As mentioned in this answer, it is supposed to be possible to respond to Facebook wall posts via email, by replying to the notification message.

This used to work for me, but now suddenly doesn't. I've tried both my normal email client and the Gmail web interface, but the result is the same: from my end it looks like the message went through, but what I wrote doesn't appear as a comment on the Facebook post, and there is no delivery failure notification or anything like that. The notifications in question do contain the text "Reply to this email to comment on this post".

How can I troubleshoot this? Is there any non-obvious requirement to these email replies that I'm missing?

EDIT: I discovered that I can in fact reply to private messages by email, just not to wall posts.

  • You can also reply to posts in groups by email.
    – wax eagle
    Sep 11, 2012 at 13:04
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    So, does the original problem still apply?
    – phwd
    Dec 19, 2012 at 1:04
  • I have the exact same problem: email replies to private messages work, but email replies to wall posts silently do nothing.
    – ntc2
    Nov 14, 2013 at 19:35

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You can reply to private messages originally sent to you via facebook chat/inbox via email, you can also reply to messages you receive that originated in Facebook groups via email.

In my experience, most other facebook posts and notifications that you get via email cannot be replied to via email. I expect Facebook do it this way because they don't get any page views on their site if you are interacting via email, which means they will lose out on ad impressions, so it won't make them any money.

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