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Blogs are now coming from different source comment-rely instead of do not -reply

  1. Hello,

    My blogs just started sending the blogs as Brevard Rescue Mission Letters <[email redacted]> instead of do not -reply at Word Press.com.
    To my knowledge I did not change any setting but now they are going to spam and junk mail since it is a new email! Help me please solve this problem.
    Blog url: http://missionletters.wordpress.com/

  2. It looks like they are doing some changes with the email notifications both for comments and blogs.

    I have signed up to receive blog notifications using a non-Wordpress account to see how the emails look to others. So I checked the one that came today. At the very top before it goes to the post, it states this...
    Respond to this post by replying above this line

    So it seems they now are allowing email followers to reply to the post.

    But I was not able to reply to anything ABOVE the line. It might be the browser I use, but I did just type in a comment in the form below.

    And in my Gmail account it came back as an error, so not sure what is going on.

  3. There have been a few posts about this in the forum the past couple of days, and so far staff has yet to comment.

    There has been some change, obviously, but no idea if it will be fixed or if this is some "new! improved!" (Ha) idea.

  4. Oh, something I noticed when I did try to reply. I forgot to mention this. When you see the To, it shows < comment+ a jumble of letters and numbers before the @ symbol. A unique identifier I suppose.

    And this was the specific error message I received...
    "Howdy!

    We ran into a problem with your recent comment reply by email. Specifically, we weren't able to find your comment in the email.

    We'll do our best to get this fixed up. In the meantime, you may want to comment directly on the post:"

    I don't really intend to ever reply by email, so I am not concerned one way or another, but am curious if any of my readers will. I have a handful who are not WordPress users.

  5. @thebirdingbunch - good catch!

    I email subscribe to my blog for the same reason you do, but don't really pay that much attention. I just looked and that new "above the line" reply thing showed up at the same time that emails started all coming from "comment-reply".

  6. danielbachhuber
    Member

    Hey folks! I'm the developer who worked on our new "Reply to a comment by email" functionality during a hack day we had a couple of weeks ago. The intention for this feature is to make it easier for your readers to comment on your blog. My dad fits into this category. Instead of having to visit my website, he now can simply reply to an email notification of a new blog post or comment.

    @jokriete We did change the reply-to email address, and I've noticed that some of my subscriptions are getting marked as spam as well. We'll continue to take a look — it wouldn't hurt to have your help marking them as "not spam" too.

    @thebirdingbunch Parsing your reply text out of the variety of ways email clients format emails is definitely a tricky challenge. While we're still working out the bugs of this new functionality, we send you a note if we weren't able to post your new comment.

  7. The intention for this feature is to make it easier for your readers to comment on your blog. My dad fits into this category. Instead of having to visit my website, he now can simply reply to an email notification of a new blog post or comment.

    I can appreciate that as I have several readers who I know outside of the blogging world and in the past they've replied via the post's emails, but of course the emails went into limbo somewhere. :)

    Today, I tested again using Gmail (a non wordpress account) and replied leaving in the quoted text. It went through, requiring modification. And it was cleaned up, showing only my actual comment. That's good... but I do have a concern about my readers' privacy. The username I have for my Gmail account is pretty generic, so that's fine. But what about those who may use their full name , not realizing their user name may post on the blog.

    If any of my email subscribers reply, is the best action to just edit their name as needed? I've done it in the past when one of the readers signed in with their Facebook account, not knowing their full name would be used in the comment.

  8. danielbachhuber
    Member

    If any of my email subscribers reply, is the best action to just edit their name as needed? I've done it in the past when one of the readers signed in with their Facebook account, not knowing their full name would be used in the comment.

    Yes, that seems like a reasonable approach. If your blog is such that the privacy of your commenters is if concern, it might be worthwhile for you to write a quick post reminding them their comment display names will be inherited from whichever service they comment with (including email).

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