Back when VAntage Point was just an idea, the concept of open communication was our foundation. We wanted to communicate with Veterans, not just to them. The best way to have that dialogue, we concluded, was a comment policy that allowed anyone to continue the discussion on the page, with as little hassle as possible. A measure of success for us has been both the number of comments on our posts, as well as the dialogue between Veterans and VA, as well as Veteran to Veteran.
Our comment system is more open than any government blog, and more so than most blogs in general. Unfortunately, that has produced unintended consequences. The ease of commenting has translated into an ease for spammers to leave harmful links. Though we have spam filters in place, dozens land on the blog every day. This spam has become a distraction from normal dialogue, and we spend too much time sorting through spam comments to ensure legitimate responses remain.
As we work with our IT folks to find a solution, we’ll temporarily moderate comments posted on VAntage Point. So if you post something and it doesn’t immediately appear, that’s why. We want to be clear, though: We’re only moderating for spam—not for content. So keep the comments coming—we expect this policy to be short-lived and get back to normal soon.