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[resolved] Does the post author automatically get subscribed to commen (36 posts)

  1. Tevya
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Great plugin BTW. Really like it. But I'm confused about something: does the author of a post automatically get subscribed to all comments on their post? This is how I want it to be, but am unsure if that is the case. I've looked for a setting, but found none. I have a private blog where people communicate and collaborate. I'd like all authors (actually they're technically subscribers, but I've given them posting permissions through the User Role Editor plugin), to automatically be notified of any comments on their post. Is this already happening? Or is it just not a feature? I find no setting to turn it on or off, so I'm just confused and unsure of how the plugin is acting. Everything else about it is great, just this one area of confusion. Thanks.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/subscribe-to-comments-reloaded/

  2. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Authors don't need to subscribe, since WordPress has this feature built into the system, you can activate under Settings > Discussion, I believe. StCR 1.4 will have a feature to alert the administrator of ALL comments posted, though.

    Camu

  3. Tevya
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Maybe I'm just missing it, but I don't think WP has that feature any longer. If I remember correctly, I researched this other day, before I found your plugin. I believe the notify authors of comments feature was dropped from WP several versions back. I looked through the discussion settings very carefully just to make sure, and couldn't find it.

    StCR 1.4 will have a feature to alert the administrator of ALL comments posted, though.

    Doesn't the "Notify admin" feature in 1.3 do this? Or am I misunderstanding the description: "Notify the administrator when a new comment is posted"?

    Either way, I'm interested in having the post author notified, and as I said, I don't think WP does this anymore. I have several multi-author blogs I run, and I just got an email from one of the authors the other day, asking me how they could get updates on new comments posted on their articles.

    If I've missed something, feel free to clue me in. But if not, an option to opt-in all authors automatically to notifications of comments on posts they wrote, would be a great addition to your already awesome plugin. Thanks.

  4. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi there,
    let me answer your questions one by one.

    - If you go to this page [1], under Discussion Settings you can read "Anyone posts a comment - Check this box so that every single comment posted will generate an email to the author of that post." - I still see this option in my admin panel, so I don't think it has been dropped by WP just yet. Unless you're coming from the future and are using WP 7.0 :-)

    - Doesn't the "Notify admin" feature in 1.3 do this? Sort of: that option allows you to be notified when someone subscribes to a discussion without commenting. WordPress does not handle that kind of requests, so my plugin takes care of alerting the administrator when a new subscription without commenting has been requested.

    Please let me know if you have any questions!

    Camu

    [1] http://codex.wordpress.org/Settings_Discussion_SubPanel

  5. Tevya
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay, thanks! I guess I've always misunderstood that setting. Perhaps the wording needs to be updated in WP? I assumed it meant that "me", the admin, would get an email for every comment, not the post author. Just what you're saying you're going to add in 1.4.

    Instead, it does exactly what I want, but I've always left it unchecked, because I didn't want to get tons of comment notifications. However, now I'll check it, to keep my authors updated.

    Thanks, maybe I'll have to find where to make suggestions for WP 3.1, and see if they'll update the wording to something like "Notify post author(s) of comments on their posts." So you don't have to read the codex to understand what that setting really means.

  6. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Good point! Hey, don't forget to vote for my plugin!

    Camu

  7. Tevya
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Will do! Thanks again.

  8. illis
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Whoa, that IS misleading, I always thought exactly the same as you, Tevya; I thought the 'me' the admin, not the author. Did you test this yet?

  9. Tevya
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    :) Yeah.

    Well I turned it on on several blogs, but nothing's happened yet to confirm/deny it. I'll email one of my authors that posted recently and see if they got a notification of a comment I just saw.

    If you look at the link Camu provided to the Discussion Settings, it specifically says the post author will be notified for that setting, while the one right next to it, refers only to the Admin.

  10. illis
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Oh, missed that link by Camu, sorry and thanks for pointing that out. You are right, it does state quite clearly that 'Please note that the use of "me" refers to either a post author or the administrator'. Now we know. I think I'll fix that in my translation, though.

  11. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yeah, I agree it's misleading indeed, I had been tricked by the wording too. Maybe we should tell the core developers to fix it :-)

  12. Tevya
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Well if either of you know how to tell them, please do. I don't know how, so I'd have to learn first, but if neither of you know how either, I'll be happy to learn, and then do it.

  13. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    I think we can open a ticket, I'll take care of this next week, after Thanksgiving.

    Camu

  14. illis
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Sounds like a plan. Should be easy enough to change.

  15. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    I've been busy lately, but this is still in my to-do list :)

  16. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay, it seems like someone else had the same problem, and there's a ticket already but it hasn't been addressed yet

    http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/6286

    Camu

  17. Tevya
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Looks like we won't see it in 3.1. Is there any way to "vote" it up, so it gets higher priority?

  18. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have no idea :)

  19. illis
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Oh damn, just tested and found out that

    Email me whenever
    Anyone posts a comment - Check this box so that every single comment posted will generate an email to the author of that post.

    ...actually means that WP will email both the admin and the author on all comments - including those held for moderation. The author, however, does not even have the right to moderate comments, so this is completely wrong.

    The culprit might be somewhere in pluggable.php, namely wp_notify_postauthor.
    I'm using the WP-SpamFree plugin, but that doesn't seem to the aforementioned function.

    I guess I'll investigate the plugin directory and if nothing's found, go on writing a plugin to overwrite wp_notify_postauthor, unless you guys have a better idea?

  20. illis
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Well, can't be bothered to investigate this any further, the fix is easy enough:
    just add this to the wp_notify_postauthor function:
    if ( $comment->comment_approved != 1 ) return false;

    That takes care of it. A guess the proper way of doing that is to write it into a plugin, so that's exactly what I did. Works for me.

  21. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    You may want to propose this as a patch to be included in core.

    Camu

  22. illis
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I guess I should, but a universal solution is not quite as simple as that;
    my fix doesn't take into account the post author's capabilities. A proper way of doing this would be to notify the post author of comments held for moderation only in the case that he/she has the capability to moderate comments.

    ^well ok, there we go, somebody should definitely make it like that. Beyond my coding powers, though.

    On this particular site I'm not running the latest WP version, so I shall test it with the newest stuff and file a ticket only after that.

  23. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 3 years ago #

    As far as I can see, this is exactly what they are discussing in that ticket that I mentioned before :)

  24. illis
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You are right; when looking for a quick fix I arrived to the exactly same best case scenario. There are some smart people cracking these nuts :-)

    My fix above is still valid for some of us as they seem to be heading for the 3.2 release with the proper remake of the notification settings.
    Best to keep it in a plugin, though.

  25. julius
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,
    with the wordpress default subscribtion the author can't unsubscribe his posts.

    With markjaquith STC plugin I'm doing this:

    when I publish a new post submitted from an author, I simply make a "subscribe without commenting" in that post for the post author.

    In this way the subscribtion is full managed by the plugin.

    Camu, very nice plugin! The best would be if the author of a post would be subscribed in this way when his post is published.

    Julius

  26. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Julius,

    Camu, very nice plugin! The best would be if the author of a post would be subscribed in this way when his post is published.

    Again, I believe this is something WordPress should take care of, since it already does that, even if you can't "manage" those subscriptions. Adding such a feature to my plugin would just be redundant.

    Camu

  27. julius
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Camu,
    MJ's STC handles subscriptions without commenting
    n. 4 here...
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/subscribe-to-comments/installation/

    Adding this would be very useful because even a post author wants to unsubscribe if his post has a lot of comments.

    Julius

  28. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Julius, you're right. I'll think about it.

    Camu

  29. camu
    Member
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 2 years ago #

    This feature has been implemented in 2.0.2 :) Thank you, Julius.

  30. Tevya
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Great news. Thanks for including this Camu.

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