My Greatest Fear #49: All Comment Notifications Sent to Spam

2014-07-08_0009This might be the very first “greatest fear” entry that was inspired by something that actually happened, and the fear persisted afterwards.

Because this just happened. For real. And now I’m terrified it will continue to happen.

An hour ago I refreshed my WordPress dashboard to see the latest stats. I happened to glance down at the comments section on the dashboard, and there were some comments there that I hadn’t noticed before. I always get an e-mail notification from WordPress when a comment is posted, and I hadn’t heard about any of those comments.

I dug deeper, and what I discovered was a massive backlog of comments dating back to July 2. Gmail had marked all of them as spam, so I hadn’t seen any of them. I probably should have noticed that people weren’t commenting on my blog, but I just assumed they were busy.

I spent the last hour catching up on these comments, but I really, really don’t like that I accidentally ignored many of them (some on this blog, many on my Stonemaier Games blog) for the last 5 days. I’m sorry about that.

In the meantime, the problem persists. Gmail is insisting that the comments are spam. I’m doomed.

Have you ever had this happen? How many times do you have to click “Not Spam” before Gmail realizes it’s not spam?