Yesterday and today our staff has unapproved hundreds of comments on blog posts by David O’Brien. The size of the pages had grown so large that it was slowing down our servers for folks commenting and reading David’s blog and all our other blogs.
There was absolutely no judgment that went into picking the comments to unapprove, our database administrator is simply unapproving the oldest comments leaving the newest available for viewing.
This is a great problem to have! We love that you love reading David’s blog and commenting on David’s blog and we definitely don’t want you to stop. We’re working on adding paginated commenting which will limit the number of comments appearing on the first page of David’s posts, and you’ll be able to click through to read all the comments on each post.
Once we have this working we’ll re-approve all the comments we’ve had to unapprove.
Slightly technical explanation: I will attempt to use a baseball analogy so bear with me here.
Normally every time a user requests a page from our systems you can think of it like a baseball being pushed through a pitching machine at batting practice.
The page is small and it should be “thrown” pretty quickly. But when a page is really, really, really large as some of these posts have been, it’s like trying to put a bowling ball through a pitching machine. The “throw” will be slow and it’ll probably break the pitching machine
By paginating the comments we can break the pages up into nice baseball-sized pieces and they can be served quickly back to you.