We all blog for validation and that means we want subscribers. The vast majority of subscribers will be great people you want to have following you but there may be exceptions. The exceptions could someone you are connected to like an ex-partner, a relative or a business associate, or they could be an internet troll you have never met.
Knowing how to deal with a deluge of annoying or negative comments from off-beat subscribers and commenters comes with the territory of being a blogger. They cannot trigger your emotions, unless you allow them to do so. You can handle online attacks effectively. If you must respond, then wait and do so calmly, without losing your cool.
Subscribing to WordPress.com blogs RSS Feeds
All WordPress blogs have RSS Feeds built-in and we cannot stop anyone from subscribing to those RSS Feeds in a feed reader on any blog set to “public” visibility, nor can we remove anyone once they have subscribed. Unless you change the Site Visibility options (Privacy Settings), the same goes for subscribing to comments, category feeds and tag feeds.
|This is the RSS Feed URL for posts (entries): http://NAME_OF_BLOG.wordpress.com/feed/|
|This is the RSS Feed URL for blog comments:|
|This is RSS Feed URL for a category:|
|This is RSS Feed URL for a tag:|
Subscribing to WordPress.com blogs by email
1. Blog Subscriptions – If you enable blog subscriptions by email there is no way to block any subscribers, other than changing your blog’s visibility to “private”. When it comes to private blogs the weak links are your users. If a single one of them links to your blog or to any of your posts or pages anywhere on the internet, the URLs will be indexed by search engines and your privacy will no longer exist.
Note: You can use Blog Surfer to keep up with contacts who have blogs here on WordPress.com, particularly those with private blogs that you can’t subscribe to via RSS.
2. Comment Moderation – If you have a subscriber you do not wish to post any comments from then you can set up comment moderation up on this page > Settings > Discussion. Then you can screen comments and mark them as “trash” or “spam”, if indeed they are spam.
Reference links: Freedom of speech; Abuse ;Complaints
3. Comment Blacklist – Also note on that same page > Settings > Discussion you have the ability to comment blacklist. This will send all comments from that individual directly into your spam queue.
When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be marked as spam. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress”.
As ISPs are placing hundreds of users in the same IP block one can end up sending hundreds of potential readers to your blog’s spam queue rather than just one. Also note that many have dynamic (ever-changing) IPs, and anyone who is determined to can get a new IP and/or email address and /or user identity very easily.
4. No IP blocking – WordPress.com will not block IP addresses for you.
Have you had to deal with any annoying subscribers on your blog?
Related posts found in this blog:
Why blog comment moderation is a good thing
F-Bomb Free Blogging
Blogging: Comment Baiting
WordPress.com Comments and Discussion Settings
A comment policy for your blog