Hi. I'm using WordPress 3.1 with Thesis 1.6. I've had my "Discussion Settings" set so that both boxes for "before a comment appears" are unchecked (so an administrator does NOT have to approve the comment, nor does a comment author have to have a previously approved comment) but I do have it set to go to the moderation queue if it contains 2+ links, or if it includes a list of nasty words that I've delineated through the years. I normally get about 400-500 comments a day (my blog has almost 500,000 PVs per month.)
Starting last Thursday (6/16), for no apparent reason, every comment began being held in the moderation queue. I would walk away for an hour and find I had 30+ comments waiting in moderation! This has slowed the pace of readers' commentary down significantly and I can't figure out why. To make matters even more confusing this problem comes and goes -- by Friday it fixed itself, but on Saturday I had intermittent problems with it, none on Sunday, but lots today.
Does anyone else have this problem?
(There's also some suspicious timing in that I just got an Android phone last Saturday (6/11) and have used it here and there to approve comments -- and my regular Gmail is also being weird (in that my filters aren't working properly; things that are supposed to bypass my inbox are going to the inbox. I don't see how it could affect it, but has anyone else noticed funny business when they've used Android and WordPress together?)
Many thanks in advance..