The server here is not working well—people are getting lots of “Internal Server Errors” when they try to post comments, and I’m seeing the same problem when I try to post articles. Despite the error message, though, the comments are usually going through. IGNORE THE ERRORS.
Here’s the usual run of affairs. You type in a witty and insightful comment as you always do, and then click “Post”. Usually, this goes smoothly, the comment gets sent, the server tucks it into its database, and the page is refreshed to show your sweet, beautiful words in the thread.
Lately, something is balking after the server stores your comment, and it’s showing you an error page instead of your sweet, beautiful words. Now here’s the problem, and this is important. Do not ever do this: click the “back” button in your browser, and then click on “Post” again to resend it. Your comment is already there, and you’re just piling up more copies of the same comment.
Here’s what you should do if you get the error. Click the “back” button. Select your comment from the text box, and select “copy” from the edit menu. Then click on the “refresh” or “reload” button in your browser, and see if your comment was actually stored. If it was, you’re done. If it wasn’t, then you should paste your words back into the text box, and then click on “Post” again.
Remember, the error messages may be lying to you. Don’t trust them. Verify.
If you’ve made umpty-eleven submissions of the same comment, don’t ask me to delete them for you, either. When I go in to the control panel to tinker, I get those error messages on just about every operation. It’s driving me a bit nuts, so please don’t add to it.