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Invalid e-mail address in a comment - how do I reply to the guy?

  1. Someone has replied on one of my posts asking for help and I would like to try to help him but the e-mail address he has supplied is invalid. How can someone create a WordPress account without a valid e-mail address? For more details see the post here http://unstmorag.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/a-family-tree-and-more/#comments

    The blog I need help with is unstmorag.wordpress.com.

  2. Staff will not breach anyone's privacy and provide an email address. We cannot help you with this issue - sorry.

  3. Hi, I think you may be misunderstanding my intent, I do not wish you to breach privacy and supply anything. Perhaps I can be clearer with my questions. Here they are exactly (anything not explicitly stated in the question should not be inferred):-
    Q1) Is it possible to post comments on Word Press without a valid e-mail address. Yes/No
    Q2) If Q1=Yes, Does such a user still receive notifications when replies are posted to their comments. Yes/No
    Q3) If Q1=No, Can I assume that this user (who displays an invalid e-mail address) is getting notifications of my replies to his comment? Yes/No

    As you can see I am just looking for Yes/No answers. Essentially, should I bother to continue to reply to his comment or is it pointless on my behalf because he will never know about it.

    Hope that makes my query clearer - not asking for his e-mail (actually it never occurred to me that there could be any other e-mail address than the one I could see which was invalid).

  4. Q1) Is it possible to post comments on Word Press without a valid e-mail address. Yes/No

    Yes depending on the discussion settings

    Q2) If Q1=Yes, Does such a user still receive notifications when replies are posted to their comments. Yes/No
    No if it's not valid then how can any email sent to it be received?

    Q3) If Q1=No, Can I assume that this user (who displays an invalid e-mail address) is getting notifications of my replies to his comment? Yes/No
    No.

  5. Thanks

    No if it's not valid then how can any email sent to it be received?

    I guess I hoped that there was some other notification mechanism that I didn't know about since I did supply a valid e-mail address when I registered, like a twitter id or some such. Just seems a bit pointless asking for help and giving no way to provide requested help. Ah well, maybe he'll come back and look at the post again some time in the future.

  6. There's a Twitter account linked to that guy's username rather than a blog.

  7. I know - I guess I was hoping the notifications might go there somehow (not a twitter user so no idea if that even makes sense), but from what you say, it would seem not.

  8. I don't think the "valid email address" is a full check of the address - just the format and MAYBE that the url is valid but I doubt it - - to do a full validation an email would need to be sent to the address to see if it is bounced back - and since bounce-backs can take several hours in some cases the amount of extra email and checking would be a mess

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