Fruit of the Womb
Fruit of the Womb

Comments in Cyberspace!

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I want to apologize to all my readers, although that for which I am apologizing, I absolutely have no control over! Many of you have left (or tried to leave) comments on Fruit of the Womb over the past week, but none have appeared. I wanted to let you know that they have not gotten to me either. I think the 'comments process' works something like this:

1) You write and submit a comment.

2) Someone at Healthline (not me) reviews the comment and decides if it 'acceptable' to be posted on the site. Mind you, it does not have to be well-written, have good spelling, or even be flattering; it probably does need to be relatively devoid of overt obscenities! The hang-up over the past week or so has occurred at this step; hence my inability to respond.

3) After the comment passes initial screening, it actually gets posted (most of the time, sometimes not!) in the 'comments section' under the post from which it was originally submitted.

4) Simultaneously (most of the time), the comment gets sent to my email box.

5) Only then do I have the opportunity to respond to your comment. I will usually do so somewhere beneath where yours appears in the post, but sometimes will incorporate it into an entirely new post if I think it may be of interest and provide worthwhile information for a good number of other readers. If I do the latter, I will usually leave a comment under your post to let you know where to look for the answers to some of your questions.

6) I try to respond to as many comments as possible, but there are some for which I have no response.

7) The drawbacks to this system are the built-in delays, the occasional 'missed' comments, either posted to the site without my knowledge, or sent to me without having been posted to the site, and most importantly, I never know (unless you write back) whether or not you have actually found your way back to the initial post and seen my response!

Anyway, I certainly hope this situation is rectified soon. Please bear with us until it is. I am sure there will be tons of catching up to do on my part once the 'system' is operative again. In the meantime, thanks to all of you for reading!
Dr T
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Dr. Trofatter is an expert on maternal-fetal medicine.

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