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Tick Tock, Tick Tock

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Something is going on. I wish I had an idea what or why.

Is anyone experiencing an increase in traffic in their mailbox? Is everyone you follow showing up in your inbox INCLUDING all the followers they have when they comment?

I’t been an eventful afternoon but I don’t have time for all this extra READING, which I can’t help doing because these other comments are in my Inbox after all.

Does anyone know how to get a complaint out to the right party at WordPress so this stops?

Another blogger just put out a lament also:

http://theinvisibleshadow.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/whacky-wordpress/

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

99 thoughts on “Tick Tock, Tick Tock

  1. I hadn’t noticed, but I will keep an ear to the ground and an eye to the inbox… and if I figger out who to call I’ll let ya know too…

    🙂

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  2. Nothing here, but I’ll watch for any changes!

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    • Lucky you. I bet I’ve had at least 300 non-direct e-mails today. Drat. So time-consuming especially since I’m so curious and NEED to read all the ones in my inbox that have nothing to do with me. Tess

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  3. Just uncheck the box that says “notify me …” that should stop it.

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    • Have you noticed that that box is not AVAILable now? Also some of the comments on some blogger’s pages cover up the LIKE box too (there seems to be an overlap here—a couple of days now but I thought it was just one or two—not so)—sp whacky. Hope we hear news soon. How’s your inbox? Mine a headache ALL DAY TOday. Tess (until this clears up)

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  4. Just started happening with one of the blogs I follow – all the comments posted, and I hadn’t clicked “follow comments.” Probably a temp glitch.

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  5. Yes I am…but I haven’t changed any of my settings.

    Be encouraged!

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  6. are you sure you are not here with me? i say this because my email box is flooded. i took brother out and when i got home i have almost 700 emails. i don’t want to ignore anyone, but i can’t respond to each one. if i don’t respond, they will not respond to me either. i just don’t know how to handle all of this in a polite way

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  7. 700 emails? Are you kidding me? I think you have been spammed, blogger friend! There is definitely something wrong! …

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  8. After I posted the same question on my blog, here’s what I’ve learned:

    WordPress is mucking around making changes. In do so, they have automatically checked the little box on the comment page that says “please send me an email update every time someone comments on this blog post”.

    If you leave a comment, and don’t realize the box is already checked, then you will automatically receive an email every time someone comments on that blog post. Apparently the trick is to remember to uncheck the box every time you leave a comment (or until they put it back the way it used to be, which was to leave the box unchecked all the time, and give you the choice of checking it).

    There is also a way to go into your settings and “quit receiving updates” on each individual blog post for which you’re receiving multiple email updates every time someone comments, but my own personal experience in doing this is that it’s labor intensive, and about half the time I get it wrong and accidentally end up “unfollowing” someone’s blog that I want to follow. I’m just going to wait it out. Eventually the comments will slow down on most of the blog posts. Unless we get lucky enough to comment on someone’s post and they have like a gazillion followers that like to leave comments.

    If you want to try the “change my settings” route, here’s a HOW TO:
    Go to your Dashboard.
    Just underneath the word “Dashboard” there is a list of menu items

    Click on the one that says “Blogs I Follow”
    When you do that, a new page opens up

    At the top of page (under the blue house) you’ll see four categories:
    Sites, Comments, Pending, Settings

    Click on “Comments”
    This will open a new page
    Here, you will see a list of blog sites (left) and their blog posts (middle)

    (these are all the ones you’re getting email notifications from)
    (there should be one for every blog post you’re receiving emails updates on)

    Here, you have two choices:
    (1) you can delete them individually, or
    (2) you can delete them all at one time in one big bunch

    To delete them individually:
    use your mouse to hover over an individual blog name
    you should see the word “delete” show up in red
    if you click on the red word delete, your screen will refresh, and *presto*
    you’ve just deleted one blog comment notification

    To delete them all at one time:
    *caution* *caution* *caution* *caution*
    before you do this, make sure you’re on the right page
    you can tell by looking at the top of your screen
    the word “comments” should be bolded in black under the blue house

    if so, then to delete all of them at one time:
    click on all the boxes on the page
    this will put a green check in every box
    about halfway down the page, under the blue box, click on blue arrow
    (the blue arrow is located directly to the right of the words Bulk Actions)
    after you click on the arrow, click on the word “Unfollow”
    Then click on the gray button that says “Apply”
    your screen should refresh after a few moments, and *presto*
    you have now quit following the comments on each blog post

    *note – you may have to repeat this process if you are following pages and pages and pages of blog posts … hopefully not … depends on how many

    There are variations on how you can do this, but for me, those are the steps that work the best. Complicated, pain in the rear, and like I said, about half the time I get it wrong, so generally speaking, I try not to mess with them.

    hope that helps

    what a pain, right? thank goodness there are plenty of people more computer literate than me that generally help me figure this stuff out.

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  9. Same thing here. So glad to find out it’s not my computer!

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  10. A big thanks to you ntexas99…appreciate your detailed instructions.

    be encouraged!

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  11. i have nominated you for the kreativ and very inspiring blogging award

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    • Thank you. Many, many thanks, in fact. A couple of days ago, I actually MADE time to catch up on delinquent award responses I’d had to catch up on since January 2012. I am OVER THE MOON when someone nominates me but habe been having a stinke of a time trying to catchup trying to connect everyone and perform all the rules. Sorry, I haven’t been able to do that since September last and it doesn’t look too encouraging before summer’s end. I WANT ALL of you to know that I am not, and have NEVER, avoided taking to all our faithful blogosphere Tess

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    • Thanks so much Terry: I’m tickled PINK. I hope you won’t mind that it’ll take me a while to catchup on my awards. They’ve been stacking up since January. I made a stab once in a while for a couple of minutes. Since September, I’ve been overwhelmed with work which eats into my blogging time and all things computer. I appreciate this lovely gesture from the bottom of my heart. Tess

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  12. i understand. I get overwhelmed too

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  13. There is another quicker fix. If you forget to untick the box, make another comment and untick. It will override the first ticked box. That is LOADS easier.

    Consider yourself lucky. I have been to about six blogs where no one can comment, click, like or anything else.
    Red.

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    • Hiya, Red. I just noticed today when I finally got e-mails after almost none for two days that one MUST comment now just to unclick the darn box. The box doesn’t show unless you click inside the comment box and it will revert back to clicked if you don’t leave a comment. Are we going backwards or what? Seems to me, we’re being FORCED to respond of pay the consequences. In a way, this is almost funny. Tess

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      • These seems to be one reverbing around the blogosphere. I think with a sufficient number of complaints, WP may cave on this one. Not sure which plugin they used on your, but check your discussion settings. You may be able to change the default to unchecked. I know the one I have I set it to unchecked.

        Worth a look 😉
        Red.

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  14. Yes! I was wondering what was going on. I actually shut off my email notifications earlier today, because it was just too much…figured I’ll go to the ‘reader’ and read other blogs from there in my time, instead of trying to deal with an inbox of hundreds of messages. Glad it wasn’t just me…but hope they get the problem sorted soon.

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    • You mean the READER at the pull down menu where your name is? I tried that but none of the tabs activate except for the Status one.

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      • I usually access the reader from my ‘stats’ page. There are tabs above the graph with your views, and I click on the reader there and it takes me to the blogs I follow. I can from there, choose to view according to topics or whatever, but the first thing that’s listed for me is the ones I follow.

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  15. uh-oh… just had a peek at my inbox and SLAM… I got slammed… it’s time for me to put the laptop to bed anyhoo, so I hope what should happen, happens – ie I get up in the AM and find it’s all better… (good thing I’m not aholding my breath)!!!

    g’night and good luck everybody…

    🙂
    janet

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  16. oops – just checking… since I read up before turning in – didn’t want to be attacked by comments in my dreams!!!

    nice way to have a party, Tess!!!

    🙂
    janet

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  17. Ugh, sorry that you went through that! I hope you can manage to get it resolved. ntexas99’s advice seems good.

    Speaking of that, I noticed that the box was checked for me too. I made sure to uncheck it before posting!

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  18. I noticed it too and started manually unchecking the comments by email box. Seems to have solved the problem. As others have said, WordPress must have changed the default position. Hope your band usage was not effected.

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  19. Loads of email for me too. The “Notify me of follow up comments via email” is ticked automatically and I now have to untick it. If I forget, every comment made to this post will end up in my email. Arhhhhhh. No more email, I get enough.

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    • I didn’t know how to do anything till this morning when I got a “like” from someone and saw modify subscriptions or something like that at the bottom. Below Comment box didn’t work for me because it seems those two boxes have disappeared. Will check again tomorrow. At least we can breathe now. Whew, the worst of behind us. Thanks for making time to comment.

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  20. Hi Tess, Yes, that’s happening to me too. I thought maybe i had accidentally activated some computer function, but couldn’t figure out what or how to make it stop. It is a pan, and time consuming.

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    • I had the same thought. What could I have hit that I shouldn’t have and nobody was complaining for a LONG time. I couldn’t wait to stop and fall into bed last night. Seems like I did the right thing for the fix. Hope you did too.

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      • Not yet! I will apply myself tonight, perhaps, but haven’t been able to make myself sit down and fiddle with it. I’m glad you solved your problem. It gives me hope!

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  21. Thank heavens that isn’t happening to me….I already have 700 of my own e-mails to sort out!

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  22. This is really annoying, like you I don’t want to miss the real ones – its hard enough keeping up as it is. I think I have stopped them coming now!

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  23. When you comment on a post a little checkbox appears below with notify me of follow-up comments via email. Untick the box

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  24. I’m whispering as I say this, Tess – I haven’t noticed anything untoward where my inbox is concerned. I think WP are making more changes though, for yesterday, the orange notification counter at the top of the screen that goes up to 9 when something happens (comment / like / follow etc) stopped showing numbers, and flashed a selection of speech bubbles, squares and stars. Shortly afterwards, it went back to numbers again…

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    • Huh. That little box was the only thing that HADN’t changed with my WP yesterday. Anyway, back to normal. Why am I whispering? Oh, cause you were. Thanks for dropping a line in all the hoopla last night. Tess

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  25. I don’t have a blog, I am just a follower and commenter. Yes this just started with me also. Evan though I have not checked the follow up box. mmmmm

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  26. Yes…I thought it was just me. My inbox has been bombarded by comments left on other people’s blogs!
    I was able to stop it by clicking on modify subscription options… once inside you’ll see what to do.

    I have more than enough to handle with my own blog 🙂

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    • Yep, you’re right. Once I found modify subscriptions (This morning), I DID know what to do after your e-mail. Thanks Maggie. Back to normal. Whew. This morning I had 300 more e-mails even as I kept getting rid of excess.

      Thanks for being a calm adviser.

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      • Did you also see, whenever you respond to someones post there is a little window thats checked off below saying: Receive notice to all responses.
        I have to uncheck that each time now.
        I don’t know how people can keep up with everything!

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  27. Trying the easy fix first!

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    • I found the easy fix but clicked the box with some trepidation. Seems things are OK. I was afraid ALL e-mails would be blocked. At least the big excitement is over. I need a rest now. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it, Sylvia. Tess

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  28. WordPress most certainly has had poltergeists over the past several days. CRAZY things happening like one of MY comments in reply to a comment on MY blog was tagged as spam! Now why would I spam myself! I’m glad you posted about this issue. The WordPress Forum is lit up!

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    • Really? This comment of yours I’m responding to decided to spam itself into my spam. I have a lot LESS e-mails today too. Now I wonder AGAIN what might this be a sign of but everybody’s probably pooped out over the recent fiasco and lying low. Time will tell.

      Glad to see you survived the avalanche. That’s what it felt like to me.

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  29. I was having this problem last night and early today but it seems to have righted itself. What I shock when I saw all those emails though. I thought oh dear what have I done this time…

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    • Isn’t that awful, how we blame ourselves? I did it and a couple of commenters said the same thing: What have I done? I still have to click the button in ‘subscriptions’ this morning before thing got back to normal. When I juiced up my PC this morning, I had 300 excess comments after cleaning out as many as I could last night before falling into bed—exhasted. Glad everythings OK. Does that mean you didn’t have to do anything yourself to stop the problem? I’d like to know. This could be interesting. . . Tess

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  30. Something weird happened. I was getting repeats of old comments, but it seems to be ok now.

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    • I finally went to bed after 10:30 or so. Got a headache from all the hoopla. Seems OK today but a lot less e-mails. Hope most people didn’t turn OFF their subscribers. I say that because it’s an awfully quiet day in the INbox. Time will tell. Thanks for sharing in all that to-do the other night. Tess

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  31. It seems as if WP has changed the notification settings.
    This blogging buddy of mine has the answer…
    http://sarchasm2.wordpress.com/

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    • Thanks Ghia. There are some things I can click on and some I cannot. When I go to the READER area in manage your blogs. Nothing is clickable except for Stats. I did click for no followups when I received a LIKE e-mail from someone and it had a manage your e-mail or something. That took me to all the blogs I am following and there was a clickable box at the upper left-hand corner. Seems to have done the trick but surprisingly, very few e-mails today. That’s OK. I can wait and see. Thanks for helping. I appreciate your time during the fiasco last night on WP. Tess

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  32. WordPress has added a tick to ” notify me to comments ” you now have to un-tick it. Which i just did 🙂

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  33. Anyone else having trouble leaving comments today?

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  34. I haven’t read all of the above comments, but it IS difficult to readjust your notification settings. It needs to be a little more obvious.

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    • As far as I can see in my neck of the woods, EVERYthing has changed. Things were missing on my home blog page and as soon as I changed one thing EVERYthing from before was expunged. Now I’m feeling my way around in the dark (I’m not that techie) but then WordPress does not EXPLAIN all the widgets one by one and I don’t want to screw things up for me yet again. If you go to the bottom of your Dashboard page to WordPress Tutorials. There are lots of bloggers complaining. Seems they thing this was a BUG. Why isn’w WordPress sending out a newsletter? About SOMEthing: bug or not; update or not; what then? http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/stop-email-notifications-for-comments-on-other-peoples-blogs?replies=73 Anyway, my page is starting to look a little different. One thing I don’t like that’s disappeared (at least I can’t find it) is the blog roll on the main page. Are you and you blogsite doing OK, though? Tess

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    • You are so right, Rebecca.I’ve wasted all kinds of time trying to do the RIGHT things. I’ve also noticed neither you nor I have the two little check boxes below the comment box of which many others have mentioned. I’m not too techie, I must admit. Something changed on my site home page so I decided to checkout the widgets. Now it looks different again, but I’ve no idea which one gives you the boxes in question.

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  35. I haven’t notice anything like this, but I am guessing the key is in the little box that says “notify me of follow-up comments”

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  36. YES. It’s good in one way – I can see when people respond to my comments so I can respond back. In another way – yes, HELP! But Dotty Headbanger has a solution to this – go to her site and have a look!

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    • Everythings screwed up. I’ve received exactly six e-mails since the weekend. It’s a strange feeling. Must just wait to see what happens. Also, I never had the two little boxes below the comment box—at least I don’t now. Thanks for the information from Dotty.

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  37. Very annoying. I keep forgetting to uncheck the box!

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  38. I check the first couple to see if it is a reply to me and then delete the rest. If you sign up to recieve a reply you recieve everything others post too. They should just let you see when the person replies to you, at least as one option!

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  39. Yes, the little box under Comments that says “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” appears on this/your post. There is also one that says “Notify me of new posts via email.” I checked the latter and unchecked the former. Does this make sense?

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    • Hi Dor. Because you are subscribed to my posts, you don’t want to check either of those boxes. Just leave blank when you comment. However, should you notice that there’s a check in either when you comment, do let me know.

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      • O.K. Tess… I think I’m getting the hang of this. Will let you know about any visible checks when I comment! Thanks for the heads up. Dor

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  40. I keep forgetting to untick that pesky little box, until it’s too late. Inundated with e-mails. 😉

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  41. Oh nooooo! I just did it again here. Now I’m going to get all your comments too. ;(

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  42. You know….I’ve been on vacation and clearing out 1900 emails. I wondered why I had “a new comment from ____” or whatever it says. I’ve never checked that box! So glad to see your post Tess! Thank you! That solves the mystery.

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  43. I haven’t checked my e-mail for 4 days. Now I’m afraid to.

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