The "unread" topics notification



  • I looked through my personal settings and didn't see an option to disable this. I like to get relevant red notification bubbles, but the vast majority of topics on a forum aren't things I'm going to worry about reading. So, there's no need for that for me, and I'm a little mystified that I can't seem to turn it off! (I'm the sort of person who can't stand to leave these attention-grabbing bubbles alone. They beg to be taken care of. You'd have to be someone who leaves unread messages in your inbox to ignore them, IMHO! :))

    Is this built-in to nodeBB, or is it just an administrative decision on this particular board? As a user, I'd like to have the option. As a potential nodeBB adapter, I'd definitely like to be able to customize that.

    I searched a little bit on this and maybe I don't have the terminology right, as I didn't find anything. Apologies if I'm being redundant. TIA!


  • GNU/Linux

    You are describing the "Unread" bubble on the left, next to the logo, correct?

    I don't know of a user setting to filter or disable them. I just went through the admin panel, but couldn't find a setting, either. I think it's not possible, yet(?). I know what you are talking about though. I would second such a feature request. đŸ˜‰



  • You can disable the entire "unread" icon from the admin panel, but not just the notifications. Allowing the admin to set the default for unread counter and adding a user override would be good I guess for some, but that bubble keeps people like you reading all the topics đŸ˜‰


  • GNU/Linux

    @Drew-Llewellyn said:

    You can disable the entire "unread" icon from the admin panel...

    Where is that?

    Oh, nevermind. It's in General -> Navigation.



  • @Drew-Llewellyn said:

    ... but that bubble keeps people like you reading all the topics đŸ˜‰

    Haha! Well, not really, though. đŸ˜›

    That bubble is effectively a subscription to the entire forum -- every topic is being treated as a subscribed topic or email. Especially for a large and diverse forum, that's crazy: you're asking people to either deal with this red alert bubble, or to constantly make sure that every single topic is read, or at least "marked as read".

    So, I do still want notifications that are relevant to me -- when somebody quotes me, for example, or when I actively choose to subscribe to a thread of interest. But I don't want two notification centers with the expectation that I need to have the entire forum marked unread.

    Most forums I've seen have different forum markers/class names applied to categories with no new/unread posts. I know nodeBB is trying to do things different, but that seems like a very sensible way of handling it.

    Perhaps this is just a styling issue, though. Graying it out does wonders and makes the number a bit of background information, rather than a BIG RED ALERT. ex:

    ex.png

    You could even slap a display:none on there and disappear the bubble entirely. I'm sure there's enough on the development plate, so perhaps leaving it in the theming realm is appropriate. Though it does seem odd to have to resort to that.


  • GNU/Linux Admin

    You can sort of customise this by watching or ignoring a category.

    For example, I am ignoring the Testing Ground category here.



  • Hmm, there's no "manage category watches" page? I found I can unfollow categories by going into each category, but no category subscription page where I can manage them all from one place.
    I can kinda understand why #nestedNightmare.
    Also, as an aside. When I'm replying to this topic I see

    Replying to "The & quot;unread& quot; topics notification"



  • @julian said:

    You can sort of customise this by watching or ignoring a category.

    For example, I am ignoring the Testing Ground category here.

    Ah!

    Would it make more sense to have all categories unwatched by default, as opposed to watched?

    I actually saw the "Ignore" icon before, but didn't realize what it did. I thought it was something about ignoring users -- so I ignored it đŸ˜„


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