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Resolved Suggestion: Provide notifications for threads you started.

Discussion in 'NWFA Issue Tracking' started by The Heretic, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I get notifications (under the bell shaped icon) when someone likes or quotes a post I made.

    I would like to get the same kind of notifications when someone posts to a thread I started.

    I don't want email notifications - I want to see it as a visible notification on the site.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    This is know as 'watching a thread', which the software is setup to do by default. Take a look at your preferences (it's the top checkbox on the options list). Let me know if it was selected or not :)
     
  3. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It is checked: "Automatically watch threads that you create or when you reply..."

    What I don't get is an "alert" in the bell shaped icon at the top of the forum page when someone replies to a thread I created, like I do when someone quotes or likes a post I made. That is what I am requesting.

    There is an option to get emails when someone replies to a "watched" thread. I don't want that. I have tried that option. I get a bunch of emails, and I don't want that. I want a simple alert when someone replies to a thread I created, like the alert I get when someone likes/quotes a post.

    I don't really care to be notified when someone "likes" a post I made - not really useful (except to my ego). Being notified when someone quotes a post is useful, because then I know I should go look at that post and see if I need to reply in turn. That is why I want an "alert" when someone posts to a thread I created - so I know I need to look and see if I need to reply to that post.

    Thanks.
     
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  4. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    That's odd it isn't working that way. A thread should automatically be watched when you create or reply to it, and any activity in a watched thread is supposed to trigger an alert (under the bell menu).

    Try this in this thread. Check the tools menu in the thread heading, note whether it says watch or unwatch (and let me know). Then click it to unwatch it if it says watched, then click it again to rewatch it. I'll reply to it and we'll see if you get an alert. Definitely might be some desyncronization somewhere.
     
  5. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I had checked that too. It always says "unwatch"
     
  6. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Hmm, so that's correct. Are you receiving alerts for this thread? Which computer/device and browser are you using?
     
  7. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    No - I am not getting alerts for this thread.

    I am using Chrome and OSX.
     
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  8. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Ok, I'll need to do a bit more digging.
     
  9. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    @Joe Link Along those lines. I get emails from some threads sometimes still, even though I disabled email notifications as Heretic did because of too many coming in. Only one or two a day though.
     
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  10. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I just made a change, please let me know if it's any better :)
     
  12. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Slow morning on the board, so I won't know for awhile.....It didn't bother me so much having one, maybe to emails. Not like it was when the board was really moving and I'd check in in the morning and have 12-20 email notifications!
     
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  13. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Nothing.

    I had a bunch of likes, including you liking my last post here, and a couple of quotes, but nothing saying anything about anybody posting to this thread or any other I have created. :(
     
  14. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Ok thanks, I'll keep trying;)
     
  15. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.
     
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    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    @The Heretic can you try logging in with Safari and seeing if that changes anything?
     
  17. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I just noticed something.

    There seems to be a different set of preferences for alerts.

    You originally mentioned automatically watching threads preference, but there is a set of preferences for alerts which has a preference"
    • Replies to a watched thread
      Someone replies to a thread you are watching
    That was unchecked, so I just checked it and now I am getting alerts for any reply to a watched thread.

    That is close enough.

    Thanks
     
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  18. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Great! I think we found it. When you start a thread it automatically watches it, which is why you get notifications. Let me know how it goes.
     
  19. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Here is an additional suggestion.

    There is a page where I can see my watched threads, but it seems in order to unwatch a thread I have to open that thread, which takes me to the bottom of the thread page, then I have to scroll up to the top of the thread to get to the thread tools to unwatch the thread.

    In the list of watched threads, it would be nice to be able to unwatch them there - a check box on each line would work fine.
     
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  20. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'll forward that suggestion onto the software devs, I think it'd be a good idea.

    In the meantime, do you have your scroll buttons enabled on the right side of the screen?