May 22, 2013

A rant... about Blogger comments. Are YOU a no-reply blogger?!

Day 22Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. 

**PLEASE NOTE: I HAVE NOW SET UP THE DISQUS COMMENT PLUG-IN ON MY BLOG - THIS POST IS ONLY APPLICABLE TO THOSE WHO ARE USING BLOGGER COMMENTS, AND IF YOU TEST YOUR PROFILE IN THE COMMENT SECTION OF THIS POST, IT WILL NOT WORK NOW. (just shows your Disqus profile)**

I'm not in the mood to piss anyone off today, so I won't get too controversial on this one. But I would like to talk about something that drives me absolutely flippin' bonkers about this little blogging platform so many of us utilize. Yep, I'm looking at you, BLOGGER. And I hope the powers-that-be read this, because we need reform, dangit! 

Rant: The comment system here on Blogger sucks fantastically. It does, it really does.  

I'd like you to do a little exercise with me. Go to your Blogger profile. If you have to, leave a comment on this post that just says "testing, testing, 1, 2, 3!", then click your own name. Your Blogger profile will pop up, and if, under "Contact Me" it doesn't say "email," then you are NOT set up to properly enjoy the commenting system here on Blogger. Why they don't make it a mandatory field to fill out as long as you're a Blogger-user, I'll never know. 

It should look like this:



An NOW, if you have your Google plus account linked as your profile instead of the Blogger one, that means you automatically aren't set up correctly, either. Grrrr. 

Jenni, when you say "set up correctly, what does that mean?"  Good question.

Many if not most bloggers (at least ones that have been around the block a time or two), have their comments set up to be delivered straight to their inbox. You do this by going to your dashboard > settings > mobile and email > put in the address you want comments to come to.  Then, voila! All comments now come straight to your inbox, and you can actually reply directly to these comments by just clicking "reply" and typing up your note back to the commenter! It will go straight to THEIR email inbox, and a nice little conversation can happen behind the scenes. UNLESS. Unless you don't have that email added on your profile, which sooo many people don't. Then, instead of your email address popping up in the recipient field when I go to reply to you, THIS comes up:  


poor Melyssa is my example today. She has an amazing blog, by the way!

The dreaded noreply-comment@blogger.com. If you reply to this comment, your reply will be sent off into endless cyberspace, never to be seen again. 

Of course the other option is to reply to all comments right in the thread, but I don't love doing that because A) I always wonder if I'm wasting my time - will you even come back to read my reply? That's another way that Blogger sucks. There's no system to email you when I reply in-thread. BOO! FIX THAT 'ISH, BLOGGER!!!  >:(

So, go add your email, if you haven't already. And enjoy the community this platform has to offer. Go to your profile, click "Edit Profile" on the top right, and then check this box, and put in the email address you'd like to use a little further down the screen:




Even if you're on Wordpress, make a Blogger profile with your email and website link, so you can comment on Blogger blogs and enjoy cross-platform networking. Priscilla is a great example of a Wordpress user that has a blogger profile she uses to comment on Blogger blogs like mine, and it includes her email and her website link. There's no reason we different-platform-users shouldn't get along just swimmingly, eh?!

And that's my rant. SPREAD THE WORD. Let's fix this noreply-comment nonsense once and for all. Don't be a no reply-commenter!  

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268 comments:

  1. Agreed! There is nothing like writing a really nice comment back to someone whose commented only to find out they are a No Reply Blogger. Plus something happened to me AFTER I had fixed it for myself and I reverted back to it again. Was not until one of my blogger friends gave mea heads up that I was able to correct it again. I agree...this urks me too. :/ Wish Blogger would fix the problem on their side to save us all the trouble. x

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

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    1. The same thing happened to me! I fixed it, and then it reverted back to its original ways. Annoying!

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    2. Same here!! I switched to Google+ and it made me a no-reply blogger!! I had to delete all of the google+ from my profile so I could go back to blogger. So crazy!

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    3. Google Doesnt want to make it easy on anyone it seems. ;)

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  2. So I was annoyed that I was actually ready to link early this morning and nothing, NOTHING! I refreshed and refreshed and then this. It washed away all annoyance (I know... I'm like the little old lady...) because thhhhank you JENNI. People will read this and change, because of you.

    Today you are making the world a better place. Go rest, you've done you're good deed.

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  3. I thought I was the only one bothered by this.. Smh

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  4. Did not realise it was difficult!

    Good rant! Grrrr!

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  5. I was always wondering about this since I blog with wordpress and want my blog to be the link on comments sections but if I can do both that is awesome!

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  6. I couldn't even agree more. UGH it drives me bonkers. Especially when I get the sweetest comments on my blog and I have to go all 007 and hunt them down. It's ridiculous! Stupid blogger... get your ish together.

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  7. this is such an informative rant. kudos to you girl :)

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  8. I didn't even realize this was a THING! Thanks for sharing and I totally just went in and made the necessary changes.

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  9. I just found out about this through this blog... I'm still adjusting to this, as I kind of like responding in the thread -- but like you said, e-mailing people does get the feedback directly to them and this seems to be the general practice in the blogging world... I need to stop being stubborn and get aboard the e-mailing comments train

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  10. It's also hard when you are a wordpress blogger and comment on a blogger blog. I still haven't found any way to fix my "no-reply" status! Streamline things people!

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    1. I mention this at the end of the post, actually! You can create a Blogger profile like that of the Wordpress user I linked to, and you'll be good to go!

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    2. Shows my short attention span... :)

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  11. I thought I fixed my no-reply status...but I noticed that I still wasn't getting reply e-mails. So, because of this, I now make it a point to go back to blogs I comment on to check if there's a reply. Such a hassle, so I'm going to try again. and again.

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  12. THANK YOU! I have been blogging with Blogger for almost three years, and somehow I never have figured this one out. I always wondered if I got responses to my comments, but never remembered or had the time to go back to individual posts to find out.

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  13. I always get annoyed when bloggers I comment on get up in arms about this. What if we CHOOSE to not have replies go to our inbox? Why can't bloggers reply in the comment publicly? When a blogger harps on me for being a "no reply" blogger. I get offended and will probably chose not to read their blogs anymore. Shouldn't bloggers (especially ones running ads) be a bit more amendable to their readers? Perhaps people do not LIKE replies going to their inbox?

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    1. Oops, I had no idea this topic had the potential to annoy/offend anyone! I'm sorry about that!

      Personally, the email comment reply system works well for me because I often receive hundreds of comments per week and just don't have enough hours in my day to reply to them all, on top of replying to all the email I get (and running a business... and having a personal life.) So I only reply to some when I have time, usually to really loyal commenters or people with questions. But I prefer to do it privately so no one gets their feelings hurt if they see I replied to someone else and not them. In a perfect world, "bigger" bloggers would reply to all comments, yes. I know I truly wish I could, and I hate that I can't. I used to reply to every single one, or at least visit and comment back, but then it became overwhelming and unmanageable. The more you reply, the more people comment, and the more impossible it becomes. That's the way it is, unfortuantely! Just wanted to give you a little of my perspective on that. Sorry for the weirdly long reply. :)

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    2. I totally agree Saimaeve, and because I do visit and respond to every visit/comment getting an email to me isn't reciprocating.

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    3. If Blogger changed their commenting platform, this would be a non-issue, like Jenni said. We have the option to reply in the thread, but we have no way of knowing if the commenter will come back and see that reply. How ridiculous would it be if I commented on about 5 blogs a day, and for the next week, kept coming back each day to see if I received a reply? One, I would totally forget which blogs I commented on, and two, that's just too much work. Until Blogger changes this, the e-mail replies are the best way to go to make sure your reader sees your reply. But to each his own! :)

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    4. Thanks for starting this discussion! I've always felt like Jenni: "Why would anyone be a no-reply blogger?!" but now I realize I didn't consider it from someone like Saimaeve's view.

      When I get a comment from a no-reply blogger in my email inbox, I always wonder if I should somehow try to alert them to this fact (because it seems like most commenters are unaware). But now I realize some people may be anonymous by choice... not something I understand, but I can 100% respect it!

      Either way, Bailey is right - if the platform was changed, this would totally be a non-issue! Come on, Blogger!

      Sarah @ Life As Always

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  14. yes! this bothers me so much! I received some super sweet comments yesterday that I couldn't respond to because of that :(

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  15. I'm on Blogger but am now linked to Google+....I just left myself a comment as you suggested and it takes me straight through to my Google+ page.

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    1. Me to Simone, do people have access to our emails through Google+?

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    2. I agree! I tried and tried. HELP US! Haha

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    3. Another reader left this comment, and apparently it works if you do this: "I had to fix it by deactivating Google +, changing the settings, and then reactivating google + again."

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  16. Thank you so much for this post! I didn't even realize this. Just went in and fixed the issue :)

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  17. Haha, I HATE that you don't get a reply when someone replies to your comment on another blog besides your own. I'm linked to Google+ too, but when people reply to my comments on their blogs via e-mail, I usually get the response.

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  18. As a Wordpress blogger it took me forever to get this right! And a blogger nicely tracking down my email to inform me what I needed to do. Which was awesome b/c I had no idea! They definitely do not make it easy.

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  19. haha I feel like such a putz for being your example, but you should be happy to know that I just changed it to include my e-mail! yay! I haven't used Blogger in a long time (I use Wordpress now), so I didn't really know how annoying this can be. Thanks for sharing and helping me become a better blogging citizen. :)

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  20. so true, i comment bk on their blogs cos i now if someone replied to my comment i would have to go bk and check. but i'm abit clueless when it comes to all this. lovely rant! :)

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  21. Good to know! Going to check mine now :o)

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  22. I can't even get to the profile section on blogger to see if this is how mine is set up! it just takes me to my google plus profile. grrrrr.

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  23. thank you for doing this! i was once a no-reply blogger. did not know it until i started seeing post like these and i checked. now i can get comments and do not feel ignored.

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  24. AMEN. I was using Blogger for years without realizing I was a no-reply blogger, even though it frustrated me to no end when I got comments from other no-reply bloggers! Such an evil system.

    Sometimes companies try too hard to be cool and make new things (cough, Google +, cough) that things just get too confusing for the people actually using their platforms!

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  25. I am so glad you posted this! It drives me nuts as well.

    I was all set up on my Blogger profile, but then linked my Google + account and now I don't know if I am set up and can NOT find where the settings are to check if I am!

    Help!?!?

    Thanks!

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  26. So I just did this and it deleted ALL the blogs I followed from the reader list in Blogger. It also no longer gives me the full set of options on the left (template, stats, etc.). Can someone please tell me this is just a fluke?

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    1. You may find it just needs to be refreshed or something. I have had a few of those "OMG! I just lost everything!!!" moments myself with Blogger. I have never had it gone for more than a few hours. Reboot and see if that helps.
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  27. This really does seem like a non-combative post... yet I can see the point of the person who does not agree with your stance. I think if a blogger doesn't care about replies to their comments, then they can do whatever they want and just hit the publish button.

    However, if visits back to their blog or replies to comments are something they want, then there are many ways to get there, from a link in the comment back to their blog, to the addition of a non-formatted email address either in the comment or on their profile.

    I have been blogging for over five years, and comments sent via email is a relatively new thing. I remember being shocked the first time it happened to me! In the past a person had to go back to the post to read whether or not a reply was issued. It is nice that there are other options now.
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  28. I disagree, I think people should visit and leave comments on blogs, not email instead. I am notified of comments in my inbox; but make my visits from my blog and want to go to their blog. Always irritates me when someone one doesn't return the favor of a visit and sends an email instead. Never seems like the way to go to me. I've purposely left my email not connected for that reason.

    Though I do hate it when people don't use their blog url and you're taken to their profile page, it's time consuming to figure out which blog to visit, though with blogger it's far easier to see the blogs. With google+ sometimes you never do find the blog AND when you find it far too many have their settings such that you can't leave a comment unless you join google+. I try to not waste my time if I remember who they are.
    Oozing Out My Ears

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    1. The link to your blog isn't working, Sandy. I had to go to your profile, and it was time consuming to figure out which blog to visit. :P

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    2. I agree Sandy...I find it more personal to comment on the blog. I can find most people. I'm easy to find, I only have one blog!

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    3. Not sure why my link didn't work, thats the problem with having to use a hyper link vs name and url, it's too easy to type something wrong. Thanks Baily for letting me know. Will pop over Rowena

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  29. I'm a newbie to blogger and I've spent the past week rattling my brains with problems like this!
    Thanks for the advice - Great blog!

    x

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  30. I was guilty of this until a fellow blogger saved me. Now I converting as many as I can!

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  31. This is the reason why I use Disqus instead of the Blogger comment system. I never realised you can actually reply via e-mail on Blogger. Though I really don't understand why Blogger doesn't send an e-mail when you reply in-thread. I like commenting on other journals, but I don't go back to posts every time to check if the writer wrote something back or not. It's really annoying =/

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    1. Thanks for the post today Jenni! I had no idea!

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  33. Good to know I will have to check it out!

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  34. Oh yeah def one of my pet peeves! Seriously millions of people use BLOGGER and they haven't fixed this!

    thanks

    happymedley.blogspot.com

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  35. I just learned about being a "no-reply" blogger this morning when someone commented on my blog telling me that I was! I'm super new to blogging and am still learning everything. I have fixed my "no-reply" blogger status!

    I did also want to say how much I love reading your blog. There are so many things you post that are relatable and honest. Probably one of my favorite blogs!!

    ~Sheryl

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  36. i'm not on blogger anymore. but when i try to post a comment on a blogger blog with my typepad account, my photo does not show up! it just gives the default little orange arrow for typepad. so annoying. i've tried to contact blogger to have them fix this problem but that was months ago and no such luck :( so i comment on all blogger blogs with my google+ id. it's a problem. the entire comment system here is not cool.

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  37. YES! This drives me batty... and sometimes I forget to check and type out this nice long reply and bam... no reply email. UGHHHHHHH.

    p.s. I have to say I'm loving this challenge and how it's brought so many bloggers together. I've discovered some of my new favorite blogs through this... including yours.

    So thank you, Jenni!

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  38. yes! such a pet peeve of mine :).

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    1. Hmmm, it just goes straight to my g+ page, crap. I think I broke it.

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  40. I this was such a "good" rant for me. I never realized that by putting your email on your blogger account, people would want to comment me back that way. So thank you for the informative rant! I learned something new today :)

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  41. Interesting. I have left my email off on purpose, but if it will allow comment replies then it might be worth changing. I guess I'll find out right now. Thanks for the tip.

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  42. This drives me crazy! I am so sad when I can't reply directly to people who comment. And then I don't know if it is rude to go to their blog and tell them they are a no-reply commenter! Maybe they have it set up that way on purpose, or maybe they have no idea!

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  43. Okay, Jenni, I'm trying this out!

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  44. I hope I did it right!! Thanks for the tutorial!! I like exclamation points!!

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  45. Unpopular comment here, but I actually don't like getting e-mails back to comments. I'm not a no-reply blogger because if someone does want to answer me I don't want to take away their option to, but in general I prefer not to get answers to comments - simply because I read so many blogs and leave so many comments, and if everyone answers (even if all I've said is 'I really like the way this is written, I hope your day is better than yesterday though') then I just don't have time to get back to them. And then I feel bad...

    It actually puts me off commenting on a blog if every time I do I get a response... so I really think no reply is down to personal choice (though I do agree that people should be made aware if they are automatically a no reply, and don't realise it)

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    1. actually, i think this doesn't matter for me because I use Disqus, haha

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  47. This drives me insane as well. I much prefer to send a personal reply to my commenters...it makes it that more personal.

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  48. Does this happen if your blogger account is linked to your Google? Is it still no-reply@....??

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    1. It did for mine. I had to fix it by deactivating Google +, changing the settings, and then reactivating google + again. x

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    2. Thanks, just dont want to permanently unlink my G+ account

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  49. I'm definitely not set up then! I'd better go and do some testing. Thanks for the rant and the tips!

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  50. Setting mine up! Testing, 1,2,3....


    Thanks for this Jenni! <3

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  51. I completely agree and I hate when I can't respond to comments because they're a no-reply blogger. Just doesn't seem like it's worth the time or effort to track them down.

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  52. I like this post. I actually found out about the no-reply thing from another blog (I don't remember which one) a while back, and I had NO IDEA I was a no reply commenter. I read a lot of blogs and comment from time to time, but I rarely went back to see if they responded unless I posed a question to them. It just took too long to go back to all the blogs and have to find my comment. When I changed it, I LOVED getting the responses to my email. It really did make me feel part of a "community' even though I'm more of a reader than an actual blogger.

    I do sometimes wonder how much bloggers really want me to reply to their email though. I do sometimes if it's a genuine question or seems to really merit an email response, but I also don't want to flood their email inbox with continuing to reply to something not really important when they don't even know me, ya know. I'm sure they're getting enough email. Thoughts?

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    1. I think that, once the other blogger replies to your comment, the conversation is probably pretty much finished right there, unless they asked you a question or something they said really merited a response. Most of the time when I reply via email, I don't hear back again. I just reply so they know I appreciated what they said, etc. Sometimes I do hear right back, though, and that's usually where the conversation ends. It can't just keep going forever, not for me anyway. When I first started blogging and had less comments, I was much for willing to email back and forth, but now my replies, like I said, are more just to say, "thanks, I hear you!" :) (PS - I'm also posting this reply in the thread, so others can see! It was a good question!)

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  53. I have mine setup but I still hate this system blogger uses. I personally wish there was an option the notify the user if someone replies to the comment directly on the blog. Tbh it's one of the reasons I used disqus when using blogger. Google/blogger is always changing things but they honestly need to fix this commenting system as it's so outdated and irritating.

    J.

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  54. Already had this set up and I didn't even know it! Thanks for the info!

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  55. Blogger Commenting does suck. I did a full tutorial to fix it and posted it to my blog.
    BUT - Here's the catch - Google/Blogger/whatever periodically changes it back. I wish I was joking but I'm not. I check mine about once per month, it's absolutely ridiculous. I read controversy that it's to protect your email address, which frankly I think it's a load of crap. I should be able to choose if I want to put my "email at risk".
    I just get so frustrated when it's fixed and then it goes back to broken again - so most bloggers fix it and then don't think about it again thinking they are in the clear.

    Finally on my blog I switched to Intense Debate (I hate Disqus - been there, done that and they have serious loading problems). Sure, with the switch it's like one extra step to make a comment - but readers can comment via their twitter, FB, email - whatever they choose, and if someone wants to get rowdy I can block their IP. I just seriously could not stand the blogger commenting platform anymore due to the no reply mess.

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  56. @Kristina S - yeah! I'm glad you said that it changes because I know for a fact that my email was listed properly before, but I checked just now and it wasn't there. Annoying.

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  57. You couldn't have chosen a better time to do this post! I've only been blogging for about two weeks now and just received my first followers and comment yesterday (baby steps haha)! But anyway, I tried to reply to a reader's comment and I didn't see an email so I just clicked the reply button below her comment. I was wondering if she would ever even see my reply, unless she checked my blog comments again. Same goes for when I comment on other blogs. If you reply to this post, I guess I won't be notified? Will I just have to check back later to see?

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  59. This is nuts. I'm surprised by all those saying they don't want to get an email reply back.. why not!?? Who doesn't like getting email? Well, obviously quite a few! But I have a hard time with those who don't care to have that relationship established w/the blogger they're leaving the comment for and want to keep the 'no reply' and never come back to check the blog for the public reply.

    It confuses me.

    I get sad when I get a great comment from someone with the 'no reply' and who has no link to their blog, but I think what gets me the most lately (and what I should have 'ranted' about) is the fact that now away days 90% of bloggers (that I comment on at least) no longer reply to my comments.

    I get people are busy. I get no one's bound by the imaginary blogging laws of replying. but I feel like I waste my time and effort leaving decent comments when not ONE of them even cares to reply back. Even when I ask questions. And this is all levels of bloggers, big and small. It makes me think the whole 'tight knit blogging community' is a big pile of hooey these days because of it.

    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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    1. I agree lots of folks don't comment back, perhaps though this no reply thing answer the question a bit? I don't want an email instead of blog comment. Emails don't help your blog ranking. So when you ask why people don't want emails...that's the reason.

      You do establish a relationship with back and forth blogging. I've known some folks on blog list over 5 years. I think you misunderstand not wanting the email with not wanting the relationship. I can't figure out why anyone wants a full email box and no blog traffic. So many here seem to be on the band wagon..isn't the reason to have a blog to have traffic?
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  60. Good to know! I just started blogging and had no idea this was an issue!!

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  61. When I set up my blog a few months ago I was sure to set it up 'correctly' because I had remembered reading it in an older post of yours. It is SO nice being able to comment/respond via email. I think it helps build relationships with other bloggers. I didn't realize people were having trouble with it switching back. I'll have to go check on that now...

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  62. i hate when i try to find someone's blog through their comment and i get that wacky google+ profile. what do i do with that?!?

    i will say, i normally answer questions in the comment thread as opposed to through email (in case someone else has the same question or something) BUT i do wonder... do they ever come back and see it???? so i get the email thing too.

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  63. You are ABSOLUTELY right! In fact, I sort of wish I had ranted about this. I actually DISLIKE it when blog owners don't comment back to bloggers in their thread because if you're commenting back in private, nobody's going to know that you aren't standoffish and do actually care about your reader community.

    I actually have a bookmark folder where I'll bookmark a page I've commented on but I have to manually go back and check for replies. It's sort of ridiculous that in today's day and age, Blogger doesn't have a better notification system like my beloved Wordpress does.

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    1. 200% right you are on answering in the thread...plus others may have the exact same questions.

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    2. I typically answer questions publicly so if someone else has the same question, they'll see the answer! :)

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  64. I agree, Jenni. I wish so much that Blogger would change their commenting platform. I'd love to be able to just reply publicly and know that my reader who commented is going to get a notification!

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  65. I'd prefer not to get e-mails with comments, I like to leave replies on my blog. It annoys me that others don't do that. Don't even get me started on Captcha!

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  66. I'm pretty sure that you were nice enough to give me the heads up on the no-reply thing when I just got started. Thank you!! I'm def going to share this on my blog. I prefer to answer comments through email. I don't think that someone is going to come back to my blog just to see if I commented back.

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  67. Great rant and rave today - they are never going to please EVERYBODY!!
    Thanks Jenni x

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  68. Thanks for the update. Didn't even realize this was an issue.

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  69. I'm a no-reply commenter and I didn't even know it!!! I specifically changed this and set my email address but I didn't realize that when I connected my Google+ profile, it removed that option. Do you know how to have your email address included why still keeping your Google+ profile connected?

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  70. and this is why I use Disqus. I love being a wordpress lady, but comment on the blogger platform is such a pain. How about we all move to something else?! :)

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  71. oh it is so annoying, especially if you want to visit someone back and you get redirect to the google+ account or just wanna email them real quick...garh

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  72. I am totally with you on that. I wish blogger would work on their commenting section. I like to reply to my comments right in the comment section but I hate to know that the one who left the comment might never read it. And the same the other way round... when I leave comments on other blogs, I'd love to get an email when someone replys to it as I sometimes just forget to go back on busy days or days i left a couple comments on different blogs. And when I want to answer by mail the noreply-comment thing pops up... ugh! Don't get it why they don't make this setting a default/mandatory one. Conversation could be so much easier.

    And leaving it out on purpose?! Why do that? If I take the time to leave a comment on someones blog, it is always nice to hear back from them. I know everyone gets a ton of mails daily but sweet replies from fellow bloggers are definitely amongst the ones I love seeing pop up in my inbox.



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  73. Very good point and I used to get upset about that when I couldn't reply to the no-reply blogger and then changed up something in my google + to find that I was now a no-reply person! It is super annoying. It should be a default to automatically set up without having to do a bunch of charades!

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  74. Awesome tips! I'm now going to delve into my blogger profile to see what on earth is going on with all my settings!

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  75. Love love love this! I immedietly went to my blogger profile and fixed it (I had no idea that this setting existed). So thank you!
    xo - Marion

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  76. Boom. This. Right here. I hate it when I can't reply to someone.

    This is a great tutorial that you need to add in your blogging tips section. Seriously. People need to know. You should have also talked about CAPTCHA. For the love of all that is holy. I'm so sick of having to decipher the da vinci code to leave a comment.

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  78. I've had a similar problem on another website I guest blogged for. Someone left me the most lovely comment about my writing which made me feel great, but every time I tried to write a reply it got lost somewhere in the internet... it upset me because it just looks as if I'm really rude and don't value the feedback which in reality I cherish so much!

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  80. Thanks for this advice Jenni! Just had my email address, should be okay now :)

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  81. Oh my gosh, I hate this too! I always want to respond to people and they don't have their e-mail linked, and I know, personally, I don't go back and look to see if my comment has been responded to, so I just assume other people don't either, you know? I wish too, that blogger would get it together and fix this/make it mandatory!

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  82. I think I got mine all taken care of awhile ago. But just in case... testing... 1... 2... 3...

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  83. agh i didn't even realize my email wasn't linked! phew, problem solved! thanks jenni :)

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  84. Thank you Jenni! Thanx to you I was able to solve an even bigger commenting problem on my blog than just the no-reply one. I even posted about it for in case someone else gets stuck with the same problem. http://textsketch.blogspot.com/2013/05/monstrous-comment-problems.html?m=1

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  85. Obviously I do come back and have read every comment, found it interesting. Still wish someone could explain why they perfer an email instead of a blog comment though. I really don't get it and would like too. It's great when we can exchange ideas and learn from each other.
    Oozing

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  86. I find there's so many tricky little problems with blogger, but this is a good FAQ for those who don't know :)

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  87. I never knew! And after all this time. Thanks!

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  88. Argh! I think I am being stupid as I can't figure out if I am a no-reply blogger or not. How can I tell with Google+?

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  89. I'm such a rookie about all this stuff - embarrassingly so. I keep thinking, "I'll figure it out as soon as I have time." So far that time hasn't come until today and YOU! Thanks - I'm on it - tomorrow? : )

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  90. I'm actually surprised that people don't want to have their email show up. What is the point of leaving comments then? Blogger sucks and they really need to update it - I was debating switching it disqus but I polled my readers (who it really matters to anyway) and they didn't want it so I don't do it. I wish that on blogger you could comment in line and then all of the other readers could see and they would get a notification.

    anyway. strange that people would leave comments but not want to get an email back if it's like a real email. I don't really like the just "thanks!" emails but at least they try :)

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    1. Personally I prefer not to receive e-mail because with my job I already have about a hundred e-mails to answer per day. I much prefer to visit someones blog if they've left me a nice comment and comment on one of their posts in return if I enjoy it. And to me leaving a comment is just a nice way of letting someone know you enjoyed their post, unless I ask a direct question I never comment with the intention of starting a conversation... in my mind that's what twitter is for :)

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    2. Nothing wrong with that, Charlottoe! I like your approach. And here I am, NOT writing you an email! :)

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  91. In the midst of your rant, thanks for the heads up!

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  92. No wonder I like Wordpress better than Blogger.
    Life is so much simpler as much as commenting, followup.
    The commenter gets a message on their dashboard when his/her comment has been replied to.

    But you have a great space going here - even if it is Blogger. Keep up the great work

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  93. Interesting. I didn't realise this about blogger. I couldn't use blogger threaded comments on my blog so I moved to Disqus. Disqus is quite annoying too because a lot of my readers can't use it. I can't believe the powers that be can sort this out! Great post. V.

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  94. What don't people realize they can sub to any post they want to one blogger and get emails? And still no one..in all these comments has answered why anyone would prefer an email over blog traffic and a comment? Blogger is the most popular blogging format. Why is everyone bashing it?

    Seems, you've hit a real hot button, even though you say you don't want to be controversial or piss anyone off.

    In the recent a-z challenge that had almost 2,000 bloggers the things people hated the most were Disgus, Google+, and captcha. In the many posts I read no one mentioned emailing vs posting as a hot spot. So that has me wondering alot about the comments from today.

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    1. This right here is the very reason I would rather be able to comment back to you on my email! I typically read comments on my phone (as I know many, if not most, bloggers do), and I could quickly reply to you via email while I'm out and about during the day, or just not at my computer. Instead, I have to log into my account if I'm not already, open my blog page (which takes forever to load on my phone), find your comment, and reply here. With you, it makes sense because I know you check back to see if I replied. For most everyone else, I have no idea if they will ever come back to look unless they are looking to see if I replied to a question they asked.

      I prefer not to have to visit someone's blog to answer a question or reply because that takes twice as long, or possibly longer if I get tied up reading your posts. I just don't have time for that when I'm replying to dozens or hundreds of comments. I think most people feel that way.

      As several other commenters have mentioned, many of us bloggers keep up with LOTS of other ladies, and leave tons of comments throughout the week. When I was first starting to build my blog, I would leave dozens of comments per day, trying to get my link out there. I didn't have time to go back and look at each blog I've commented on, find the post and my comment, and see if the blogger replied. I think that's why most people prefer email replies, if the blogger is going to reply at all.

      I see your point that it brings extra traffic to your page if people are coming back to look for your reply, but it's the general consensus among bloggers I know that the email system is just much more efficient for both the person doing the replying and the person receiving the reply.

      Really though, YOU do things however you feel is best for you. My main issue here is not what the blogger chooses to do, it's that Blogger (the platform) does not have a system that alerts people when you've replied to their comment in-thread, like Wordpress has.

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    2. I also wanted to note that I think consistency is really important. If you always reply in-thread, than your readers will notice and expect that. I know some bloggers that do that, and I think it's great. But I've heard so many people say that they prefer the email replies since they don't have time to go back and check the posts they've commented on (or they just forget to), so I've opted not to reply in-thread to everyone. Sometimes I debate switching to that option, though, just for consistency's sake. It's frustrating that Blogger hasn't provided us with a better system... hence, the rant! :)

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  95. Hi Jenni,
    Am a complete noob in the blogosphere, just updated my profile as you advised. Not sure if it works or if I'm doing it right. How do I check? Thanks :)
    **Love your blog

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  96. But it does have a system...blogger, if you sub to the comment. I think in a weird way you've made my point. Why shouldn't I want the blog traffic just the way you want it? You post, you want readership, you want commentors, you want people coming back to your linky; and yet many above don't seem to understand so do others. And for those of you wanting the easy way out to email, vs visiting, reading, and commenting on the other person's blog, you are taking away other's ability to get that same traffic...you would not have the readership without it. I have 5 blogs and I return every comment...except for the dam google+. I even gone the extra mile to try and find them on facebook or email to let them know why people can't visit them (since it's been a change in the last couple of weeks). And some have been able to fix it. So, why should those of us who are being polite and re-visiting lessen our ability to obtain blog traffic because it's easier for those whom we give traffic to? I say this in all earnest of wanting the discussion. It honestly doesn't seem any different then the people who blog, who want the traffic, but close comments ...which you don't see until after you've spent reading. Clearly they have no intention of returning the favor and it seems those who post......after you take time to read...I return comments via email or not at all that they too have no intention of returning the favor.

    I find this whole help me with my traffic and ranking, too bad for you blogging situation very one sided. I don't know that I agree that everyone is responding from their phones during the day. I know people aren't posting their posts from their phones. I don't own a smart phone nor do many of those I've blogged with for so long. Your assumption may or may not be accurate.

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  97. Not just traffic back if they look for a reply, but the original traffic is what I'm talking about. Though I post the reply on blog, for all...I also post the reply on their blog. And, until this challenge; that's been what I would call the normal blog etiquette
    from what I've seen.

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    1. Sandy, you may be in a different community of bloggers where that is the norm or the "etiquette." There are lots of "bubbles" of bloggers out there. I presented my case best I could here, and if you don't agree or you do things differently, that's OK! Different strokes for different folks. Have a good night!

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  98. Thank you, I had no idea! This will help keep the conversation going!

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  99. I am off to find out what kind of blogger I am! Thanks for the heads up!

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  100. I'm constantly frustrated by this. Thanks for sharing with everyone.

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  101. Please help! I've been blogging for a whole now and never had trouble with comments. Recently I started showing up as a no reply blogger, and I've been driving myself crazy trying to fix it. I just checked my profile, and there is an email link. I'm not sure how the whole google+ thing works, but when I clicked on it it said "create a profile". So it doesn't look like I have it? Idk what to do! I know I'm driving people nuts, but I don't know how to fix it. You can email me at thelifeformeblog@gmail.com

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    1. Emily, it looks like your Google+ profile pops up instead of your Blogger... another commenter said this: "I had to fix it by deactivating Google +, changing the settings, and then reactivating google + again. x" Try that, and see it works for you! :)

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    2. Okay, I've been playing around with Google+ today.. I'm just commenting again to see if it worked!

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  102. Trying this out- awesome information for any new Blogger or Blogette!

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  104. That is one of my biggest pet peeves!!! I want to get to know my readers and when I can't respond it drives me nuts!!!!!

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  107. I didn't realize that linking it to my Google+ account would screw things up like that. Thanks!

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  108. Wow what an interesting comment thread! I wasn't really aware of the mechanics of this, but I do know people can respond directly to me. I actually kinda wish they couldn't, so I may change it now that I know how. I think it just has to do with the amount people are willing to share online. I appreciate some level of anonymity. I mean, my face and even my kid's faces are on my blog, but my line is my last name - I don't use it, but it's on my email address. For other people, I think that comfort level line is drawn in a different place. In terms of responses, I don't expect a response to every comment I leave. And for the larger blogs, of course that's unreasonable to expect anyway. If there's one that is truly a question or one I'd expect a response to, then I go back to the blog and check. And all blogs are different in how they handle them, so I generally know what to expect with it. But I guess now I know where you stand on yours! ;-)

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    1. I can´t find my blogger profile anymore. All I have is G+... Do I have to choose between one or the other?
      When I first started my blog, all comments came to my email. But now they don´t anymore (from what I read here it´s because I opened my G+ account), even though my email is in the settings. Very annoying

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    2. Here you go Paula, this post helped me out alot. :) I also had the same problem. http://www.flusterbuster.com/2013/02/are-you-no-reply-blogger.html

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  110. Just wrote about not knowing the necessary techno-magic to get some readers to my blog. I remembered this post ... and wanted to thank you for one more mystery solved. I'll get there little by little. Many thanks!

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  111. I couldn't agree more! It's SO frustrating. I want to connect with my readers.

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  112. Thanks for the info, I'm going to go check this out. I don't like the reply in the comments (unless I can subscribe to the comments to that post) because I forget to go back and see that someone replied!

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  113. I thought that I had it set up correctly, but another blogging pal told me that I didn't. My profile was linked to Google + and I couldn't figure out how to make it work. I just spent almost an hour on Google searching for a post that would guide me. I hope this works now. Thanks for the heads up. :)

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  114. I have been trying to figure out how to change this for awhile so hopefull this little tutorial will help me I will post back if it does.

    Thanks

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  115. Testing 1, 2, 3. Well this sucks. It did not pop up. I feel very stupid. I thought I set mine up a long, long time ago to do this. I have an even bigger problem and I've asked a few times (on my blog) if anyone had the answer, but no one ever has. I switched to Disqus comments a while back and I set it up so the my readers' comments would come directly to my email. Sounds okay, right? Nope! You see, I guess because I use Disqus instead of blogger, whenever a message come to my email informing me that I have a new comment, it doesn't tell me who authored the comment. It actually says that I authored it. So, I open my email and I get this long list of emails (often one after another) with the Re: Melissa Sugar has left a comment on your blog. When I click on the link it takes me to a photo of me and the comment, but without any identifiable way of knowing who actually wrote the comment. I have to log into my bog to see who left the comment.

    I REALLY, REALLY want to switch back to blogger comments from Disqus. Originally, I didn't do it because I didn't think it was possible without losing all my comments, but I no longer care. I just want to switch back, but I have no idea how to do it.

    Thanks for sharing this. I'm sure I'm not the only blogger out there without a clue, who was really missing out on the more effective and efficient comment method. Great post. I'm enjoying all of your post for the month of May.

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  116. Testing testing 4, 5, 6,.....

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  117. Thank you!! I couldn't figure out how to do this on my new account! ... Going to try now! :)

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  118. Thanks for the tutorial! And even the example of a wordpress user setting up a blogger profile to comment! I just set mine all up!

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  120. Testing! This is driving me bananas trying to fix this!

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  122. Ooh, I am doing as you command and leaving a comment so I can check this shiz out!

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  124. I didn't even know I had this problem until someone told me. I'm trying to fix it.

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  125. Can I test too? Testing, testing...

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  126. Thank you for this! I'm testing it too. I kept wondering why I couldn't do it...

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