BREAKING NEWS: Please, fellow bloggers — Check your Spam folders. It seems many comments from afflicted WordPress bloggers have been ending up there without a word of warning.
THE END OF A RELATIONSHIP? WORDPRESS PULLS THE PLUG?
More alarmed or sad? I don’t know. This may be the end of my blogging. I am reposting this from my friend’s blog about the bizarre situation at WordPress.com Why the powers-that-be are destroying the very feature that makes blogging worthwhile — the ability for people to interact — I don’t know, but they are doing it. My friends and readers, if you can’t comment on my blog, this is why; and this is why I cannot comment on yours.
This morning, I was made aware of that there’s a commenting problem going around in WordPress. On March 14, they changed something in their commenting system, and this is apparently causing problems. Some people can’t comment at all. Apparently nothing happens when they try to post a comment and when they try again, they’re being told it’s a duplicate.
I found a link, where this problem is being discussed and I’ve copied one comment from Timethief — a woman who always seems to be up to snuff about what’s going on in WordPress:
«The policy change was made on March 14th. I’m not inclined to move back to self-hosting (been there done that and rejected it) based on the commenting situation as it effects both WordPress.com bloggers and WordPress.org bloggers. WordPress.com and Gravatar accounts are linked as Automattic owns both.
What I did is change my comment settings on this…
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That would be too bad …if it were to go that far.
I never understand why they have to mess with something that’s working fine?!
This morning already I failed to be able to post on your blog, Rebekah.
The minute I hear the word “enhancement” — I SHUDDER. All that means is a big foulup. And this is a HUGE foulup.
What happened to, If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?
How it feels is that WordPress is treating me, and its other member-bloggers, as the enemy. We’re not. We’re the victims.
I just found all your comments! They were in my spam folder!
Aha! Some light is being shed —
I may add this to the post. NylonDaze just found a comment of mine in HER spam folder —–
To be continued —
I’ve heard about this problem before. It seems to happen to certain accounts, and then it goes away by itself?! WP works in mysterious ways…
I hope you’re right, Rebekah.
But I am a devout pessimist, and believe in that adage, If something can go wrong, it will.
So am I, and I like being that way because every now and then I get such positive surprises 🙂
I have found that I must log in to my WordPress account to leave a comment, even though it says “fill in your details below or click an icon to log in” and my details are filled in. Very annoying, since it seems to be redundant and just an extra step. For what?
I stay logged in to my account, and still I am blocked!
You ask the simple question, For what? To which there seems no adequate answer (or printable answer) —
I’m so glad you got through, Carol!
There are a lot of people complaining, but it doesn’t seem like WP is going to go back to the way it was. This all started because someone used someone else’s e-mail account and commented as the other person,
I found the link to the forum, so far well over 300 complaints.
Will check it out later, I’m like 16 hours behind my day’s schedule because of upsetment over this all night!
Soon I’ll be on Australian time — I think that’s about the time difference????
Well I’m off to bed now, it is 1am here. 🙂
G’night, mate — I’m off to lunch.
Yeah, that’s not great. But does a mouse in the garage warrant dropping a nuclear weapon?
I think not!
(You really need a sound file for that remark, the haughty harumph! tone — I may sound lighthearted, but I’m not, this is striking at the heart of my own blogging experience, mags.)
Thanks for posting this. I just found some comments in my spam folder, including some of yours. Hope this problem will be fixed soon.
We live in hope —
but personally, I more anticipate doom. Let’s hope HOPE wins out!
Hi Judith.. They’ll sort it out. Faith conquers all 🙂
I’ll hang on to YOUR faith, then, if I may. I’m fresh out of my own —
Although I did succeed in commenting on your wonderful post about night workers just a few minutes ago —
So maybe you’re right.
Nancy (Spirit Lights the Way), just had the same problem. She talks about it here: http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/huzzah-i-am-not-spam/
Nancy had to contact Akismet in order to get the problem fixed. To e-mail Akismet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much, Theresa. I’ll check out the link, and it’s great to have an e-mail address. I’ve just felt totally abandoned by the powers-that-be.
See my comment on your other blog. 😉 [But seriously, I did leave a comment there!] 🙂
Check, and check.
As a rule at blogs run by people I didn’t personally know before they started the blog, I try not to leave my email address – I use dummy addresses when they do ask, and if they check dummy address and deny me a comment, I just don’t leave a comment even if I’m dying to make one…
Of course at blogs of friends like you, I relax a bit and leave my address sometimes, but I know that these are being harvested behind the scenes by all sorts of marketing machines, and believe me the machines are winning in google-universe (blogger, blogspot etc. – where I have a couple of old blogs myself!!), so hang in there! WP will right itself I feel.
The good news and the bad news —
The good news is that I finally got an email address that got through to a person who could do something about the problem, which turned out to be a spam problem. It looks like (fingers crossed) it is fixed for me at last.
The bad news — I’m sure you’re right about the ultimate beneficiaries of other people’s woes.
What will happen to my commenters who are “civilians,” not bloggers on any platform, I’m not sure. I hope you’ll continue to put yourself out there, because your comments are extraordinary.
Ah, no wonder I’ve been having problems. To think I blamed the internet connection at home 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!
It’s a WordPress problem — that is, the problem is caused by WordPress.
What finally seems to have done the trick for me is asking for help from the people at Akismet: email@example.com
It seems to be all about spam, and somehow getting picked out as a spammer. Good luck.
And to think spam used to be merely a lunch meat… is this the reason you were having trouble leaving comments on my blogger blog? Hope the geeks get it all figured out sooner rather than later… I’d surely miss your posts if you disbanded altogether!
Non-Blogger bloggers have different problems logging in. We have to establish our identity some other way, and being non-geeky, I often have problems doing so to Blogger’s satisfaction.