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Restricted Blog Still Being Sent to "Subscribers"

  1. I became uncomfortable with some of the comments of a subscriber to my public blog, who also sent me personal emails that made me uncomfortable. I decided to restrict the permissions on my blog so that it will now be read only be people whom I know and trust. I figure I can release the restrictions at a later time.

    However, it appears that he is still receiving my posts in his Inbox. Whenever I post, I get a notice saying that my post was sent to x number of "subscribers," including the person with whom I am having problems. If that notice is correct, then something is not right. How can I ensure that only the people whom I have invited to read my blog are the ones who are actually reading it?

    The blog I need help with is truth2seek.wordpress.com.

  2. Hello there,
    You cannot block anyone from subscribing to a blog that has a "public" setting. What's critical is not who reads the blog. Every WordPress blog has built in RSS feeds for both posts and for comments and anyone can use a feedreader to read your posts. As the blog is "public" and you offer email subscriptions any member of the public can subscribe. You can control which comments are moderated, approved and appear on your blog. http://en.support.wordpress.com/unwanted-comments/

    Re: blog visibility change from "public" to "private", who gets the post updates?
    Read the answer here > Blog Privacy and Subscribers

  3. comments of a subscriber to my public blog, who also sent me personal emails that made me uncomfortable

    Please read:
    http://en.wordpress.com/freedom-of-speech/
    http://en.wordpress.com/abuse/
    http://en.wordpress.com/complaints/

  4. Thanks for those links, timethief. However, I think you may have misunderstood. The blog is private, not public. IT used to be public, and that is when the subscribers subscribed.

    Every time I post, I am still getting a notification that the "subscribers" are receiving my posts in their Inboxes, even though I have privatized the blog. These same subscribers will NOT be able to see my blog by clicking on a url.

    This is why I wrote, above: "I decided to restrict the permissions on my blog so that it will now be read only be people whom I know and trust."

    Is it actually the case that someone whom I have not specifically invited to read my private blog is reading it simply because he happened to subsribe BEFORE I privatized it?

    That's the indication I get from the WordPress notification. If so, this isn't right, and I need to remedy the situation.

    I have requested of him that he unsubscribe, but he has not done so. Again, this IS NO LONGER A PUBLIC BLOG.

    Thanks.

  5. I'm sorry but in fact I do understand you. Re: blog visibility change from "public" to "private", who gets the post updates? Read the answer here > Blog Privacy and Subscribers

  6. BTW I forgot to ad that this thread has been flagged for Staff attention.

  7. I see now that you do understand, my mistake. But I still have some remaining questions. In the article you linked me to, it is written:

    "Anyone who has subscribed by RSS feed will not receive notice of new posts, nor will new posts be pinged by WordPress.com to the various etc."

    If it is true that they will NOT receive notice of new posts (and I'm not saying it isn't true) then why do I keep getting a notification saying that they are?

    This is why I keep saying -- something's not right. It appears to be a glitch. I will be thankful to know that they're not receiving my privatized posts, but I will be more thankful when I don't have to read that they are.

    Of course, that second point of gratitude is secondary. As long as they're not reading it, I'm mostly satisfied -- even though WordPress tells me they're reading it every time I post.

    Also glad it's been flagged for staff attention. Thank you.

  8. You had three subscribers on your blog, including yourself. When you made it private, they should have been cleared out, so I'm not sure why they're still there.

    I have completely emptied your subscriber list, so they won't be receiving anything else.

  9. Thank you. If I have any further issues, I'll let you know. :)

  10. You're welcome!

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