403 Forbidden

The dreaded “403 Forbidden” screen has been rearing its ugly head again sometimes when people attempt to leave comments.
Please know that this has nothing to do with you. You are not forbidden! There’s a somewhat clunky commenting software that comes with this blogging system. The software has a built-in spam filter, and if it detects anything that somehow has been flagged as possible spam, it simply returns a 403 Forbidden screen, instead of posting.
I’m asking the tech staff to give me a better idea of what is being blocked, but right now, I have to guess (and yes, I get ‘403 Forbidden’ blocked on my comments as well).
Here are a couple of guidelines…

  • Avoid mentioning the pharmaceutical products that are always showing up in your email junk filtered folder.
  • If you’re linking to something with a .info suffix and it won’t go through, try going to tinyurl.com and get a replacement url for it.
  • If you can’t get it posted, send it to me, and I’ll find a way to post it for you.

The latest bizarre glitch is that the software is blocking the word “socialism.” Why? I have no idea. But hyphenating it (social-ism) works.
Sorry for the difficulties. I hope to get it working better.
I really appreciate all the comments and excellent discussions we have here, and want to keep that going.
Update: Turns out that you can’t spell s-o-c-i-a-l-i-s-m without c-i-a-l-i-s. Didn’t even think of that. It’s getting fixed.

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