WordPress 2.3.1 comment bug bit me — but it’s fixed

A lost Exit78 post , recovered from Internet Archive WayBackMachine; July 2011

In three out of six of our blogs, we have not been receiving e-mail notifications for a couple of weeks for comments that were posted nor for comments that were being held for moderation. Two of the other blogs don’t get comments very often and the other one only gets spam comments, most of which is caught by Askimet.

My first guess was that one of the spam filters was incorrectly dumping the notifications. I changed the email address a couple of different ways to try to see if a message would be sent, but none of that worked.

After a couple of hours of frustration, I finally decided to go to the WordPress forums to see if anyone else had the same problem. I searched on the phrase comment mail and found that others had seen the same problem and that the solution was to either make sure the e-mail address the notification was sent to was named “WordPress” or delete a line of code in a php file.

I tried both.

The second one worked.


November 27, 2007

windyridge @ 8:24 pm

Yikes, I haven’t gone to 2.31 form 2.3 yet. Have you found a big difference? IOW is it worth it?

Thanks for your kind comments about my post on Random Good Stuff. I appreciate them.

Can’t type in my url, the cursor keeps jumping up to the email line!

I’ve fixed the problem — there was an coding error on one of the theme’s php pages. – Mike Goad

November 29, 2007

pete @ 3:25 pm

So that’s the bug! I just upgraded to 2.3.1 from 2.2.2 and these delivery failure messages started arriving in my inbox. Rolando at rplayground.com gave me the fix today, but this is the first I’ve seen about it in detail. Thanks for the link to the WP page.

You’re welcome! I’m just glad I was able to find a solution. It was pretty frustrating.


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