Hi everyone! I decided to write this (temporary) post about the barrage of emails re: comments that I think some of you have been experiencing recently. I was mostly offline these past days so I wasn’t aware of it until someone called my attention to it after she commented on my post today.
WordPress made changes in our comment forms so that the ‘Notify me of follow-up comments via email’ option is now checked by default. If you forget to uncheck it, you receive a lot of emails about subsequent comments on that post.
So for the sake of your sanity (and mine because I want crazy, silly readers, not insane ones, haha), I made a little tweak that removed the Notify me of follow-up comments via email option in my blog’s comment form so you no longer need to remember to un-check it.
If you want to do the same for your blog’s readers (including me!), here’s how to do it:
- Go to your Dashboard, then Settings, then Discussion.
- Scroll down until you see the two large ‘boxes’.
- Below that there are three options. One is to ”Show a follow comments option in the comments form’‘. It is checked by default. Uncheck it.
- Scroll on down and click Save Changes.
- Wait for the page to re-load then check if the change you made was indeed saved. If not (it wasn’t for me at first try), rinse and repeat.
What this will do is get rid of the Notify me of follow-up comments via email’ checkbox. The option to be notified via email when a new post is made (in other words, to follow your blog) remains.
Of course, as blog admin, you will still receive emails when readers leave a comment on your own blog. But your readers will be spared the subsequent tsunami of emails that might discourage them from making any new comments. If they are fellow WordPress bloggers, they will still receive a notification (in the black navigation bar on top) when you reply to them directly.
Of course this might pose a problem to your non-WP blogging readers. But if you want to let them know that you’ve replied to them, you can email them at the same time that you post your reply. WP has that cool feature, too.
Meanwhile, let’s remember to remember to uncheck the option in other blogs’ comment forms that still have it. [UPDATE: I posted some additional info in the comments on how to stop the barrage of emails in your own inbox.]
I hope this helps.
(Note: Once WordPress reverts to the old comment system, this temporary post will self-destruct in 10 seconds.)
[UPDATE 2: WordPress has provided us with a new way to prevent the email flood. Finally. ]