We've had some problems with delayed comments. Sorry about that. Here's what's up.

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Long story short: We upgraded AOA's content management system a few months back and ever since the spam filter for comments has been, uh, a little too eager.

As a result, the filter has been tagging many comments as spam that should not be tagged as such. That's meant that some comments have waited longer than they normally would during moderation. (Just this morning we fished out a bunch of helpful comments for the affordable weddings question.) And in at least a few cases, there are probably good comments still caught in spam purgatory.

Sorry about that. We greatly appreciate the many people who post thoughtful/helpful/challenging/funny comments here at AOA. We apologize if any of your comments have gotten stuck in the process.

We've been adjusting all the various knobs and switches in an attempt to fix the problem. We're hoping the latest attempt will make a significant difference. Thank you for being patient.

And, as always, if you ever encounter a problem with the site we encourage you to reach out to us: editors |at| alloveralbany.com.

Why a spam filter?
AOA's CMS employs two different layers of spam filtering, one baked into the CMS itself, the other a distributed system that draws on the resources of zillions of sites. And it's worked pretty well until the last CMS upgrade when it suddenly went on a false-positive spree.

Why the filters? Because there are armies of spammers using bots to spread spam comments all over the web for all sorts of stuff. In a typical day we're hit with hundreds of attempts to post automated spam comments on the site. And without the filters the comment moderation process would be much more difficult.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

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Comments

testing, testing, 1 2 3. Perhaps your email spam filter is also a bit eager?

Thanks for the update - I had noticed that there was an unusually long delay the last couple of times I commented. Glad to know it wasn't just me!

Andrew Gregory might be on to something ;-)

"Have ya checked the muffler bearings? I bet ya haven't checked the muffler bearings yet, have ya?"

At least that's what Grandpa used to say.
(You can mark this as useless spam)

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