[EDIT/UPDATE 2020-04-24 15:12 – it seems like the recent comment notifications problem has been resolved for all new/incoming comments. (Feel free to confirm yay or nay below. :)) Heartfelt thanks to the WP support team members who helped fixed the problem, as well as to everyone who brought it to their awareness. Happy bloginteraction days are here again! 🎉 ]
Just a heads up in case you haven’t noticed, that WP is having technical difficulties with comments and notifications at the moment. So if you are not getting comment notifications, when you believe you usually would, check your posts and or the posts on which you left the comments, if you want to see them and/or reply.
(But is it a truly a glitch or just another conspiracy? ;)) Who truly knows if, and/or why? ;))
Also, I noticed that some of my comments on other people’s posts are not showing up at all.
This might be simply due to the fact that their blog settings are arranged so that all comments must be approved by the blog author (which I think is the default mode for blogs; though mine is currently set to auto-approve all comments from those who have at least one previously-approved comment) — and since notifications aren’t working properly, they might not see the comments come in at all.
Or, comments are simply disappearing into the ether.
Several posts have mentioned this issue — please see below — most recent at the top; also, you can read the comment sections within each, for more info.
Lifesfinewhine Is Experiencing Technical Difficulties — lifesfinewhine
“As you guys know WordPress is known to have some bugs and glitches and unfortunately it’s effecting my blog. For some reason I am not getting notifications for comments left on my blog or the replies for comments I have left on other peoples blogs. The whole commenting part of WordPress is usually my favourite […]” ~ via Lifesfinewhine Is Experiencing Technical Difficulties — lifesfinewhine, posted 2020-04-23 (WP Reader link: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/95954709/posts/6982)
Message to all my friends (WordPress Issue) — Charlie Zero The Poet
“All my comments and replies are (NOT) coming in the notification bell! Instead all your comments go straight to my blog post and I don’t see them till’ later. Is anyone else experiencing the same issue as I am? I wrote to ‘WordPress’ help/contact forum and hopefully their tech support can help resolve the […]” ~ via “Message to all my friends (WordPress Issue)” — by Charlie Zero The Poet, posted 2020-04-22 (WP Reader link: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/95746/posts/2674225013)
Comments notification issues with WP today — LiaThePoet
“Just a quick note to let you know that for some weird reason I’m not getting notified when someone leaves me a comment and/or replies…” ~ via Comments notification issues with WP today — by LiaThePoet, posted 2020-04-21 (WP Reader link: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/169112684/posts/5262)
WordPress And Their Glitches — Renard’s World
I came across this next post while briefly searching WP Reader for other recent WP comment complaints (didn’t find much, other than the above). Thought it was a really great compilation of WordPress glitches.
Do check it out to become further enlightened, if you’re not aware of some of these already. ~ xo Nadine
Renard goes into detail on some of the glitches that appeared on WordPress.com. ~ via WordPress And Their Glitches — by Renard’s World, 2020-03-24(WP Reader link: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/147750070/posts/3323)
If you’re wondering why I include and/or tend to prefer WP Reader links, when linking to other posts, it’s because I and many others are not able to “like” and/or easily comment on fellow bloggers’ posts if they are viewed from outside the Reader.
If you are not a WordPress blogger and are wondering what the heck I’m talking about, the Reader is kind of the backend social scene on WP (that’s a Reader link to one of my earliest posts, on Bloomwords, “The Alleyways.”)
Liking and commenting is what makes this place a community rather than a consume/lurk-only zone.
It’s at once a cosy, friendly, makes-blogging-fun kind of feature — for those of us who truly enjoy providing and receiving mutual fellow-writer-support — but the dark side, as with any social media…. muhahahaha… is that’s it’s highly addictive, especially for those of us who thrive off of mutual support the most.
All this to say, that sometimes, although we might feel the world is against us, (and well it may be, at least partly ;)), we can always apply Occam’s Razor,* as my husband often likes to remind me (—though to me it sounds rather violent, and what we assume might be the simplest explanation for a given issue, might differ among each of us, lol/101—)
—or, as someone else wise once said, we can just continuously try to assume good intent… for a happy life (not to mention a happy wife ;)).
So please know that if I haven’t replied to some or any of your recent comments, it’s because I haven’t seen them come in.
I do check the posts regularly now, rather than relying on notifications, but I only check recent posts, since I’ve got too many older ones (blog-addicted as I am) to monitor (—more than 1000, over the past year and a half. 😳 😬 🙄 🙏 🥴 )
“Occam’s razor (also Ockham’s razor or Ocham’s razor: Latin: novacula Occami; or law of parsimony: Latin: lex parsimoniae) is the problem-solving principle that states that “Entities should not be multiplied without necessity.”
But more applicable in this particular case, perhaps (or perhaps not! perhaps wordpress is trying to reduce our addictions! I did find it odd that the problem started, for me, at least, literally the minute I posted that “I’m not Blogoholic” post….🤓 😂 🙀 ) when viewed through the perspective of older thoughtlines such as this:
“We consider it a good principle to explain the phenomena by the simplest hypothesis possible.” ~ Ptolemy, c. AD 90 – c. AD 168
Source of quotes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam’s_razor
Hugs and love from the heartland,
xoxo Nadine (and the various voices. ;))