I thought I would share this in case anyone else has a similiar experience in the future.
Akismet is a backend plugin that protects your blog from getting spam comments on the front end. I’m sure you’ve heard or seen people say they “rescued a comment from the spam queue”, that’s Aksimet.
Yesterday morning I had no problem commenting on all your lovely blogs. By evening, I could not say the same. It all started when Nemo pointed out to me that he could not see the comment box when he went to go leave a comment. He wasn’t the first person to tell me that. I figured maybe there’s some bad code in the theme. So I changed it.
I went to go catch up on the afternoon blog posts rolling in, and comment, when noticed that my comments were not showing up on all your lovely blogs.
I’m sort of a tech nerd so when there’s a web or computer issue, I will spend hours figuring it out. I went on a Google search spree to see what others were saying. Most people kept stating that their comment box wouldn’t show up but that didn’t seem to be a widespread issue for RT. The usual steps are to make sure your browser is up to date, clear cache and cookies, etc etc to rule out software problems. I did all of that. The common denominator here is that this problem was happening across devices. It didn’t matter if I commented from my laptop, tablet or cellphone; the issue remained.
Continuing the process of elimination, I logged in as M to see if she had a commenting issue as well. Her comments show up. Shout out to cwhiteweb for going with my random commenting flow on her post last night. It should also be noted that I can leave comments here on RT but not on anyone else’s blog.
I finally found an article that states that Akismet sometimes oopsies and the bot can mark you as spam if you are a heavy comment-er such as myself. The simplest fix is to contact them and make them aware so that they can remedy that situation:
It can take up to a week so for now you all get to miss out on the awesome things I have to say about your posts because I can only like them and not comment. If it does get fixed and you find yourself with a bunch of comments from me, feel free to delete them because I tried to comment from Reader and on your personal posts page during my process of elimination.