com Jared Karol

    hope it gets figured out soon, Jack. This would drive me nucking futs, and I probably don’t have nearly the patience or tech savvy to try to figure it out. . .

    • http://www.thejackb.com/ Jack

      Hi Jared,

      Don’t know how or why it happened, but it appears to be better than it was.

  • http://ninabadzin.com Nina Badzin

    I saw you on my blog today, so did it all get fixed??? Very strange!

    • http://www.thejackb.com Jack

      I am not completely sure if it is fixed across the board or not.

  • http://neeroc.wordpress.com/ Neeroc

    I had to fish your comment out of spam. I’ve seen others tweeting that many of their previously approved commenters are now ending in spam, so I’m wondering if WP went bonkers…or is it blogspot for you too?

    • http://www.thejackb.com/ Jack

      At the moment it seems to be the WP blogs. I have heard from more than a few people that my comments were in their spam folders.

  • http://simplyjews.blogspot.com/ SnoopyTheGoon

    “A blacklist? Have I been transported back in time? Am I being investigated by HUAC and Senator McCarthy?”

    Yes, yes and yes. This happens to all who invest too much in their blog’s bells and whistles. No worries, it will pass…

    • http://www.thejackb.com/ Jack

      All things shall pass- hopefully smoothly. ;)