We are currently taking a high level look at our notification system: under what circumstances we send a notification to users, how the notifications are sent (e.g. via email or the iPhone app), how users can choose to opt out of these, etc.
An example of a notification that we already send is "Someone commented on your hub".
An example that we are considering to add is "Someone responded to a forum thread after you posted."
If you have had some situations where HP could have helped you out with an automated message, now would be a good time to share it with us!
I have looked at recent forum posts, and have already found a few that relate to this concept:
-A user requested a notification when we discover a bad link on their site.
-Another user requested notifications when we find out that their hub has too many tags.
This is one that I read on the forum recently, so I can't take credit for it:
"Notify me when someone (hubber) responds to a comment I left on their hub."
I second this one!
I have always wanted to have a "Reply" button in the hub comments capsule - when someone leaves a comment on my hub I can reply specifically to that comment, and the commenter could receive a notice that I have done so.
People often ask me specific questions in comments on my hubs, but when I answer them, I have no idea whether they will even know that I did so...
I like the response to comments one.
Please let us opt in and out though - if I got a notification via email everytime someone commented on a thread I had posted on I would drown in email.
A notification when an accolade got posted would be nice too - save me from repeatedly checking my profile page when I know I have earnt one and just waiting for it to be posted up.
We already have a perfectly good Statistics page where Hubbers can already scan their Hub list for broken links and copied Hubs. The logical thing would be to add another symbol for "excess tags".
That would be enough for me and for many other Hubbers, I suspect. If there is a decision to add email notifications, then we need the option to opt out of them specifically (i.e. I wouldn't want to have to opt out of receiving emails from HubPages to avoid getting all the new notifications).
I like that! If it is possible to detect when the spider drops by, that would be an excellent feature; both for new and old hubs!
I think this would be more of a Google thing, not Hubpages, but I'm not sure.
You can see the numbers in your accounts, no need to be notified up to hundreds of times a day because someone clicked on an ad on your hub.
Many of us don’t get hundreds of clicks a day.
Over time new patterns may be detected. Recognition of otherwise undiscovered patterns almost invariably results in useful information…
Besides, some of us would like the feel-good, positive-reinforcement “newsflash” every once in a while.
And like you said, you can always opt out.
that wouldnt be a hubpage feature - they have no access to info about your id.
the ability to do what you request already exists its called an "adsense notifier"
you will get little pop ups in your browser or os toolbar when actions happen. They also include advanced graphing and report management.
There are a bunch of free ones that work well.
Method of Notification:
A. The hub title on our stats page turns green.
B. A date/time stamp next to the title showing when click occurred.
C. The William Tel overture plays softly in the background.
D. Clicking it will indicate acknowledgement and it goes back to normal.
E. An opt out button for those poor souls who get 100’s of clicks a day and don’t want to be distracted.
F. OK..., omit item C.
I would like to be notified if someone responded to a forum thread after I posted.
It would be better if it is only restricted to when only responded to my post,not for all post
Yes, I would also.
But I'd settle for fixing the "Your" link so it only shows the very LAST post in a thread I am involved in. That alone would save a lot of time and missed responses. Right now, if a thread is active, that one thread pushes everything else down and possibly to another page. Get a few of those, and stuff gets lost in the noise.
Even when I was getting the comment notifications, I just deleted them because I knew I would get to the comments when I got to them.
Half the time I don't go back and see the answers for any questions that I've asked (most don't really help anyway or aren't effective answers that I'm looking for).
I don't worry about when hubs index because I know in their own time, they will.
Those hubs that I comment on, if I really want to hear a reply to my comment, I will remember the hub to go back and check it out.
I don't want to be notified every time someone clicks an ad, because I can see the number of clicks in each affiliate accounts.
Please no more email notifications. I just delete them. Personally, there's no need for notifications, IMO. If you log in regularly, you'll get to the comments and questions asked of you when you get to them the next time you log in. The notifications, never made me log in any faster than I normally would have.
I hope by electing out of the notifications, nothing new will be an exception.
You do realize you can opt out of nearly every email notification on the profile page at the moment, Whitney?
Yep, and I do.
They asked an opinion, and I gave mine. I shouldn't be thought down of because I think it's a waste to send out notifications for every little thing.
I agree with you!
A condensed notification email would be much better, because all of us lead busy lives and more and more stuff piles on top if us and email can become quite daunting to sort out and quite a task if we have different emails for different things that all relate to one domain name!
I also don't want to know who is following me, who sent me a fan mail, who commented in my hub by e-mail notification.
But I would love the reply on my comments notification but before that the comment section should be updated so that the author can reply to a comment specificly like what we can do in the forum.
perhaps, that would be considered a waste of time to those who bother to answer your questions?
its already pretty clear, you rarely read a thread before commenting, so, i guess the above should come as no surprise
What is that supposed to mean? I read the thread and each post in it. There's really no need to be rude.
I always get around to looking at the question I ask, but about 95% of them don't have the answers I'm looking for. I skim the answers because most are about a sentence or two long, and not worth the time nor do they answer my question. I don't mean to be rude, but look at the answers section and most of the answers given.
How about a notification when someone signs up under you so you can go give them some encouragement. I know I can manually check this under the url trackers but I often check it days or weeks after someone has signed up.
My two cents - we don't need too many notifications.
However if there's anything that could adversely effect our hubs, such as a warning message (as mentioned, too many tags) then it would be good to know instead of finding it two months later.
when a hub is voted down or flagged so that you can know we have works to be done with those hubs.
I'd like to be able to turn on and off notifications of hub publication by INDIVIDUAL hubber, so I could control the flow of my reading based on how busy I was. IN summer, I read wayyyyyyyy more hubs than during the school semesters, and I really don't want to un-follow anyone, because then I'd have to remember who it was come summer etc. So I just get no notifications and read far less than I would were I prompted to here and there.
It's already possible.
Edit Profile>Email>>Email me when authors I'm following publish:
Never/ Immediately /Daily Digest
The daily digest is the best but you can enable never for sometimes and then again go back to other option in summer.
Yes, but unless I'm missing something, you can't turn on and off individuals. For examples, say I only want to read hubs from my favorite 10 hubbers for the next three months, but then I'm freed up to read more, so I "turn on" 15 more. Then come summer I turn on everyone for three months.
Just be nice to have a check box next to each one. Maybe that's just me.
My frustration is not so much the forum threads, because it is easy enough to return to the forum and have a look under 'Your' posts to see if there are responses.
But the comments made to other's hubs is very cumbersome if you want to see if the other hubber has responded to a question, especially after you've asked a few. Notifications here would be nice but there should always be an opt out choice for those busier hubbers.
It would be good if we had the option of a weekly or daily round up of notifications all in one, this would save on emails I think...don't know if anyone else would find this useful or not?! Y'know much like the daily digest of new published hubs, something similar.
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