Case of Disappearing Comments Solved

I've occasionally received emails from folks wondering why their comments don't seem to post to my blog.  I pretty much manage my comments by being alerted to them in Google Feed Reader, click on the link there and it takes me to the post/comment where I can respond.  Well, Blogger has a Comments management tab that I don't really use much unless I'm trying to search for something in the comments (even then I can search just as well in Google reader).  So anyway, I just discovered that a number of comments that show in my reader do not make it onto the blog.  Perhaps if I respond right away Blogger automatically moves them out of spam, but I get no other notice like a red flag on the Comments tab that there have been some comments moved to a Spam Inbox.  Who knew?

Anyway, I have 19 comments in there, some I know have been published, some don't show up.  I'll be "unspamming" them now.

Sorry about that!  Live and learn :-)

Edit:  Oh, BTW, if any of you have tried, like Melchior, to post repeatedly, do you get any sort of error message or does your comment just not show up?  I'm perplexed how Blogger decides what might be spam because nobody posts that much here that the traffic should be suspect and it has let through other posts from many of these authors.  Dunno.


Nigel Kinbrum said…
Ah-ha! I think a comment of mine failed to show, some time ago. Some of my comments contain a number of links. I think that comments with too many links are flagged as spam.
Anya said…
You should find this interesting :
LynMarie Daye said…
Thanks for posting Anya! Does anyone else think the "Anonymous" low-carb author is Zoe Harcombe? Whoever it is, their response was very bizarre, LOL!
LynMarie Daye said…
LOL! The word verification I had to enter for my previous post was "poopture". Good for a Friday morning chuckle! :P
CarbSane said…
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CarbSane said…
Just re-read that one LMD and quoting Feinman and Jequier leads me to believe it's not Harcombe. I could of course be wrong.
Melchior Meijer said…
Hi CarbSane,

Hi, hi, I have indeed been hitting your post button like a dopamine rush craving lab rat a while back. Your page told me my message had been posted, but then Google would say ‘IRL too long’ or something like that. I vaguely remember I was quite happy some messages didn’t make it ;-). Defended a certain highly respected person (still, but admiration is cooling down a bit) who later disappointed me by basically ignoring your important questions. By the way, regulation of bodyfat is a big theme here, but what do you think of the other hypotheses presented in GCBC, I mean the role of recurrent BG-excursions and hyperinsulinaemia in the pathogenesis of cancer, CHD, Alzheimer’s etc?

Nice you mentioned Barker’s hypothesis. This has been studied rather well here in Holland, since the urban Western part of our petite country was hit by severe food shortages in the (cold) winter of 1944/’45. The children born to mothers who were pregnant and starving, developed metabolic syndrome at a much higher rate then children of well fed mothers. This in utero programming in order to be prepared for a harsh environment is very real, but I doubt if this happens today. Not many women are starving during pregnancy and babies get havier.
CarbSane said…
Melchior your "dopamine rush craving lab rat" coupled with LMD's *poopture* word verification have me smiling up a storm here as the week winds down and I get the opportunity to relax a bit.

I get the "URL too long" error at least a third of the time I myself post comments, but those seem to show up just fine. If I view them and go up to the URL display, I can literally lean on the delete button forever (I've done it for like a minute) and it just keeps deleting gibberish characters ... if there's ever an end I've not yet had the patience to find it!

The spam thing seems to have no option to opt out of, and oddly enough the comments show in my feed reader despite not being published on the blog. At the very least there's a tab in the comments management area labeled Spam, but there's no (#) indicating there's anything in there. Oh well. Guess you get what you pay for sometimes ;), but this platform is pretty user friendly overall for a noob like me.

I think there's a lot to be learned about our body's reactive adaptations to malnutrition. My head is still trying to reconcile some inconsistencies in the last IR post. More to come :) Have a great weekend!
CarbSane said…
I initially misread the rest of the Anonymous as Blogger ... so my prior comment saying it was obviously not me sounded really silly as I'm not an author. Initially I agreed with Lyn Marie's guess of Zoe Harcombe, especially since Jimmy did interview her recently. But, I now have suspicions that it is someone far more well known here in the Asylum ;) {VBEG}

Welcome to the Asylum Anya! Thanks for that link. I haven't read all of the comments thoroughly, but I gotta say Mark Sisson showed his true colors :( It's OK to peddle a flawed simplistic theory so long as it increases the "buy-in".
LynMarie Daye said…
Not so fast CarbSane! Read this:
CarbSane said…
Wowzer. OK now I think it might be her after all. Everything I had read about her a while back was GT parroting aside from her personal story. The woman was a veggie for 15 years and now eats the occasional fish, but touts LC? With all due respect to the authors of The New Atkins, vegetarian and low carb are fairly incompatible! Her slight twists on LC don't make much sense either.
Melchior Meijer said…
I just listened to Jimmy’s interview with Chris Voigt from the 20 potatoes a day project. Voigt, who seems to have had fasting BG’s in the prediabetic range prior to the experiment, saw his BG’s drop, while other parameters also improved. His main complaint about the diet was that he was feeling so full all the time ;-). Several times Jimmy claimed that he would not survive this. My bet is that Jimmy would see exactly the same improvements, including lower and lower pp bg excursions (due to increasing insulin sensitivity).

The reason? It’s impossible to overeat on potatoes.
Zoe Harcombe said…
Hi everyone - I can assure you I never post anywhere anonymously. I consider that to be a shabby on-line practice! We should be open and honest. I can't see the anonymous comment otherwise I could tell you if I agree with it!
Very best wishes - Zoe Harcombe
CarbSane said…
Thanks for letting us know Zoe. I'm a bit perplexed why any author would want to answer Jimmy's questions anonymously. I am also trying to figure out what your diet is as it's not low carb and yet you are a huge fan/follower of Taubes from other things I've read. I get the eat real food part. It's key!
Zoe Harcombe said…
Hi CarbSane - The Harcombe Diet came about when I was trying to figure out food addiction - it made no sense that two thirds of the 'developed' world were overweight when our desire to be slim knows no bounds.

As a food addict, I set out in my 20's to try to understand why I/we craved quite particular things and came across 3 very common conditions that cause insatiable food cravings - Candida, Food Intolerance, Hypoglycaemic. Phase 1 of THD is the 'perfect' diet to overcome all 3 conditions: 5 days of unlimited real meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, salads, natural live yoghurt and 50g (dry weight) brown rice. Phase 2 then builds on this depending on which conditions people are battling.

It is more low carb than low calorie. I don't believe in calorie restriction whatsoever. It has been shown for 100 years NOT to work in 98% of cases. Low carb is the only way to lose weight, but this isn't as extreme as many low carb regimes. Essentially because it's about ending food cravings for ever and using what we know about insulin to minimise fat storing and maximise fat burning, rather than trying to bring on ketosis or anything very low carb.

Hope this helps! I'm on Jimmy on the 16th Dec!
Very best wishes - Zoe
Harry said…
Hi Zoe,

It's really good that your diet looks at some of the physiological drivers of disregulated appetite.

It's true (IME treating obese clients) that high(er) protein diets tend to ameliorate these drivers better than the SAD.

One point I would like to emphasize, however, is that many obese clients overeat in response to psychological/sociological drivers (obesogenic environment). Food cravings, per se, only represent a sub-set of the many drivers that promote overeating in 2010.

Also, insulin is not 'the bad guy' in terms of food cravings and in terms of adipose storage. Protein foods are the most satiating (and provoke none of the glycemic 'swings' that create food cravings) despite the fact that they elicit strong insulin responses (James Kreiger has posted extensively on this issue).

CarbSane said…
Thank you for the summary Zoe and welcome! If you read my blog at all you'll quickly come to realize that I don't believe in Taubes' insulin-centric theories on obesity. I really appreciate your "real food" approach, but I do have lingering questions over how you eat. I came across an interview or article about you that stated you were a vegetarian for 15 years and now only occasionally eat fish. It's hard for me to reconcile that with your dietary recs.

I also think Harry makes a great point as that was the path towards my own obesity and it can be seen discussed on Jimmy's board and various other LC and weight loss boards and blogs.

I'll be listening to your interview with Jimmy. :)