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Okay, does anyone know the best way to check and see if someone has replied to comments you made? Not only to your own posts, but comments made to other posts? I'm getting absolutely no e-mail notifications, and I'm positive I've been missing comments; I'm deathly afraid that I've insulted someone who expected to hear back from me.

I'm going to be insanely busy for the next couple of weeks, so maybe this is a Sign that I should stop commenting for awhile anyway, but it's really bugging me.

Now, on an unrelated note, I watched the season finale of Battlestar Galactica tonight:


And we have to wait until 2008 to find out what's going on?! Gah! Why do I always get into shows that love cliffhangers?


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Mar. 26th, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)
The comments tracker thing on LJ only records comments to your posts but I think you can set up a " track this post" option for any post on LJ.
I'm not sure though if that option sends you emails or lets you check on a toolbar.

Have you checked that your email hasn't decided that LJ is spam ? That happened to me once and I only found out when I checked the " blocked senders" list because it wasn't even dumping LJ comments in my spam folder it was rejecting them outright
Mar. 26th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
Great advice.

AOL has a long history of blocking domains for no reason, so it's well worth checking if your ISP has gone off on a similar tangent. They may have upgraded software or changed setting on SpamAssassin on the server recently.

If it is blocking LJ and you can find no way to unblock it, there is a workaround. Create a Gmail account and change your LJ contact to send stuff there. Gmail is the better option over other free accounts, because you can easily set it up to access your email via Thunderbird or Outlook or whatever rather than the browser interface.
Mar. 26th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
Yes, Verizon has done that to me before, with my work domain; I send a dozen requests in for them to fix it, and it finally took direct contact from our work IT guy to get it figured out.

Can I assume that Gmail trick would work on Hotmail? I already have a Hotmail account, although I rarely use it. I've done some work on my LJ and Verizon settings, and if that doesn't do the trick using a different account may be my only other choice.
Mar. 26th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
Gmail isn't like Hotmail... I love it.

For one thing, I *NEVER* get spam there, for another, instead of deleting your messages, you "archive" them, where you can find them later need be w/ a search. :)

Not to mention, your space is constantly growing. :D

Let me know if you'd like an account, I've got tons of invitations left, lol.
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
My problem has corrected itself -- somehow. I think I'll stick with Mail for now, since it also saves my messages and I can search them. Plus, I'm a creature of habit and I'm comfortable with it. But I'm going to keep Gmail in mind for future purposes!
Mar. 26th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
While you can use any other account, Gmail is one of the few free webmail services that offers free POP access. If you don't want to access your webmail account from a webmail interface and would rather suck it into an application on your desktop, then Gmail is the way to go.

There are third party applications that will allow you to gain POP access to Hotmail and Yahoo, but thanks to both services making major changes recently, that service is currently brunk for a lot of them.

I've got Gmail invites too, but I think it may have opened up recently.

Gmail has some neat tricks. You can create email addresses that you can then easily filter. For example, if you wanted to sign up for something but was a bit leery of the source, you could use the address username+mailinglistname@gmail.com. If you started getting spam to that address, you just set the filters to auto-trash anything sent to that address.

And with 2GB of space, there is software out there that lets you mount your Gmail account as a hard drive.
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
Gmail sounds interesting, but no longer necessary for my original problem -- I started getting alerts on my Mac Mail again tonight. Don't know if it's something I did or from the complaint I sent to Verizon, but I suppose I shouldn't complain ...
Mar. 27th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
w00t! You have alerts again.

I'd lean towards your complaint doing the trick. Someone has updated spam filters at the ISP and they are being too aggressive. Until you complain, nothing will be done.

If it happens again; run through your checklist of mail tests at your end (can you get any mail? grab a bunch of us on your flist to hit a test post with comments to test if it's working or not), check if it's an LJ issue (are other people getting comments? is it a known issue on lj_maintenance or status?), then assume it's the ISP at fault.
Mar. 27th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
the squeaky wheel
I'm sure you're right -- especially since I've moved some of my settings back to where they were before, and I'm still getting my alerts. It's hard to be angry, when they're just trying to protect us from spam -- wish I could get my hands on the spammers.

I'm going to go with hoping this just doesn't happen again. (I believe the technical term is "cockeyed optimist".)
Mar. 27th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Gmail is waaaay better than Hotmail. Don't ever put those two words in the same sentence again.
Mar. 29th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: Blasphemy!
Not if I'm going to have to face those eyes again ...
Mar. 26th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
I guess I'll have to remember to do the "track this post" thing for any comment I make, until the problem gets fixed or forever -- whichever comes first.

I just finished checking my blocked senders list, and didn't see LJ on it. Still, just in case, I listed the LJ domain on my whitelist. Verizon has done that to me before -- they actually refused to let anyone from my work send e-mails to my home address, and it took me forever to correct it.
Mar. 26th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)

This will show you the 50 most recent comments in your LJ and if you scroll down to the bottom will also show the 50 most recent comments you've made elsewhere. Click on the 'x days ago' link to see the comment and any response.

Don't know what sort of LJ layout you use, but I can also get to that Manage Comments screen via 'journal' 'manage comments' .

Hope this helps.
Mar. 26th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
It's something, anyway
I did manage, after a bunch of fumbling around, to find those -- but unless I'm reading it wrong, it doesn't seem to show comments that were made in response to my comments that were made elsewhere ... *slaps head* I have no idea what I just said. But I think what I'm saying is that I still have to go searching for comments, instead of having them automatically sent to me -- and I'm lazy. :-)
Mar. 26th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
personally, I'm a Dresden Files Fan.

And I would contact LJ's cust. service at this point if I were you.
Mar. 27th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
I've heard Dresden Files is really good, but I just don't have time to get into any more shows at the moment. The problem's going to just get worst, because I'm getting satellite toward the end of this week. Now I'll have to choose not only among the network shows, but everything else out there!

I'll probably end up with the Weather Channel all the time. :-)
Mar. 27th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
hahaha, Sci Fi is your friend!
Mar. 29th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
Well, it was until Battlestar Galactica hit me with that cliffhanger, anyway ... so cruel.
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Mar. 29th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
I read it --! And if you think about it, if I didn't expect anyone to reply I shouldn't have made the post!
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