This is Sofia again. I wanted to add that in the configuration page I do select "Whisper to an author of a blog post".
I also wanted to mention that just below the checkbox on the comment page which is followed by "Whisper to blog author(s) (content will not be displayed after submission if you are not registered)", there is an empty drop down select menu. And all of the information that is usually in my side bar (search, recent posts, etc) is now displaced to the bottom of the page and the formatting is all wrong.
Is there something I can do to fix this? I was looking thru the code (I am not a php programmer) and it seems that may be a missing '?>' within the function "display_user_select". Just a guess.