What happened? For nearly two years I have been able to comments delivered to my e-mail inbox. I simply clicked "reply" to the e-mailed comment, the "to" line prefilled with the commenter's e-mail address, and I could respond privately with a message delivered to their e-mail.
Suddenly, when I click "reply," my response is posted on my blog as another comment. This function may work well for business bloggers, but the blogging community I deal with is very different. We have relationships with one another and comments are often the beginning of a discussion that is meant to be private, not viewed by the world. In addition, often my response is simply "thank you," to acknowledge someone's kind words - I do not want my blog comments to expand by twofold to reflect my quick words of thanks.
The workaround is to click "reply" to the comment, paste in the commenter's e-mail address, and remove the address that has pre-filled (the one that takes you back to the blog comments). This is clunky and rather a waste of time.
Interestingly, this same thing happened on Typepad about two weeks ago, and controversy ensued. Typepad finally provided a fix and an apology.
Can the prior method of responding to comments privately be restored? Have I unwittingly deselected a setting that still exists?
The blog I need help with is knotmuchofaknitter.wordpress.com.