Just a reminder about our commenting system, for those who are new or those who are curious: When comments get filtered into moderation, it’s an automatic process–our comment system finds something it’s not entirely certain about, and so it’s held in the queue until a moderator comes along and okays it. It is not because we disagree with you or have something against you personally (although it wouldn’t hurt you to remember our birthday once in a while)–it happens automatically. We try to get in and clear out the mod queue as frequently as we can, but it’s not always as frequently as we’d like. So there’s really no point in asking, “Why is my last comment in moderation?” There’s no one around to answer. If there were someone around to answer, she’d have cleared your comment by now.
Why might the system have flagged my comment?
1. It included words on our naughty list. The system maintains a growing list of sexist, ableist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, and otherwise offensive words that will send a comment into the mod queue. This isn’t automatic deletion–it just gives us a chance to filter out comments of said nature. Fun fact: Swear words aren’t included on that list! We’re (mostly) all grown here and can handle a little spicy language. So while you might have gotten flagged for an f-word, “fuck” wasn’t it.
2. You’re a first-time commenter. If you’ve never commented on Feministe before, we mod your first comment as a matter of course.
3. You’ve been banned or perma-modded. This can happen for a number of reasons.
4. It had a lot of links in it. Link-heavy posts often look like spam to our system, and sometimes we have to go in and clean them out of the filter. You can imagine how fun this is on Shameless Self-Promotion Sundays.
5. It was supposed to rain today but it was sunny; your name starts with a D or ends in a silent vowel; Castle is on; your comment smelled funny. Sometimes, our system flags comments for reasons we can’t quite determine. It’s annoying to us, too, but the system seems to know what it’s doing. (It wouldn’t hurt you to remember its birthday once in a while, either.)
Okay, so why did you delete my comment?
While Feministe is not a designated safe space, per se, it is a space we like to keep safe for the expression of pro-feminist ideas. Keeping it this way involves removing racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, and transphobic comments, which we do at our own discretion. We also reserve the right to delete derails and ad hominem attacks. We’re not afraid of controversy, dissent, or disagreement–we love them–but we’re tasked with balancing free (and often passionate) expression with a comfortable commenting environment. Sometimes it works better than other times. It’s a process.
Also (and this one is just me): I’m just not a terribly brave or gutsy person. Alas. I crumble like a stale biscuit in the face of taunting. So if your comment includes “You probably don’t have the guts to publish this” or “You’re probably just going to delete this anyway,” you’re probably right.