“My comment didn’t go through, elephant. Why?!”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 16, 2012
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Above, Treehugger.com’s comment system. Like Treehugger, we offer a (barely) moderated comment forum. We will at any time delete disrespectful comments, especially if anonymous. That said, thoughtful criticism is more than welcome—part of our mission—there are 100s of critical comments on various blogs just in the last week. ~ ed.

Be Nice or Else.

Today, a reader emailed and asked…


I recently posted a commnet twice in response to a story and both times it failed to show up.  Am I being blocked?  If so, why.  I am posting under the name [  <>   ].

Thank you.


Another reader emailed wondering if he’d been blocked. He sent me his comment that had failed to post, twice, and it was….long.

My reply, today:

Was it a super-long comment? If so our comment system blocks automatically, god knows why. If not, send us your IP address and we can unblock. We do block rude comments, though criticism is great and welcome, part of our mission is respectful dialogue among those who might not agree.

Know that elephant is here to support real dialogue among those who may disagree. Too many of us only learn from and talk to those who already agree with us. We’re here to open silos or communities up to one another, and create real peace, not further impersonal aggression.

Are you unable to get your comment through? Reach out: waylonatelephantjournaldotcom.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to ““My comment didn’t go through, elephant. Why?!””

  1. Vision_Quest2 says:

    I don't care about if my comments get through or not. I let it go. If it's meant to be, it will be. Facebook (which I am now VERY allergic too–I want to be on Facebook sparingly, and Timeline may result in my going off for good), and SparkPeople.com taught me that.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Well, you're one of our more consistent, thoughtful commenters…so if you lose something, do let us know!

  3. Eric says:

    Thanks. I've posted a few comments that were positive and constructive, but didn't show up. Perhaps a tad long…

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Well, there's no way we would have deleted them. Like other blogs, we do moderate, and soon hopefully will pre-moderate (we get a fair amount of spam). We can look in our spam folder and see if we find your long comments. Thanks, Eric!

  5. apimom says:

    I sent you 3 emails with questions about the paid membership so far – response = ZERO. Not sure what to think of this. apimom

  6. I do consider all the concepts you have offered for your post. They’re really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very quick for newbies. May just you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

  7. Kizi says:

    Well, you're one of our more consistent 🙂 Thanks

  8. I don’t even understand how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t understand who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger when you aren’t already. Cheers!

  9. Vision_Quest_Redux says:

    It happened to me, I made a few comments on the blog of a now-featured blogger. And now I can't get any more comment points on your system.