I must have been under a rock yesterday because I totally missed this announcement. The Automatic/WordPress Team announced one of the newest features will allow blog adminstraters to reply directly to comments posted on their blog by use of Email.
This could come in handy for those who already have email notifications turned on. Instead of seeing that you have a new comment and having to login to respond all you need to do is hit reply in your preferred email client, type response and click on send.
To use this feature, blog owners are required to make a couple of configuration changes which are very simple. Once done with these configurations, bloggers can reply to comments using their preferred email address and save the effort of replying via the WordPress admin interface.
The two changes are as follows:
- Please make sure that email notifications for comments are turned on.
- Select the Enable sending comment replies via email option.
These settings can be finetuned under Settings->Discussion page.
Update: Unless I’m missing something, this update seems to only be available for WordPress.com users, which takes my excitement down a few notches. (frown)