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Disabling The Default Comment Setting May 16, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Life Balance.

After the “great feedback” it received last week, WP launched an update to subscribe us, by default, to comment threads whenever we post a comment.

After summarizing the experiment WP has been running for the past week or so, Beau Lebens explained the launch of the new default setting . . . AND how to disable it:

By default, posting a comment will now subscribe you to receive follow-up comments via email for that specific post, keeping you updated on the conversation.

This is indicated by the checked box in the comment form.

If you have a WordPress.com account, you now have a global setting to change this so that by default you will not be subscribed.  

If you don’t have an account, then you can create one over here.

To read the whole article:  Stay In The Conversation.

If, like me, you do NOT want to be subscribed to comment threads by default, go to E-Mail Delivery Settings . . . scroll down to Follow Comments and UNCHECK the box.

Then SAVE your changes. 

What an EASY way to keep weeds out of our garden!

After changing the default setting, you can still follow comment threads on intriguing posts by checking the box when you post your comment.   

Aah . . . that’s better! 


1. Lisa Wields Words - May 16, 2012

Thanks for posting this. The response I had received when I complained was less than satisfactory.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

I wonder what type of “great feedback” WP received? Everyone I interact with HATED the change of default setting. 😉

I’m glad that WP has now added a quick fix for those of us who want to revert back to the previous default setting.

2. Andra Watkins - May 16, 2012

Thank you so much for posting this, Nancy. I have been driven to the brink of insanity trying to figure out why this was happening to me.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

As soon as I saw it, I ran round to my global settings to change the default. And then posted this to share the fix with others.

I often subscribe to comment threads . . . but I want to do it on MY TERMS not by default. 😀

Andra Watkins - May 16, 2012

And, the notification feature allows me to keep up with replies to comments I’ve made on other blogs, like this one, which I find perfect for me. The e-mail is maddening.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

Sanity reigns! 😀

3. jannatwrites - May 16, 2012

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for sharing this info. I hate the automatic enrollment in following comments. I have no idea who WP received the great feedback from because I have yet to find even 1 person who loves the change.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

Same here, Janna. I haven’t bumped into a single “fan” of the default subscription feature ~ I know I would rather choose to check the box than remember to uncheck it.

4. suzicate - May 16, 2012

Done! Thank you!!!!!!!!

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

Unchecking that box improved my day today. So nice to be back in the driver’s seat. 😎

5. Three Well Beings - May 16, 2012

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You’ve helped Stop The Madness! 🙂 Debra

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

It’s FUN to be the bearer of GOOD NEWS . . . 😀

6. Jas - May 16, 2012

much needed info Nancy.. been struggling with it for so long now…

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

I get the sense that WP used us as free “guinea pigs.” Glad they’ve now given us a way to opt out of forced conversation.

7. Sandra Bell Kirchman - May 16, 2012

I actually enjoy reading other people’s comments. However, in popular threads like your previous post about these comments, the sheer volume practically crushed me to the ground. I am finally reduced to unchecking the “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” It is with some reluctance that I do this, since most, if not all, of your followers give great comments. Ah, well, when I’m not so busy…

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

I often subscribe for a time to threads . . . and then unsubscribe:

Dashboard -> Blogs I Follow -> Comments

8. granny1947 - May 16, 2012

Oh dear…is it just me?
I click on e-mail settings…the hand appears…nothing happens.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

Scroll down to “Follow Comments” . . . uncheck the box.
Scroll down to “Save Settings” . . . click.

That should do it, Granny.

9. Kate Kresse - May 16, 2012

I am a little confused. When I clicked to comment here in this box, the box below that says notify me of follow-up comments via email is still automatically checked. are you saying that all of our followers still need to go to the dashboard to get those automatics blocked in case we forget to “uncheck” the box below? I am leaving it checked for now so I can read [and hopefully comprehend 😉 ] your response. thanks!

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

When you change your global settings as described above, you will no longer be automatically subscribed to follow up comments.

So the next time you visit a blog and comment, the box will be UNCHECKED unless YOU check it.

Your followers need to change their default settings one by one . . . you can’t do it for them.

10. Maggie - May 16, 2012

Thanks for this post… all of a sudden I was getting tons of email I didn’t want.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

I’m so glad that WP realized that we don’t ALL want to have the same default setting.

11. bluebee - May 16, 2012

Yes, that certainly is better! Thanks for the info, Nancy

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

It’s nice to be able to choose which conversations to follow without accidentally, by default, being subscribed to them all.

12. magsx2 - May 16, 2012

Yes I have been following this in the forum, and there are a lot of complaints. Regardless of what WP said, I have not come across anyone that thought this was a good idea.

Thank You for visiting my blog.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

Same here. Glad that WP has provided us with a suitable solution for those who didn’t see the change as a “good thing.”

13. ryoko861 - May 16, 2012

You’re a doll! THANK YOU!

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

It’s nice to be able to return the default to its pre-experiment setting. 😀

14. Karen J - May 16, 2012

Thanks for posting their quick fix, Nancy! I’m sending it to friends, too.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

Glad to be the bearer of glad tidings! I’m sure our mail boxes will all be breathing a bit easier.

15. judithhb - May 16, 2012

Thanks Nancy – a simple answer to a big problem.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

When I saw their post . . . I raced around to change my default setting. Much better!

16. Piglet in Portugal - May 16, 2012

Thank you! There is nothing worse than leaving a comment and then groaning because you realise that you’ve forgotten to uncheck the comments box! 🙂

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

It is so nice to have the default back the way it was. 😀

17. barb19 - May 16, 2012

Thanks for the link Nancy – I’ve changed my setting.
Aah . . . that’s better!

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

Here’s to being back at the helm with the conversations we choose to follow. 😎

18. Pocket Perspectives - May 16, 2012

whew…that will be a relief…

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

So. Much. Better.

Pocket Perspectives - May 16, 2012

whoops…I must have mis-clicked some other spot…a veryyyy quiet email afternoon…no updates on comments, but no posts from other blogs either..so back in I went….and managed to fix that….seems good now!

nrhatch - May 17, 2012

Yup. If you check the bottom box at the global settings link . . . you get NO e-mail from WP. Sounds like you’ve got it sorted out.

19. Stephanie - May 16, 2012

Much better. Thanks for tagging me.

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

You’re welcome! Enjoy your new found FREEDOM.

20. sufilight - May 16, 2012

WP received great feedback?! hehe. I don’t believe this, as most of us prefer to receive announcements of posts by our favorite writers but not to subscribe to all comments as it fills up the mailbox. Thank for the link, I keep on forgetting to unsubscribe to comments. 🙂

nrhatch - May 16, 2012

I laughed at that too. I didn’t see anyone who liked the change. But, water over the dam, since they’ve now given us the keys to change it back. 😀

One quick click and it’s FIXED!

21. I Wish I Knew How To Quit You « The Accidental Cootchie Mama - May 17, 2012

[…] on how to opt out of comment reply notifications on a global level. Check out her post  Disabling The Default Comment Setting for all the details. Follow this link to opt out of all default comment notifications by unchecking […]

22. tedstrutz - May 17, 2012

Thank you very much… my friend Andra sent me over here.

nrhatch - May 17, 2012

You’re welcome. Glad Andra is spreading the word.

23. sweetdaysundertheoaks - May 17, 2012

Hi Nancy! Thanks for the heads up! I had read about it on Tita’s blog and did the same thing you did, ran to change it. I am still conflicted whether to put the option back to follow comments for each post back on my blog. I’ll be thinking and figure it out. I really prefer and usually do come back to the blogs I comment on and read the thread of comments. But I like to click on over when I feel like it… 🙂

nrhatch - May 17, 2012

I love having the box available to check when a thread intrigues me. If I get a slew of e-mails for a single comment thread, I delete them all (without opening) and then head round to read through the comments.

24. Ronnie@Hurtledto60 - May 17, 2012

Not found many who like WP’s latest “good idea” strangely they are claiming it improving most popular. Thanks for the info about email settings I keep forgetting to uncheck the comments box.

nrhatch - May 17, 2012

I agree. I question the popularity of default subscriptions. But I’m delighted that WP made it so easy for us to opt out.

25. jesterqueen (@jesterqueen) - May 17, 2012

Dear Nancy, I love you. I thought this was something only my computer was doing. Andra Watkins directed us to your instructions. THANK YOU THANK YOU.

nrhatch - May 17, 2012

You’re welcome! On this issue, most of us were in the same boat . . . and it felt as if it was SINKING under the weight of all those unnecessary e-mails. Glad to help.

26. The Good Luck Duck - May 17, 2012

THANK YOU. Came here by way of The Accidental Cootchie Mama, and am relieved to know the universal fix. Also a little happy to know that Blogger isn’t the only platform to roll out stupid “improvements.” *shakes tiny webbed fist*

The Good Luck Duck

nrhatch - May 17, 2012

You quacked me up, Good Luck Duck . . . picturing your tiny webbed fist made me laugh out loud. 😆

27. eof737 - May 23, 2012

By the way, they have disabled it across the board by now. TY! 🙂

nrhatch - May 23, 2012

Really? I haven’t seen anything about that.

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