Update: Unfortunately the new spam-prevention tool was unable to prevent “smart spam” (spam from real people — usually SEO firms — rather than bots) and we were hit with a bunch of it on this blog and my freelance writing blog in the last few days. It was since removed, but as a result I’ve had to implement first comment moderation again. That means your first comment on this blog should be moderated. But once you’ve had your first comment approved, future comments should publish immediately as long as they don’t raise any of the spam flags (like too many in-comment links).
Due to the current ongoing conversation on a recent post, I’ve decided to change our comment spam filter here at All Indie Publishing. This way first comments from new readers won’t have to wait in moderation, especially as I keep a strict work-life balance and rarely moderate comments during the weekend.
Now you’ll have to click a checkbox to confirm that you aren’t a spammer. However, you won’t have to wait on moderation for your first comment. It’s a compromise, and one we probably would have moved to soon anyway due to problems with my previous spam filtering plugin.
On that note, please remember that all comments are subject to our comment policy. Having them go through without manual moderation does mean they’ll remain on the site if they violate these policies. You can access them at any time through the “policies” link near the top of this site, or you can access them outside of the full policy list near the comment form on any post.