I don’t like being opted into anything – be it mailing lists, updates, newsletters, promotional offers – without being explicitly told beforehand. If I want to sign up for something then it should be through my own actions. Receiving an email the first time you leave a comment on a blog is a minor annoyance, but I draw the line at being signed up for the comments on a post automatically.
It happens on about half of the blogs I leave comments on. It doesn’t happen on all of them, so I rarely look to see if there check-box is selected that would subscribe me to the entry. Please, bloggers, set your comments up so that people only subscribe to an entry through their own actions. It’s annoying to log into your email account and find dozens of emails, one each for the latest comment left in an entry you ended up signed up for.
Sometimes I want to receive updates by email, but those are the times when I will check the box myself. Otherwise, it’s as good as spamming your readers, especially on posts that attract a lot of comments.
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