Inconstant Comments

WordPress.com comments are behaving badly. L’Enfant de la Haute Mer had the first problem with a comment that duplicated itself. Many hours later, I just had the same problem in replying to one of c’s comments. I don’t know what they’re tinkering with, but if you wait a while, things will probably settle down… into a reliably broken state. 😈

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  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Friday January 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    there is more:
    when I asked to subscribe, the sent me a mail.
    SubjectQ
    “[Subscribe] Comments on Steve Bates, The Yellow Doggerel Something – please confirm”.

    and in the contentQ
    “Howdy.

    You recently asked to follow this blog. This means you will receive each new post by email.

    To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don’t want to follow, ignore this message and we’ll never bother you again.”

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Friday January 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I have subscribed again in order to be notified of follow-up comments via email,
    and I got the same message as above!!!!

    • Steve  On Friday January 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Enfant, I can only guess at a cause. WordPress.com seems to process blog-related emails in batches (often overnight). The connection between your email (or web page) and your ultimate subscription is an indirect one:

      * you open the email (or visit a web page) and click a link or button;
      * clicking the link silently invokes a web URL (probably using your browser invisibly behind the scenes to talk to WordPress.com in HTML),
      * the query string of that URL (the part after the first ‘?’) contains information that requests or confirms a subscription (or whatever… they use the same mechanism for several operations),
      * the URL is transmitted over the web to be received and interpreted by a server at WordPress.com,
      * the WordPress.com server inserts an entry into a database table which contains a list of user requests to be addressed later,
      * when I put up a blog post, WordPress.com checks that list to see if anyone is subscribed to my blog, i.e., awaiting a notification, and if so, it queues up an email to be sent to you,
      * a WordPress.com email server sends that email.

      Again, that’s just a guess of how it works, but it’s a fairly common approach. As you can see, there are a few places where things can go wrong. 🙂

      In particular, if you send another request and the first one hasn’t been processed yet, WordPress.com doesn’t “know” that there is a previous request from you that is pending. So it just sends another confirmation email just like the first one.

      That’s about the best I can do at explaining what may be happening. If you haven’t started seeing your subscription emails after, say, 24 hours, you may want to either try again, or contact WordPress.com help. Good luck with that; my experiences with their help service are not very good.

    • Steve  On Saturday January 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Off topic… Enfant, this is probably not news to you: European Crisis: Multiple Credit Downgrades, Greek Debt Talks Collapse

      Firedoglake is one of my favorite sites, mostly on American politics.

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Saturday January 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Steve,
    I Know!
    Many of us already knew just two years ago, what exactly was going to happen to Greece, and I mean in details and EXACTLY!
    Including the unelected governmental cohabitation, in order to impose austerity measures, and every week more new measures,……..
    Also Off topic…

    PAUL KRUGMAN: America Isn’t a Corporation:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/opinion/krugman-america-isnt-a-corporation.html?_r=1

    (unfortunately, I had to visit this page again, to find out if there has been any follow-up comments. I hope, this time my subscription will be effective!)

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Saturday January 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    no way to subscribe!

    • Steve  On Saturday January 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Enfant, I am sorry. I didn’t do any explicit thing to prevent subscriptions. I will check over my WordPress profile to see if there’s anything I can do to fix your problem.

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Saturday January 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Steve,
    Perhaps it is only this post which is “broken”!
    Don’t bother please !

    • Steve  On Saturday January 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Enfant, I can’t find anything unusual in my Settings pages. It is regrettable that you in particular, who comment daily on my site, are the one who cannot receive notices.

      • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Sunday January 15, 2012 at 3:47 am

        Steve,

        It might also be Yahoo.fr’s problem!
        This happened on two of your posts.
        Next time I’ll try to comment on fresh staff!
        🙂
        Have a nice day!

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