We recently made a small change to how forum notifications work.
Previously you had an option to get a notification when someone replied directly to your post. Now you have an option to "Follow" the forum topic. Not only will "following" notify you when someone replies to your post, but it will notify you when there are other posts in the thread which we think that you might be interested in.
The "follow" checkbox defaults to "checked", and you can modify that in the Forums You Follow page.
Hey Ari, last time this was brought to our attention, we(as a community) asked for it to be optional, not automatically set.
I think having both as options would be nice. I don't really think I'd ever want to follow a forum topic, but there are times when I'd like to be notified when someone replies to my post - and having to hunt for it through an entire forum doesn't really serve that purpose. I could do that without following the forum.
The previous system had a significant problem: Namely, if a user posted a reply in the chronological view (which many did), it did not register as a "reply". In this way many important "replies" were getting missed by the system. We hope that this new system provides a valuable improvement to your experience in the forums.
Oh, well. In that case, I agree with Cagsil. I'd prefer the default of follow this forum topic be unchecked rather than automatically set to follow. Always having to remember to uncheck the box is a chore , but if I were really interested in seeing the replies then I wouldn't have an issue with checking the box.
Ari - just saw the link and changed the settings. That was a great idea! I think it probably takes care of my concerns, right? Cuz I can check the box if I want to, to follow an individual forum topic, but it wont automatically affect all forum topics that I post to, right? Only the one I check the box for - unless I go back and change the setting. I can handle this.
I concur with Cags...I just got 10 or so emails from HP that someone posted on a thread..yikes!
it is optional. The setting is set as a default to follow but you can toggle this off.
Beth, this is correct. You can toggle the default value on and off by following the link in my original post. Doing this will permanently remember your preference.
This is an improvement from the old system, which relied on a cookie which would expire.
Thanks. I found the setting and turned it off. Worked like a champ!
I turned mine off. I've received probably 50 emails in the last couple of hours from one thread. While I like knowing when someone replies to any of my posts, I can't have an email every few seconds coming through.
It would be better if we could still have the option of following our own posts but not the entire thread.
I've unchecked both boxes for notification and now are getting even more than before! whats the problem?
After unchecking the boxes you must click the "save" button. You will then see confirmation that your changes have been saved. Please visit the the Forums You Follow page to do so.
Note that this will only change the default preference for the checkbox going forward. You might want to manually stop following any forum topics which you are following that are particularly active.
Ari, this improvement is not only useless to me, but has removed a feature (email notification when someone replies to my post) that I found valuable.
After the forum settled down a little yesterday I turned it back on. This morning I had well over 50 emails to sort through, and got another 20 or 30 in the next couple of hours. It's back off, which means that I have trouble finding replies to my posts and have to search each thread I have posted to.
For me, either make an option to notify only replies to my own posts or simply remove the improvement - I can't use it and really miss the old method.
I appreciate that you are giving your candid opinion about this feature.
Please be assured that since the first feedback that we received yesterday I (as well as other members of the team) have been working very hard behind the scenes to improve it.
Please bear with us. I hope that by the end of today we can unveil a "version 2.0" of this feature which will be a big improvement to your experience on HubPages.
Ari, I didn't mean to be an eternal gripe - sorry if it came across that way. My first post was an initial reaction based on a few hours. With considerable more time playing around it just got worse for me and I left the second post as an "update" so to speak on my expanded experience and likes.
I appreciate that you guys are working on it and using our feedback as some kind of guide. Thanks for the effort.
Please, please, please make 'not follow' the default or make the setting 'sticky'. Every time I forget to click the little box my inbox gets more choked up.
You can set the default status of the follow check box here, it is eternally sticky.
Thank you for pointed out where to turn it off.
I still think it should be opt in, not opt out.
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