If you're a Blogger and rely on comments being delivered to your Gmail inbox, you might want to check the list of comments in your blog's dashboard to see if you've missed getting any.
As most bloggers do, I have my blog comments delivered to my email account so I can read them from there (I use a Gmail account). Recently I discovered multiple folks' comments published to my blog that were not delivered to me via email - turns out they all use an AOL or Yahoo email account with their Blogger I.D. This has been happening over the past two weeks.
I reached out to two of the blog commenters and they told me they're getting an email 'bounce back' message saying their email was rejected by the Gmail server and was not able to be delivered, blah, blah, blah.
Trying to learn about it, I got lost in the gobbledegook of Webspeak. This much I've surmised in my non-technical brain:
1. Policies are in place to avoid phishing attempts using bogus emails that look like they're coming from legitimate senders you might know. They require some sort of authentication via matching servers, domain keys, etc.
2. Gmail must have tightened/changed their anti-phishing parameters recently.
3. Gmail now thinks that Yahoo and AOL comments delivered via Blogger are attempts by an illegitimate email phisher and they're being rejected, not even delivered to the spam folder, but are still being published to the blog.
4. I could be wrong in my assumptions, but I just know that Gmail, AOL and Yahoo are not playing well together in the Blogger sandbox right now!
5. I've complained to both Gmail and Blogger forums that their anti-phishing campaign is out-of-whack, but I doubt that'll even be a blip on their ginormous radar webscreen. I do hope it'll get fixed, eventually.
I wanted to pass this along to others that might be missing comments and also wanted to let the Yahoo and AOL commenters out there know that I'm trying to catch and read your comments via the blog dashboard and I'm sorry if I've missed returning any visits!