I had been using the default WordPress setting of manually approving comments before they show up on the site. Users that already had an approved comment had their comments automatically approved. The problem with this setting is I don’t get email notification when someone comments for the first time so there is additional delay in addressing comments. I also feel it’s unintuitive for a user to submit a comment and not have it show up immediately. I’ve changed the setting to automatically allow all comments and I’ve also removed the requirement to supply an email. I don’t anticipate any problems considering the scale of the site. Hopefully this makes things easier for those that want to comment. Thank you!