We’ve been getting hundreds of spam comments each day. It isn’t a big problem except I always fear missing a non-spam message from a new user.
As you know, the first comment by any user gets moderated. Once someone is approved, all their comments get immediately posted. I try to go through comments at least twice a day, but when I am on the road I sometimes get delayed.
If you are a first-time commenter and you make a comment that does not show up right away, send me an email and I’ll make sure it gets approved.