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December 1st, 2005
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LJ hiccups
Am I the only one who is now getting e-mailed comment notifications only sporadically?

EDIT: Thank you all for the many great suggestions. (Readers wondering about similar problems, see comments.)

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From:feedle
Date:December 1st, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
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.. and I thought it was my spam filter.
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From:baxil
Date:December 1st, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I don't have one (although, believe me, I really should), so it's not that. It could have been my server rather than LJ's, though.

So I figured I'd ask; odds are good that someone on my friends list will have read something on lj_maintenance or whatever and will be able to point me to the "we know, we're working on it" post.
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From:firestrike
Date:December 1st, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Umm...No. People have been gritching about it since the move to SF. And I'm not sure if it's gotten any better yet. Ask elynne. She's much more on top of this sort of thing than I am.
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From:elynne
Date:December 2nd, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
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Yep, and yep - comment notification emails have been sporadic, at best. Also, I'm getting a lot of error messages and aborted comments, like what just happened to this one.

Thanks, LJ! Thanks a lot! *growl*
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From:baxil
Date:December 2nd, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
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The irony is that I've received every single e-mail for notifications on these comments ...

I think it knows I'm watching and is trying to shape up.
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From:elynne
Date:December 2nd, 2005 04:16 am (UTC)
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It's some kind of LJ meta-program; if you post complaining that you aren't getting comment notification emails, the server will pick it up and make damn sure that EVERY SINGLE COMMENT replying to that entry will generate a notification email. Happens to me every time. Yargh!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 2nd, 2005 11:35 am (UTC)
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Finagle's Law: The perversity of the Universe tends towards a maximum.

--
"Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn't there."
From:lhexa
Date:December 2nd, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
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I'm having that problem too. It's listed on this page.
From:lhexa
Date:December 2nd, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
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To expand on my original comment: I think an attempt was made to change the system so that if you got two replies from the same person on the same entry/comment, you would only be notified once. When it works right, I've noticed that happening.
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From:arethinn
Date:December 2nd, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
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That's odd; why wouldn't I want to get a notification for every comment? I would have to keep looking at the page to see if they replied to my reply to their comment (etc).. Or you know those time when someone wants to say "oh yeah, and...", why would I not want to get a notify for the second comment? What a weird idea.


As for the original post, friend status. It'll put hair on your chest. And preclude having to ask these kinds of questions. ;)
From:lhexa
Date:December 2nd, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
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I meant the latter (when someone replies twice to the same comment, not just replying to a reply), and I can think of a couple of reasons. One is that you're expected to check out the entire thread when you go to reply. Another is that sending out two nearly identical emails, with the same subject lines, a short time from each other, would be noted as suspicious by any good spam filter. I think it should be an option you can toggle, personally.

Of course, it's possible that the randomly dropped notifications I didn't received just happened to give rise to that pattern.
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From:arethinn
Date:December 2nd, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
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One is that you're expected to check out the entire thread when you go to reply.

But if the second reply hadn't been made yet? It could be just a minute or two later, or it could be hours or days later.

two nearly identical emails, with the same subject lines, a short time from each other

They're already that way. The subject lines are all "Reply to your comment..." or "Reply to your post..." and it's easy to get several within seconds of one another if one's involved in a lively thread. (Maybe this is one of the things that SpamCop keeps picking up on?)

I think it should be an option you can toggle, personally.

I agree. Toggleable options are almost always the best thing, IMO. :)
From:lhexa
Date:December 2nd, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
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*smiles* I didn't say they were good reasons. Anyway, we're in agreement. All hail the !

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From:kshandra
Date:December 2nd, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
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This page will help fill in some of the gaps.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 2nd, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
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From:cloakable
Date:December 2nd, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm getting problems too.
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