Leo Lazaro Vera II
posted this on October 28, 2010 02:30 AM
In order to promote quality conversation in our comments, we've implemented a categorization for our users based on how often and how well they leave comments on our sites. Comments from novice users are reviewed before they go live so that we can be assured that you're a real contributor and not a bot. After a few moderated runs, you'll be upgraded to a recognized user and you'll be free to comment without our initial review.
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