Allow readers who subscribe to a blog via email to reply directly to an email they receive.
A minimally-viable commenting system.
Requirement: this is an opt-in feature to enable replies via email.
Goal: ideally, we'd provide a proxy / relay email address (e.g. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) that would keep the author's true email address private.
We then have two options, depending on how much privacy correspondents need / abuse we anticipate:
The author could then reply to a proxy / relay address (e.g. email@example.com), which would forward to the original commenter's true email address. Both parties would have their real email address hidden.
The author can reply directly to the commenter. (Note: This probably makes the most sense. We mostly want to protect the author from unwanted abuse; but if they reply, they're choosing to engage, and we can assume all is good.)
- Add a new option when enabling email subscribers: Enable replies via email
- Include help documentation / tutorials on this
- When enabled, include a Reply-To header, pointing to a special email address that is connected to the individual subscriber
- This enables potentially invalidating the email address via Write.as platform for abusive subscribers (in the future)
- The special email address should:
- Receive replies
- Validate the address, check against anti-abuse lists (future)
- Send the message to the email address on the post author's account, with Reply-To set to the commenter's actual email address