Email integration confusion



  • I did a little digging and could not find answers to email integration functionality. I even read release notes. So…

    ###What might be missing from email integration.

    First, my only working knowledge of email integration is this forum. If there are other plugins that do what I need, then I'd like to hear about them.

    1. The daily digest emails are almost worthless. Why? I don't care about "My next theme" or "Fresh droplet, new install, new issues." I get a daily email about topics I may or may not care about.

    2. I don't get email notifications that are standard on old school forums, like phpBB and SMF. This should really be a black eye for nodeBB.

    • New replies to my topic.
    • Subscribe to replies to a topic.
    • Unsubscribe to replies to a topic.
    • Direct Messages (actually, does nodeBB have this?)
    1. Notification emails should include "No notifications today". At least this tells me I may have have notification.

    Without proper email notifications, this forum becomes an island that I forget to visit. I only stay subscribed to the daily digest in hopes that one day it will come in with content that I care about.

    Sorry to be harsh – but as usual – I really really really want to install nodeBB but basic email functionality is preventing me from doing so.

    Finally, I really hope that this post was horribly misguided and I'm completely wrong about everything above and all of this is already available.

    Update: edited title and intro and added item number 3.



  • Actually "SMF to nodeBB" int eh digest email did catch my eye but that is literally 1 out of 90 emails that I found useful.



  • Notifications are sent in the daily digest, so new replies to your topic. In 0.5.1 there's a setting to auto follow topics you post in and create etc. so they'll be thrown in.

    Don't understand the 2nd or 3rd.

    Direct messages, it has chat, which is basically the same thing. (Chat with user, they receive the message...directly.) which becomes a notification, and goes in the notification email.

    The digest just sends the days topics, it doesn't have any algorithms based on what individuals want to read. Yet. I will agree the emails need work, customisation would be great. Some settings need tweaking in that area. There's a button to turn them off for example in the ACP, but they're already off by default,so you still can't turn them on for other members without going into each profile. The forum will always be improving, and there will always be suggestions to consider.



  • Thanks for the reply, this makes me feel a lot better so I reworded a few things in the topic.

    You answered the second point on item #2. It's just "auto follow topics."

    The third point on item #2 is, can you stop following a topic?

    I cannot find the setting here on this forum where I can auto follow topics. I'll look again.


  • Admin

    This forum is running 0.5.0-4 which doesn't have that functionality yet, but it is coming in 0.5.1.

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  • Are we running 0.5.1 today?

    I just got the email. It's pretty good.



  • hello, I'd like to know how to set all users subscribed to Digest

    I also noticed that when I flag "follow_topics_you_create" and "follow_topics_you_reply_to" those options are not saved (so I can't enable them)



  • @manuel said:

    hello, I'd like to know how to set all users subscribed to Digest

    I also noticed that when I flag "follow_topics_you_create" and "follow_topics_you_reply_to" those options are not saved (so I can't enable them)

    Setting all users isn't possible. There's a button in the ACP to disable them all, but not enable them. (But as they're disabled by default, it doesn't really explain the button in the ACP, an on /off switch in the ACP would be better imotbh) You would have to go through and turn them on in then users settings, or encourage users to do so.

    The two options do follow and create are fixed in the latest master.



  • @a_5mith @Community-Representatives @psychobunny Can we have this feature to assign daily digest as default.



  • On a side note I was trying to add community representatives through @mention but the link seems to be not active. Please refer my previous comment



  • Hi Team,

    Im using NodeBB v0.6.0. I have enabled Follow Topics you create and you reply to. But i didnt get any email when others posted information in the topic which i created. Im using Mailgun for Email. Is there any plugin which will trigger email to users who are tagged in a category.



  • @Prasanna-Prachu said:

    Hi Team,

    Is there any plugin which will trigger email to users who are tagged in a category.

    No, you can only tag in posts, test the email works by going to Admin ACP, then in email there's a button to test that the emails work. It's not a massively used feature around here, so things like this can be broken in updates, and no one notices. 👍



  • Test mail works fine and daily digest works fine. But I'm not getting mail when others posted information in the topic which I created. I enabled Follow Topic which i create and and reply to. Kindly guide me how to use this feature in NodeBB.

    Requirement : Need to get email notification when people post the information in the Topic i created.



  • Test mail works fine and daily digest works fine. But I'm not getting mail when others posted information in the topic which I created. I enabled Follow Topic which i create and and reply to. Kindly guide me how to use this feature in NodeBB.

    Requirement : Need to get email notification when people post the information in the Topic i created and replied to my post



  • @Prasanna-Prachu said:

    Test mail works fine and daily digest works fine. But I'm not getting mail when others posted information in the topic which I created. I enabled Follow Topic which i create and and reply to. Kindly guide me how to use this feature in NodeBB.

    Requirement : Need to get email notification when people post the information in the Topic i created and replied to my post

    I think this is a seriously missing feature.



  • Follow topic just notifies you of replies. The problem with emailing on every post in every topic that's followed is the number of emails that will be sent. You'll be spending a lot on something like mandrill etc. Add to that the emailing regulations on spam.It's a huge grey area that would require very careful planning. If I came home to 60 emails regarding posts in a topic. I'd be pretty annoyed at that. Perhaps emails should be sent with new replies after an hour or so of inactivity in that topic.



  • EDIT - I just realized I misinterpreted the settings and this currently works as I would expect, sorry for the interruption.

    @Prasanna-Prachu said:

    Test mail works fine and daily digest works fine. But I'm not getting mail when others posted information in the topic which I created. I enabled Follow Topic which i create and and reply to. Kindly guide me how to use this feature in NodeBB.

    Requirement : Need to get email notification when people post the information in the Topic i created and replied to my post

    Sorry to revive this, but I also wholeheartedly agree this is a required feature, potentially with @a_5mith 's suggestion implemented for busier forums.


  • Community Rep

    There's also pushbullet integration but I'm not sure if it's enabled on this forum. @psychobunny ?


  • Admin

    That'd be @julian's plugin, perhaps disabled because out of date with latest.

    Sounds like this plugin could be easily modified to handle the above use case:
    https://github.com/NodeBB/nodebb-plugin-category-notifications

    Would end up working well with the reply-by-email plugin 😉



  • @psychobunny How to use this plugin? (https://github.com/NodeBB/nodebb-plugin-category-notifications). I installed it and activated it, then I restarted the Nodebb forum, but I do not see anything changed. What to do?


 

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