Photo by anda (: There’s an awesome WordPress plugin called Comment Notifier – what it does is add that check box at the bottom of the comments section. If you leave it checked when you add a comment, then it will automatically email you with anyone ease’s comments in the future.
However, it has a slight problem with spam. When spammers leave comments, my combination of Akismet and NoSpamNX do a pretty good job of keeping spam comments of of the site, but not before their (usually fake) email gets added to the Comment Notifier database.
Recently, I realized that my server was trying to send out several hundred failing emails any time someone left a comment. I shot a short feature request (and a small donation) to the Comment Notifier plugin’s author, but then decided that this was one I could take on myself. Here’s how I did it: