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Thread poster: Anil Gidwani

Anil Gidwani  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 11:53
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Oct 3, 2009

Facebook has an interesting feature that would be quite useful in ProZ as well.

Once you post a reply to any topic, you are automatically notified by e-mail of all further posts on that topic. This is true of all topics you post to, and not just topics you start (in which case ProZ does provide automatic notifications).

If implemented, this would eliminate the need to explicitly mark topics for e-mail notification. I'm not sure there isn't already a way to do this, but I don't believe so. I request ProZ to consider adding this feature if not already in place somewhere.


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Lucia Leszinsky
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Tracking forum threads Oct 3, 2009

Hello Anil,

Note that you can chose to receive notifications for each post in any thread, even if you are not the topic starter or if you have not participated in the discussion.

To track a thread, simply select the "This topic-- all posts" option to the left of the thread and click the "Save changes" button.



To stop tracking a thread, simply de-select the option you have chosen, and click on the "Save changes" button.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Lucia


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Anil Gidwani  Identity Verified
India
Local time: 11:53
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But one still needs to explicitly take this action Oct 3, 2009

Thanks, Lucia.

But my point was, if I post to a thread, the option "This topic - all posts" should automatically get enabled without me having to explicitly do so. It's quite a convenience not having to do so every single time one posts to a new thread.


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Lucia Leszinsky
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Thanks for clarifying, Anil. Oct 3, 2009

However, note that not all forum participants may want to be notified via email of new posts made in a thread they participated. Rather, some forum users prefer to track a thread by checking new posts directly in the site from time to time.

And even if this was provided as an option (to have the automatic thread tracking 'On' or 'Off'), note that users may still want to have tracking de-activated for some threads while activated for others. So, the feature would work more or less as the thread tracking option available now.

Hope this explains.

Regards,

Lucia


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Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:23
Member (2002)
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Idea was already brought up Oct 4, 2009

The option to get notifications of subsequent postings when we post to a thread was brought up recently in another thread (click here to see that thread)
This is suggestion #2 in the original posting.



[Edited at 2009-10-04 18:05 GMT]


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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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This would be quite different Oct 4, 2009

Katalin Horvath McClure wrote:

The option to get notifications of subsequent postings when we post to a thread was brought up recently in another thread (click here to see that thread)
This is suggestion #2 in the original posting.



I rarely subscribe to threads, but I would like to get a notification if someone quoted one of my posts. Probably, I have missed some of them as I didn't.


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Anil Gidwani  Identity Verified
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Local time: 11:53
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Not quite the same Oct 5, 2009

Katalin Horvath McClure wrote:

The option to get notifications of subsequent postings when we post to a thread was brought up recently in another thread (click here to see that thread)
This is suggestion #2 in the original posting.



[Edited at 2009-10-04 18:05 GMT]


Hi Katalin,

#2 of that thread says

2. give me the option to opt in/out of notifications when I post a reply

That's not quite what I'm requesting: I want to always receive notifications after I post a reply in any thread without having to opt in (The option to opt out could still be useful).

This saves me from having to enable the flag for each thread I post in. It is also, by the way, how Facebook treats forum posts. In my opinion, most people continue to participate in threads they've posted in, if only passively by reading further posts. They may or may not participate in threads they have not posted in.


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