I don't suppose this will do any good in the long term, but I thought maybe I should mention it.
When you try to comment on a TOP post and the system won't let you—it returns a message like "We cannot accept this data" or some such—it just means you left the comment box open too long. It's a feature. Well, I don't think it's a feature. I think it's a bug. Or acts like a bug. But supposedly it's a feature—a feature of the TypePad interface that TOP is written and presented on. I guess it's so that people don't mistakenly post half-written comments they started last night when they had had seis Equis* and were feeling a little hot but then, overnight, forgot all about.
The solution is to copy your comment, close the window you're in, open a new window, paste the comment in, proofread it (you always proofread your comments before sending them—I know that because there are never any spelling or punctuation errors or missing words or garbled syntax or mystery phrases in anyone's comments), and post it.
And, sorry for the inconvenience. There's nothing I can do about it from here.
—Mike, TOP Custodial and Building Maintenance Dept.
*Three Dos Equis. I.e., they've been drinking.
P.S. Also, all comments are moderated. That means I read them before posting them. And that, in turn, means that there is a delay between the time you posted the comment and the time it's published—a delay that might be two minutes, two hours, or even, very occasionally (as when I'm traveling) two days. It depends on when I get to it. So there's no need to post the same comment again and again if you don't see it show up on the site immediately.
P.P.S. Here again are TOP's Comment Guidelines. (Some changes were made recently, in part to acknowledge the large number of spam comments I now get from businesses trying to create links to their products or websites.)
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Featured Comment by sporobolus:"When I see this in other systems (e.g. Drupal), it's sufficient to copy the text and then simply reload the current page, rather than open a new one. Also, I believe it's a security feature—there's probably a unique key hidden in the comment form that TypePad uses to be sure it was submitted from a page generated by TypePad, not from a spammer robotically sending comment post requests; to keep overhead of the site down and minimize the possibility of forgeries, the website only accepts the key as valid for a set amount of time (I'm a web developer, but have no knowledge of TypePad)."