Who is using my personal email address?

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    I was going to change my email address in my Personal Settings to my regular personal address ((email redacted)) only to have a red window show up saying that that email is already being used. I’m concerned. It’s my name through Cox Communications – how can someone else be using it? Any advice?

    Also, when I insert a Contact Form into a page on my blog, which email does it send it to? The Personal Settings one? or the General Settings one? Thanks!


    The blog I need help with is messagesfromtheotherside.net.



    You have two separate email address settings at WordPress.com. Have you entered two different email addresses at these locations (see below) or have you entered the same one at both locations?

    Blog notifications for the admin (like comment moderation, Likes, new subscriptions, etc) are sent to the email address at Settings -> General in the Dashboard.

    Personal notifications (like comments on your posts, subscription emails, and upgrade renewals) are sent to the email address at Users -> Personal Settings in the Dashboard.

    See also > Issues Changing your E-mail Address > http://en.support.wordpress.com/email-address/#issues-changing-your-e-mail-address



    Also, when I insert a Contact Form into a page on my blog, which email does it send it to? The Personal Settings one? or the General Settings one?

    I don’t know so I tagged this thread for a Staff response.


    Yes, timethief, I know about the 2 settings. I mentioned them in my post (Personal Settings and General Settings). I’ve already perused all the information in the WordPress Support/Help area and have read all of it prior to posting here. It does not address my issue, hence my post.

    My personal email (which I did not list here even though it says ‘redacted’) is not being used by ME within WordPress. I went to use it in the Personal Settings and it was refused, saying that someone else is already using it and I was wondering how this is possible? Right now, only a dozen people know my personal email and none of them have anything to do with WordPress. This concerns me.

    How can someone be using my personal email – when it’s mine (my name)? Is this a weird WordPress issue or should I contact my provider?



    Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when Staff respond and please be patient while waiting.


    Thank you. I am already subscribed to the thread and I don’t expect a response for a few days. No problem.



    More than likely, you have a second account here with that email address.

    Since you have access to that email address, you can reset the account’s password at https://en.wordpress.com/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword


    macmanx, I remembered (right before I received your post) that 2+ years ago, I had helped a friend set up a WordPress blog using my personal email. The blog has been sitting, unused all this time and my email was never switched over to his – no wonder it’s being used! *facepalm*

    Yes, I went ahead and reset my password. Have to say, when I read your post, I had to laugh. You were right but I honestly don’t know how I recalled starting this other account and blog. I’m just glad I did. Whew! :)

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