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Sent an invitation. It was accepted. But I don't see the user amongst my users.

  1. For a test, I sent an invitation to my blog to a friend.

    She accepted and showed me a screenshot saying "Your subscription has been activate" etc.

    But in my dashboard, I don't see her under all users. I still see just me.

    Why is that?

    Thanks,

    doug

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

  2. This sure is confusing.

    The person who subscribed received a notification of a post I subsequently made. But when she went in to comment she was asked to confirm who she was even though she already accepted the invitation.

    Then she commented using a different email address. After I approved the new comment, she did not receive a notification of the comment. Don't subscribers receive notifications of comments?

    And why isn't she showing up amongst my users if she accepted the invitation?

    And where do I see my followers?

    I'm afraid this is going to be WAY too confusing for my current Posterous members who are used to simply replying by email and that's all they have to do. I have some members in my 80s and 90s and there seem to be way too many hoops to jump through for them to post a comment here.

    doug

    p.s. And why are the notifications still sending my generic avatar even after I set a photo in gravitar?

  3. Then she commented using a different email address. After I approved the new comment, she did not receive a notification of the comment. Don't subscribers receive notifications of comments?

    Those who subscribe to receive posts receive posts. Those who subscribe to comments receive comments. When you leave a comment on a WordPress.com blog, you can choose to receive an email notification every time someone else leaves a comment on that post. To enable this, check the Notify me of follow-up comments via email checkbox before submitting your comment.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/following-comments/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/comments/

  4. Don't forget that they can subscribe to RSS Feeds for posts, comments, categories, tags, etc. For example to subscribe to all posts the RSS feed is:
    http://douglerner.wordpress.com/feed/
    To subscribe to all comments made on your blog the RSS Feed URL is http://douglerner.wordpress.com/comments/feed

  5. And where do I see my followers?

    Followers
    Number of readers following your blog and blog posts comments. Your site stats page displays how many followers you have, who your followers are, as well as how many people are subscribed to post comments on your site. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/#totals-followers-shares

  6. And why are the notifications still sending my generic avatar even after I set a photo in gravitar?

    http://en.gravatar.com/site/faq/
    Why doesn't my hovercard/profile load for one of my email addresses?
    Because of the way Gravatar works, only your Primary Address will load a hovercard (on sites that support them) or your profile (via any of the profile request formats). If you want to make profile details available via a different address, you will need to either create a new account using that address, or make it the Primary Address on your current account.

  7. P.S. Also note that gravatars are cached images and they sometimes take a couple of days to start to display. The first place they display is usually here in the forums.

  8. Timethief,

    Thanks for all your replies!

    (1) "Those who subscribe to receive posts receive posts. Those who subscribe to comments receive comments."

    In another browser, I went to my blog and clicked the Follow link at the bottom and subscribed with another email address I have. I received a confirmation and confirmed it. But I was not presented with a choice to receive posts and/or comments.

    (2) "Your site stats page displays how many followers you have, who your followers are, as well as how many people are subscribed to post comments on your site"

    In my test, the Follow popup said "Join 153 other followers." I just created by blog a couple of days ago, and have not received but a couple of notices that people are following me. Is it really possible that there are 153 people following my blog already?

    I looked where you said, and it does say I have 153 followers: 3 wordpress.com blog followers, 52 Twitter followers and 98 FaceBook followers. The only ones I can see are the wordpress.com followers (2 - one person I don't know and me) and one email follower (the friend who accepted my invitation).

    So the followers count is really just a total of my wordpress.com followers + my FaceBook friends count (since I connected to it) plus my Twitter followers count (since I connected to it), right?

    It's not really people who are intentionally following my wordpress.com blog per se, right?

    ---

    Since I found my friend/subscriber in the followers section, rather than the users section, what is the users section really for? Why, for example, is my friend who is now an email follower not listed as a follower in the users panel? Why isn't the wordpress.com follower listed there as a follower?

    It's from there where invitations are sent. I would expect to see the followers there as well.

    ---

    (3) "Don't forget that they can subscribe to RSS Feeds for posts, comments, categories, tags, etc. For example to subscribe to all posts the RSS feed is:
    http://douglerner.wordpress.com/feed/
    To subscribe to all comments made on your blog the RSS Feed URL is http://douglerner.wordpress.com/comments/feed"

    Yeah, that's going to be the problem. It was confusing enough for my friend who is an experience programmer to figure out. I can't imagine how I'm going to get my current Posterous subscribers to figure this out - especially those who are quite elderly.

    Thanks,

    doug

  9. For a test I sent invitation to my other email. When I click accept invitation nothing happens. Should it open another window

  10. It really is confusing.

    My same friend who was helping me test here also subscribes to my Posterous blog.

    She receives email notifications of all comments. And, of course, she can reply by email whenever she wants.

    Here at WordPress she does NOT receive email notification of comments (nor was she presented with an option to do so when she accept the invitation I sent her). And, of course, she can't reply by email to new posts.

    I love the way WordPress works, but I'm afraid I'll simply lose all my members if I change over. It's too complicated for most of them (many in their 80s and 90s) to figure out how to fully participate.

    My friend who helped me test is actually a computer professional who has developed her own blogs before. And it's even confusing to her to figure out what's happening.

    doug@depressed

  11. HI

    Help Timethief. I sent invites to several people and forgot to change their role from follower to contributor. Is there anyway I can alter their role now that they have accepted as a follower? I do not see them as users. Yet as per above I do see them in the Stats.

    Cheerio
    Amy

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