Comments are moderated

Comments on were always much better than on the rest of the Internet. I attribute this in part to my policy to only keep comments published with a full name.

When I migrated to WordPress, I switched on comment moderation. I needed to approve every person only once and things would run smoothly. A while ago, I had a few people who wanted to test my tolerance, for instance by publishing comments under my own name. Then I switched off auto moderation, and now I must approve every single comment.

That means it may take a little while for your comment to appear. But it also relieves me from deleting comments that have already been published.

There was a grace period where I would inform you if you “forgot” to enter your full name, but that ends now. I just trash the comment.

Spam comments far outnumber regular comments, but Akismet takes care of them. There is quite a bit of housekeeping going on when you allow other people to post to your website without authorization.

This website is more than 20 years old, and I have never used your mail addresses for anything put sending you a direct reply. I don’t to newsletters, I do not keep a list of commenters, I don’t track visitors, I don’t run advertisements, I do not do advertorials.

In summary: this place should not even exist. And that is why it does.


Ihr seht bei manchen Kommentaren kleine Bilder. Die kommen von Gravatar. Dort habe ich mich vor vielen Jahren registriert und habe eine zentrale Stelle, an der ich mein Profilbild ändern kann. Ich benutze gerne das selbe Photo überall. Mein Profil sieht man hier. Der Match geht über die Email-Adresse. Man kann auch mehr als eine hinterlegen.

Gravatar gehört zu Automattic, die auch hosten. Da wohnt auch die Status-Seite für vowe dot net: Für den Fall, dass diese Seite mal nicht erreichbar ist, schreibe ich dort hin, was gerade passiert.

Comment rules

Nothing has changed. I still want you to be respectful, informative, kind, and charming. And I want you to use your full name. If you cannot use your full name, don’t comment.

This may be difficult to understand. “Volker Weber” is a full name. “Volker W” is not, neither is “V. Weber”, nor “vowe”. You are welcome.

Something has changed: I am moderating comments. They get published after I approve them. If you commented before, I auto-approve your comment, but I revise every single one. And I will not hesitate to unapprove.

I hope this works well for all of us.

Comments need approval. Try it.

I have decided I want to make things easy for friends and hard for others. Therefore, all comments go into an approval queue. Then I get an email to tell me I need to approve. Which I will do at my earliest convenience.

The good news is, that all your future comments will be pre-approved. So I need to do it only once for each of you. Go ahead and try the comments. Then we will get over it very quickly.

On the front page, your comment link is may be to the left of the post. You will find that your ad blocker may remove those comments. I suggest you disable your ad blocker for since I won’t be running any ads here anyway.

If you want a photo next to your comment, register your mail address at