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TechSpot Weekly: Email notifications for news comments

By Julio Franco ยท 31 replies
Nov 1, 2010
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  1. First things first, I'm glad to report our on-going giveaway is doing extremely well, in fact, I'd dare to say it's going to be our most popular contest ever as more people continue to join every day and we haven't promoted it beyond the sticky news post on top of our homepage.

    Read the whole story
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 840   +7

    I noticed this feature when my inbox had a ton of messages in reply to an article. Would be it be possible to have it turned off by default? Is there a setting somewhere to set the default?
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 8,267   +1,276

    As with all new features, there could be bugs, though we tested for repeated emails and that shouldn't be happening.

    The email notifications work exactly the same way as in the forum:
    * If you have subscribed to a discussion and someone posts a new comment you will get a new reply notification
    * You won't be notified again no matter how many new replies there are until you visit the site again

    You can manage your subscriptions here:

    Also, every email comes with a link to unsubscribe to that particular discussion or to all of them.

    When posting a new comment, unchecking the box means you won't be subscribed. This setting will be remembered on a cookie for all future comments.
  4. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Addict Posts: 212   +20

    Not cool, too many people joint to the contest, that means it would be harder to get the prize =P
    Oh well, not really a problem winning or not, but it would be a really nice feeling to win something without doing much of an effort. Keep going with the good work on the web!
  5. grimm808

    grimm808 TS Rookie Posts: 30

    I was scratching my head, wondering why my inbox was getting this notification, when I had no actual reply's to a comment posted, lol. And then the "subscribe to a threa" tab below comment posting was auto checked.
  6. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    I like the feature because it gives people more options, but I'll probably keep it unchecked myself.
    Keep up the good work TS!
  7. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 249   +14

    I really like the notification feature, it give you the chance to really start and continue a good debate without having to keep reloading the article every once in a while... Keep it up techspot! :)
  8. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 177

    Might come in handy but please make it disabled by default.
  9. maXimus4444

    maXimus4444 TS Rookie Posts: 83

    Love getting notifications, it's like TechSpot's little reminder that it loves you.

    But... I do agree with Serag. Please make it disabled by default.
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    Not a bad start to new week; so far, I haven't noticed any 'missing alert' from the threads I've subscribed too. Having said that, I think would it not be a good idea to let people choose how they want to configure this option in their profile settings? So people who want to keep it as default and the ones who doesn't both have the option to choose as they like. Regards
  11. The amount of communication has definitely skyrocketed for this conference, hopefully this will keep last even past the contest since a lot more of us (myself included) are registered now.

    It might be worth investigating a slightly easier way to view comments since the amount of replies is reaching 50+ on a consistent basis now
  12. spyx

    spyx TS Rookie Posts: 57

    This is nice but cant u adjust the settings so that not EVERY time someone posts something you get it in your inbox...it kinda becomes liek spam especially when u subscribe to more than one....
  13. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 166   +17

    i'm very impressed how fast techspot website loads on my slow internet. makes me visit here even more!
  14. Xero07

    Xero07 TS Booster Posts: 100

    The subscribing is nice but also vote for an unchecked box by default. Im glad the contest is going well and that there is flexibility on getting the prize you want. thanks for the update.
  15. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    Something I just noticed...
    If you use the 'Quote' feature, there is no option to uncheck (or check) your subscription to whatever the current thread is.
  16. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 658   +202

    Needs to be unchecked by default. Shouldn't make us work NOT to get emails.
  17. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    Like your new look. Have no problem in that the Subscribe to thread box remains unchecked due to the cookie. No need for any more complexity.
  18. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 157

    Yep, I got some mails too and I agree with you. It should be disabled by default.
  19. killamoves

    killamoves TS Rookie Posts: 18

    It seemed to auto subscribe me after i commented on a few threads.
  20. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,529   +1,988

    i noticed the subscriptions right away, but i would have like it to be off by default. )not that it's annoying me or anything - it's just my personal preference).
    and i just commented before reading this news that the site felt a lot snappier.
    good work!
  21. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    As I post this comment, the check box for the Subscribe to thread is checked. This is before I have decided to subscirbe or not. I have to agree with the above posters, this should be disabled by default. That being said, I really like the idea of being able to subscribe to certain threads. It helps me win more internet points.
  22. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    Yes, I noticed I've been getting emails from Techspot, and wondered why as I never checked the box. Still handy to keep up with topics, especially older ones with low traffic.
  23. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 8,267   +1,276

    I will look into making the subscription box unchecked by default, in the meantime if you simply deselect it on your next comment your preferred setting will be saved. Thank you everyone for the feedback.
  24. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    You Julio, are the win. I have noticed that when using the "Quote" option (such as this post), the option to subscribe to the thread is not listed below the comment box.
  25. killamoves

    killamoves TS Rookie Posts: 18

    Well I guess all i needed to do was uncheck the box. I wasn't paying attention.

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