Note from Matthew:
This board is not moderated per se. I am Helen’s grandson and I check in from time to time. The normal WordPress systems are in place that sometimes put you in spam or moderated status due to several factors including the number of links in your message. Sometimes you end up there by mistake. My grandmother also asked me to put a mod block on comments that contain certain words. Ex. the n word and the f word to name two. If you get caught in that process, your comment will sit there until I have time to look in.
I should also let you know that I don’t monitor the comments very often, but when I notice that someone is commenting over and over in a manner that seems to be solely to disrupt the conversation or someone is just being mean, I have been known to give them a few warnings and then ban them outright. The system can alert me when someone is just trying to post the same stuff over and over while using different names. Funny thing how that happens most often when my Grandmother posts about abortion. But even then I am pretty open-minded. I tend to focus on those commentors (often called Trolls) who post the same stuff over and over regardless of the content in my Grandmother’s original post. Again, it doesn’t happen very often. My Grandmother’s view is “the more the merrier”.
I have a full-time job and I live temporarily in London so I do this at odd hours.
My grandmother has very thick skin and we haven’t seen her act this young in years. We thank all of you for that.
My only other involvement is to format the posts for Helen and Margaret which sometimes slows down the process as well.
Contrary to popular belief I have moderated and even banned some of the “trolls” that many of you have identified. Unfortunately they find ways to come back using different emails and even new IP addresses. I could put further restrictions on comments such as prior-approval or registration-only, but I feel that would take away from the spirit of this website which – for now – reflects a certain spirit that my grandmother seems to enjoy. I will quote her now: “If I can dish it out, I should be able to take it. I can see through the bullshit and I think they can too.”