I messed up.
And this would all be easier if I knew exactly HOW I messed up… but it’s been almost 24 hours and I still have no idea.
You might have noticed on the post I published yesterday about going minimalist that there either wasn’t a place to put comments or it said “comments are closed.” That wasn’t supposed to happen.
Back up a couple days – after logging onto my WordPress account to check comments and discovering that a disgruntled, racist individual went through and left about twenty vile comments (both as general comments AND as replies to other people – which means they got an email notifying them of the new reply) on some of my old posts and I had the ‘brilliant’ idea to disable comments on posts older than two months.
Don’t get me wrong, I love interacting with y’all on my blog and social media, especially Facebook and Twitter… but I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend: new comments I get on old posts are usually either spammers (promoting “The Love Doctor,” or spell-casters to make your dreams come true, dating websites, etc) or trolls (who swoop in to leaving racist/sexist/homophobic remarks and trying to pick fights in the comment section).
The plan was to turn off comments on posts older than two months for a while and see what happened.
And when I published my blog post about minimalism yesterday, I double-checked to make sure that people could still comment on it.
Everything looked good:
Except a couple hours later, I got an email from a long-time reader asking if I had intentionally turned off comments (because it was a sensitive topic).
Confused, I checked my blog again.
Nope, “Share your thoughts” was still working.
So I opened the post in an incognito tab and discovered that oops:
So I checked some older posts.
On my end, when I’m logged into my WordPress account or Ryosuke’s account, I see this:
But when I’m logged out…
Comments section is closed.
I spent a couple hours yesterday trying to undo accidentally closing comments.
But even when I restored everything to the way it was before, the comments section is still showing up as closed. I’ve contacted WordPress support and hopefully will get things sorted out.