If you host a blog, you may have received a complaint that one of your commenters is receiving multiple notifications for the thread on which they commented. Is this a bug in your blog’s software, and if so, how do you fix it?
It is likely untrue.
There is a popular spam comment floating around lately that reads something like this:
When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment.
Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
In the case of the comment above, which we received, it is merely a cleverly-disguised spam comment. WordPress does not allow this “notify me” option, unless you are using a plug-in that allows this functionality. Your blogging software could be different, but in the case of WordPress, this comment doesn’t apply.
If you want to double-check your site to make sure this isn’t an issue, navigate to an article on your blog, be sure you’re not logged in, and go to the area where you can leave a comment. As you’ll see, at least in the case of WordPress, this only allows for name, email, website, and the comment itself. There is no “notify me” option on our site, yet we receive this comment daily.
Unless you have a plug-in installed that allows a notification feature, you can comfortably ignore comments like these.
Let us know if you have had this issue occur with on other blogging platforms, or if you have received this same spam comment and were fooled by it.
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