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  • Resolved mikedev


    Does the post author get an email notification that a comment is ready for moderation?

    I can’t get it to work. The only email I get is to the site admin, not the post author. I’ve searched this support forum and Google, and found conflicting answers.

    This documentation says “…will generate an email to the author of that post.”

    This support post says “By default, the email goes to the site admin, not the author.”

    There are many, many examples of opposing statements. Which is it?

    I’ve tried changing the settings at Settings > Discussions > E-mail me whenever, and Before a comment appears. Nothing gets an email sent to the post author.

    Can I get the post author to receive comment notification without using a plugin? If so, how?


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  • After a lot of testing on WP2.9.2, here are my findings.

    The post author does not get an email notification that a comment is ready for moderation. The post author only gets a notification when a comment is approved. However, the post author can approve comments.

    The administrator is the only one that gets an email notification that a comment is ready for moderation.

    In WordPress admin Settings > Discussion > E-mail me whenever >
    Anyone posts a comment: Here “me” refers to the author. Only the author gets notification of approved comment.
    A comment is held for moderation: Here “me” refers to the admin. Only the admin gets notification of comment to be moderated.

    There are a few plugins that enable moderation notification to the author. Unfortunately all I found were out of date. Fortunately this one still works perfectly:

    Hi, Easy, change the admin address to the address you want it to go to.
    Do not be logged in your self for the testing. You have to be as you expect your incoming posters to be. (Non-admin, what have you).

    Let me know if that works for you.

    Most importantly, no stinking plug in required.


    I like your thinking AFreeman, but I would like my comment notifications emails to go the post author without needing to be approved by an admin.

    I will give you my scenario.

    My club members use posts as notices, like a noticeboard.

    A member posts a notice (all members are then notified through the plug in subscribe2)
    Another member comes back to the site to comment and reply on the original notice.

    At this point I would like the original post author to receive an email saying he has had a reply, and (This would be amazing) a copy of that comment or a permalink to the post.

    Any ideas or plugins you know of mate?



    It’s an old thread and does not seem to concern many people (I wonder why) but it seems to still be the case in WP 3.0.1 🙁

    The documentation on has been changed to reflect what is happening a little better, although somewhat vaguely using the subjective term ‘useful’ :

    Email me whenever

    A comment is held for moderation – Check this box if you want WordPress to send notification that a comment is being held for moderation. The email notification is sent to the E-mail address listed in the Administration > Settings > General SubPanel. This is useful if your blog has multiple authors and each author is authorized to allow or decline comments. That way, you, the owner of the site, can review what comments are being allowed or denied.

    But there seems to be NO way to change this behaviour… What if I as site owner want to leave it all up to the authors and not be bothered with “their” comments at all?

    Do I really need a plugin for this? And if so, which one?

    Bummer 🙁

    Glad to see I’m not the only one encountering this. In my case I want approvals to go to the admin, simple notifications to goto the post author. I’m amazed this simple function isn’t already built in to WordPress!

    cruxwireweb, could you explain further? because i believe the behaviour you want is already what WP does by default: it send approval e-mails to the admin (or at least the moderator e-mail address set under Settings > General) and normal comment notifiactions go to the post author… seems to be exactly as you want it 🙂

    I agree – Comment Moderation should be switchable to the Author of the post, not the Site Administrator.

    I just wanted to echo that I also agree that comment moderation and comment notification should be switchable to the author of the post.

    Just released a new and very simple plugin:

    Install and activate. That’s all there is to it 🙂

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