If you’ve never left a comment here before, your first one will be held for moderation. You may not realize it though, it will appear as published on your screen.
Posting a comment is pretty simple. At the end of each entry, you will see this box (below). The instructions should be self explanatory.
Re: “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail”
When you leave a comment, there is a check box to indicate if you want to subscribe to the comment thread. This means the blog software will automatically email you if someone posts a comment after you, saving you the bother of having to remember to return if you are interested in the topic. This will not expose you to spam; it’s no loss or gain to me which you choose but I recommend subscribing if it’s a topic you care about.
Another entry that may be helpful is How to format comments. The first part of this post also appears there so scroll down a little.
Including links in your comment:
If you’ve posted here before but are leaving more than two links, it will be held for approval. Leave more than four links and you will get an annoying error message (hit “back” to copy your comment). It’s nothing personal. It’s a feature of the software to prevent spamming. If you leave more than four links, the software gets very unhappy and will chide you for spamming. It happens to me too even though I’ve set the settings to permit more links from previous commentors. In this case, leave another comment with your extra links and I’ll combine them from the back end. I will notice.
If you get an error like this when you post:
Your location has been identified as part of a reported spam network. Comments have been disabled to prevent spam
OR, the message mentions something about a proxy, it means you need to exit from (usually) AOL before you can post. It means you’ve come in from a network that serves your pages via a proxy. Proxies are used to deliver a lot of spam. If this happens to you, click “back” to copy your comment, send it to me and I may be able to post it for you.