So irritated with myself. For the longest time I've looked at the little screen (visible to the blog administrator only) that lists all the comments for the entire blog. There is a check box in front of each item, along with three options, "remove content", "delete", and "spam". For the longest time I've wondered. . . what's the difference between remove content and delete. To me, remove content meant, "remove the comment from the blog". To me "delete" meant "delete the comment from the list of comments."
I likened "delete" to what you would do to clear up your notifications. You get a notification that you have an email, for example. You go to the email and address it, then decide what to do with it. You can delete the email and still have a notification, which is silly, so you delete the notification after you've addressed the email. In my head, my big dumb stupid head, I thought, "If I click delete, it will remove all these comments from my comment list, but keep them on my blog post. In that way I'll be able to make sure I address everyone's comments, and, once addressed, I can remove them from my list."
To quote the Biscuit from Ally McBeal, "I like a fresh bowl." I like a fresh comment list. Only I highlighted all the comments, hit delete, and it deleted comments everywhere. Cause I'm a dumbass, apparently.
I'm especially pissed because there were some really good comments on my sciency blog (no actual links, thankfully, but some good stuff nonetheless).
So. . . Please try to remember all your original comments, and re-add them to all my blogs today. Thank you.
Also, if anyone could tell me what happens when you "remove content" before I lose patience and do that, and it wipes the entire blog out.
Nevermind. I tried it. It ALSO deletes the comment. Only instead of JUST deleting the comment, it says (next to the person's name) "this comment has been deleted by the moderator", which makes it look like the comment was so bad. . . SO inflammatory, that it had to be removed for the good of the blog.
Stupid blogger. Stupid me.