Missing comments, bouncing e-mails

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Today I heard from yet another reader of this site who had tried unsuccessfully to post a comment. It was a lengthy one, and after he posted it, it vanished.

This wasn't a case of a comment being post and me deciding not to approve it; the comment didn't get posted to the database, probably because a network timeout interrupted the transaction.

I occasionally hear from other readers that e-mails to me get bounced back. Based on the error messages I see, this too appears to be a problem with the network connection timing out in mid-transaction, probably because the computer which hosts BatesLine, which is shared with several other websites. My suspicion is that the server is overloaded.

Sometime soon I intend to move to a new hosting provider, but probably not until after the election. In the meantime, if you have a comment, especially if it's a long one, copy and paste the text into an e-mail message to blog at batesline dot com, so that it has two chances to get to me. And if you post a comment and you don't see a "comment pending" message, let me know that, too. It probably means there was a network timeout and the comment wasn't posted. Likewise if an e-mail message bounces back, give it another try in an hour or so, and e-mail me a copy of the bounce message. That will help me document the problem for my hosting provider, and maybe I can get it fixed without changing providers. Thanks.


You know you want to switch to BlueHost...

susan said:

After reading the Tulsa World, did they happen to mention the rate of pay Michael Bates would receive on any possible LaFortune staff "job"?
Michael, have the Tulsa World reporters including Ken Neal ever bothered to give you a personal interview or does the Tulsa World newspaper just write on hearsay? And the interesting New York Times reporter that is there no more got in trouble for writing stories as if he was actually there......and was reporting true facts........

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