a word on comments, commenters, and trust

Some of you are wondering why you are a trusted commenter one minute, and the next minute you have to be approved again.

Here’s the thing: this feature operates on the basis of your IP address plus your email. Most people are set up so that they always have the same IP; some are signed up with a service that constantly shifts your IP everytime you log in.

At least, that’s the way I understand it. If I’ve got something wrong, please correct me.

So Robyn and … somebody else, I can’t remember at the moment — your comments always get held for review, even though I have marked you as a trusted commenter many times. It’s just the nature of the beast. I apologize for the inconvenience.