Without prior warning Staff changed the default setting on WordPress.com comment notifications. Many WordPress.com bloggers found their email overflowing with comment notifications re: posts they had previously commented on and weren’t impressed by the change. Staff responded to user feedback and the default has now been rolled back.
May 6, 2012, 11:27 AM The reported behavior of email notification for comments is not a bug. It is a new default setting when commenting.
This feature was a recent change to the way comments work on all WordPress.com blogs.
Once you click in the Leave a Reply comment box, you will see the “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” check box appear. Simply un-check this box before you submit your comment and you will not receive email notifications.
If you ever forget to un-check the box you can always unsubscribe here:
You can manage your comment subscriptions under Comments.
May 15, 2012, 5:21 PM It’s now much easier for you and your commenters to keep track of the conversations you’re involved in across WordPress.com. Some recent tests have shown that by subscribing commenters to new comments by default, they are more likely to stay engaged and come back and comment more on your blog. With that knowledge, we’ve changed the default comment following behavior to help you get more conversations going on your blog.
We made the initial changes last week and after great feedback from you we just launched an update. Here’s how it works:
http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/follow-comments/ You can set your own default at http://wordpress.com/#!/read/subsettings/
May 17, 2012, 9:57 PM Update (May 17): Since this feature went live we’ve had a bunch of feedback and it looks like following comments by default is not a good fit for a lot of bloggers (and their readers) after all. We looked at a few different options, but for now we’ve just changed things back to how they were before. To follow a conversation, make sure you check the box when you post a comment. http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/follow-comments/