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May 17, 2012 / Leslie

Update on WordPress Comment Emails

Acknowledging the Changes

WordPress has finally acknowledged the changes made to the commenting system. The follow-up comment box will stay checked by default on the global platform. They are not changing it back and will not give individual blogs the option to turn it off. But, there is a way around it for some of us.

Commenters Can Set the Default to Opt-Out

If you have a WordPress account, that is, you can change the default so that the box is not checked when you visit a blog. The option is hidden away on the global settings page under the “reader” tab. (WordPress bloggers: It is NOT on your dashboard where you would expect it. You must go to the global page).

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Uncheck ‘notify me of follow up comments’ box and it should always appear unchecked when you leave a comment. Problem solved. Sort of.

No WordPress Account?

If you don’t have a WordPress account and don’t want emails, you will still have to uncheck the ‘notify me of follow-up comments’ box everytime you comment on a post. Or, per WordPress, you can create an account. And that, for me, is the bigger problem. This move and the previous commenting change seems to be designed to force more account creation, not to enhance the commenting experience. But that’s a rant for another day.

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  1. sagustocox / May 17 2012 1:59 pm

    I like the comment box being checked since I generally forget to click it when I want to follow comments, but at the same time I’ve found it very annoying because I also forget to uncheck it. Having a wordpress account, I can have it unchecked, which is good, but it seems like WordPress is trying to force people into making wordpress accounts even if they don’t want them.

    Thanks for the update.


    • Leslie / May 17 2012 2:26 pm

      I can see where it might be convenient for some commenters, but for those who have a blog it is redundant; we get comment notifications on our dashboard (kinda like facebook) whether we want them or not, so I don’t need them again. Plus, it was sending me notifications of comments I made on my own blog! Doh. I think this is part of what upset some of the wp blog owners.


      • sagustocox / May 17 2012 2:59 pm

        I can here you. I have the dashboard as well as a wordpress user, but I wonder if they could have tweaked it to send only comments to non-wordpress users…but sounds like they have no plans to make changes from what you’ve discovered.

        I certainly don’t need them twice either.


  2. BermudaOnion / May 17 2012 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the tip!


  3. Mary / May 17 2012 5:00 pm

    Leslie, thanks for the tip! It was an easy fix with your links. I appreciate that 🙂


    • Leslie / May 17 2012 6:04 pm

      Glad to help. I just wish WordPress would be a little more forthcoming about these changes.


  4. Suko / May 17 2012 5:28 pm

    Thank you for this update, Leslie. 🙂


  5. Leeswammes / May 18 2012 6:59 am

    Leslie, I don’t see the problem. 🙂

    I assume if you like a post enough to make a comment, you want to hear back from the author of the blog, i.e., you need to subscribe to comments. At least, that’s me. I ALWAYS subscribe to comments if I’ve made a comment.

    On Blogger blogs, I’ll go through the much more tedious process of subscribing by RSS (just for the comments on that particular post) and after the discussion seems to have died out, I then unsubscribe again. WordPress is much simpler to deal with.

    I think it’s right to assume that people want to read follow-up comments, and it’s easy enough to untick the box.


    • Leslie / May 18 2012 8:21 am

      The annoying part was they changed it without any announcement. I thought it was a bug. It’s always better to be forthcoming about changes and to offer an opt-out as they eventually did after discussion in the support forums.

      On Blogger blogs I do subscribe to comments if the box is there to check. But on WP blogs I get the follow-up comments in my dashboard notifications (which I thought was a nice improvement) so I don’t always want them again in my email.

      I think this change was aimed at the casual commenter, to get them more engaged, and to get them to create a WordPress account. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that a few of the blogs I visit have removed the notification check box in response to this change.


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