Comment notification hack

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I find it irritating that each time I reply to someone’s comment on this site I receive an email notifying me that I’ve posted a comment. I like getting the notifications when someone else comments, just not when I comment.

So I opened up the MT source code and fixed it. Now when I add a comment, I don’t get the email.

Open lib/MT/App/ and find the line that says MT::Mail->send(\%head, <<BODY);. (It’s line 123 in MT 2.21) Change it to read MT::Mail->send(\%head, <<BODY) unless $author->email eq $comment->email;

Now the author of a post won’t receive a comment notification if the commenter’s email is the same as the author’s.

October 3, 2002 4:58 AM

it didn't work for me... when i chsnge the code above and then try to open my popup-comment-window i get this: An error occurred: syntax error at lib/MT/App/ line 145, near "}" (Might be a runaway multi-line << string starting on line 124) Compilation failed in require at mt-comments.cgi line 21.

Adam Kalsey
October 3, 2002 9:35 AM

It sounds like your code is incorrect. Make sure you don't have a semicolon (;) before the "unless" and that you do have one at the end of the line. You might want to copy the code directly from this page and paste it into your code. All the code should be one a single line. If there are line breaks, remove them.

Kymberlie R. McGuire
October 25, 2002 11:37 AM

Awesome! Thanks!

February 16, 2003 6:01 AM

I just upgraded to MT 2.6 and ran into trouble when I tried hacking the file. For this to work in 2.6 the line should read... MT::Mail->send(\%head, $body) unless $author->email eq $comment->email; It's just a small change from << to $ in front of 'body'. Just thought I'd pass the info along.

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October 24, 2004 8:51 PM

Has anything been done to fix this for MT 3x? I'm getting sooooo tired of getting my own comments. I'd really appreciate an answer and I'd more appreciate a posted fix! Thanks.

January 30, 2005 6:05 PM

i don't know how dirty it is, but i changed lines 471 and 472 in lib/MT/App/ (MT-3.15) from: MT::Mail->send(\%head, $body) or return $app->handle_error(MT::Mail->errstr()); to MT::Mail->send(\%head, $body) unless $author->email eq $comment->email; # or return $app->handle_error(MT::Mail->errstr()); to get rid of the annoying self-comments. i'm sure you could just use a filter in your email app, too.

March 23, 2005 10:10 PM

Heather's mod worked for me. thanks heather and adam!

April 22, 2005 1:05 AM

FYI, if you would like to do this in MT v.3.1x and have MT-Blacklist installed, the file to modify is called, located in your plugins folder: plugins/Blacklist/lib/Blacklist/App/ Around line 797 (almost the very bottom of the file) you can use Heather's mod above. Seems to work for me. Hope someone else finds this useful!

January 13, 2006 8:46 AM

FYI, its lines 578-579 in MT 3.2

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