We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I guess we remain an eclectic boutique website - but a fairly strong one in that humble category. Not mass market, so we can't get rich from it. We are grateful for donated web services (thanks, buddy - you are a prince) and for the pittance ($250,000/year from our friends at Dunkin Donuts. Just kidding about the latter.)
We are happy hobbyists.
In the past 12 months, 4,000,000 page views, 2,000,000 sessions, 385,000 users, 376,000 new users, bounce rate 54% (excellent), and around 5000 regular daily users. Thousands more of regular but non-daily readers who come to just catch up every few days.
Since readership is our only reward, whatever y'all can do to help us expand it is highly appreciated even though we do not get paid for it. Stupid, right?
Disqus is not my favorite comment software, not by a long shot. If you take longer than a minute or so to write your comment, or if you edit more than once, or if you have two or more links, your comment will be thrown into the spam folder. Sometimes one embedded link will put you into the spam folder- which is why I tend to use "naked" links with Disqus now.
Once your comment gets thrown into the spam folder, you will get a comment that "we" - Disqus or the website- on checking out whether it is spam or not. "Thanks, we're working on that." To determine if the comment is actually spam. But they never do, of their own accord. Several times- not Instapundit-I have been able to contact the website owner or the article's author- who invariably reply they have NO idea why my comment got thrown into the spam folder.
I once made a pedantic comment on oil at The Atlantic website. It got thrown into the spam folder- probably for too many links/footnotes. After that, EVERY comment I made at The Atlantic got thrown into the spam folder.
To put it bluntly, Disqus sucks. If Disqus EVER actually checked to see if a comment were actually spam, I would have some respect for it. But as Disqus never checks to see if a comment is actually spam- though they claim they will check -"Thanks, we're working on that" - I have nothing but unmitigated scorn for Disqus.
Do you make comments with more than one link? (It also appears that Discus has more problems with embedded links than with naked links.)
Do you make more than one edit?
Do you take a while to write an involved, perhaps pedantic, comment?
I have also noticed that sometimes blockquotes will result in a comment being blocked- with or without a link. Other times, blockquotes go through.
I have not noticed any spam issue with short comments without a link.