WordPress gremlins at work again

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I’d like to apologize to my readers who have commented in the last week or two and never got a reply from me. Replies from blog owners are not mandatory and perhaps not even expected by most of you, but I like to say something that at least acknowledges your visit.

Recently, however, for reasons yet to be determined, I’ve not been getting notifications of new comments. Not consistently anyway. And I mean, no clue. They aren’t showing up in the “classic” notifications list. They aren’t showing up in the little speech bubble in the right corner of the admin bar that’s supposed to turn orange when there’s a new comment. And even though in desperation I changed my settings so that I’d get email notifications, I’ve not gotten any. Occasionally a notification slips through, but the majority have not.

I asked about it in the WP forums and got a stock answer suggesting all the things I’ve already tried. The problem persists.

I’m trying to go back every day or two and look for and acknowledge new comments on the most recent posts, but I can’t be sure I’m catching them all. Just now I found several new ones in the Comments list (accessed from the left side of the edit screen) that I’d not seen before.

Anyway, I want to apologize if you think your comment went unnoticed and unappreciated. I’m trying to respond to all of them and am trying to solve the problem. (I must confess that when something like this happens and I’ve not changed any of my settings, I always suspect that WP has been tinkering with something behind the scenes and is not telling us. And it often means they’re soon going to surprise us with something wonderful, new, and “improved.” But what do I know. I’m just a cynical, grumpy old woman.)



Categories: WordPress

19 replies

  1. Hi PT– my WP experience is nil, but thinking i am crazy– it is snowing here on your blog. Nowhere else, including real life! Is it supposed to do that??? (flurries; so far no accumulation….)

    • Yep, it’s snowing. The snow is something WP makes available every year from about Dec. 1 to Jan. 4. Bloggers can choose to turn it on or off. In the past, if you stayed on one page long enough, it accumulated at the bottom of the screen. Hard to tell on this white page. And it falls toward your cursor. Or used to. Today it looks like it’s angling away from my cursor.

  2. How very frustrating! On the bright side, the snow is working on your site…

  3. I’ve missed a few too. Bloody infuriating. Other bloggers are reporting problems with their themes going haywire. I hope my readers – and yours – are generous spirited and know any blip is unintentional 🙂

    • I would say it makes me feel better to know I’m not alone, but it doesn’t. I hate how WP always tries to sound like it’s the blogger’s fault when something messes up, even though the blogger knows full well he or she hasn’t changed a single setting. And WP knows full well it’s probably something they’ve done or are doing, but they’ll never admit it. Anyway, I how the situation gets corrected soon. Sorry to hear it’s happening to someone else.

  4. I always suspect that WP has been tinkering with something behind the scenes and is not telling us. And it often means they’re soon going to surprise us with something wonderful, new, and “improved.”

    WordPress.COM is just a big beta test site for the WordPress.ORG software for many of the changes – WP is quite proud of the number of changes they roll out everyday – but they never mention testing – sort of roll it out and check the help forum (maybe) in a few hours

    Welcome to WordPress.COM!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I’ve been blogging here for more than seven years, so you can imagine how tired I am of all the WP shenanigans. But it’s different this time. They aren’t just messing with me and my blog and how I get something published. They are messing with my relationship with my readers, and that’s infuriating!

  5. I’ve left a comment or two and haven’t seen them. Will check again tomorrow!

    • Uh oh, the gremlins got you. Or us. I just saw this comment, and it has yet to show up in any of my notification lists or email. However, your comments should post right away when you click “Post Comment.” If they don’t, then we have more gremlins at work than I thought.

      WP, are you listening?

  6. It’s quirky around all right. We’ll just grit our teeth and carry on…wobbling and snarling. Wonder what the “new” is.

  7. Ugh, so frustrating! Maybe the settings will magically revert, and your notifications will begin working again.

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