About topic follow notification spam


  • Plugin & Theme Dev

    Right now following a post send you one notification for each new post.
    As nodebb already saves your topic last read status.
    Will it be possible to just send one notification till you are up to date on that thread?
    That way it notification spam could be stopped
    What do you think?


  • Admin

    Difficult to determine which is best. I agree that the notification alerts are spammy, although if you were following along with a topic via email, then with this change, you'd only get one email, and you'd be forced to visit the forum to "clear" the block...


  • Plugin & Theme Dev

    @julian said:

    Difficult to determine which is best. I agree that the notification alerts are spammy, although if you were following along with a topic via email, then with this change, you'd only get one email, and you'd be forced to visit the forum to "clear" the block...

    Sure. Isnt is forum about user interaction? More visits for the website and more activity.
    recieving email for mention is nice but for every new post its just disturbing , and of course not only email, this extended to pushbullet or telegram etc
    Following popular topics become impossible


  • Global Moderator

    Don't think I've ever followed a topic outside of creating one. 🙂


  • Admin

    I personally have the option turned on to auto-follow a topic when I reply... I do get a lot of emails 😆



  • This would be a very big one for us. Our notification system is overwhelming in the number of status notifications and emails that it sends out. We've had user complaints that the system sends them crazy and that they need to be shut off... then they get nothing.



  • @julian said:

    Difficult to determine which is best. I agree that the notification alerts are spammy, although if you were following along with a topic via email, then with this change, you'd only get one email, and you'd be forced to visit the forum to "clear" the block...

    Just make it a behavioural option with a system default and the ability for individual users to override if they want.



  • @exodo said:

    @julian said:

    Difficult to determine which is best. I agree that the notification alerts are spammy, although if you were following along with a topic via email, then with this change, you'd only get one email, and you'd be forced to visit the forum to "clear" the block...

    Sure. Isnt is forum about user interaction? More visits for the website and more activity.
    recieving email for mention is nice but for every new post its just disturbing , and of course not only email, this extended to pushbullet or telegram etc
    Following popular topics become impossible

    We all have to stop following the big ones on ML. The notification system has been mostly ignored as the volume has always been too high. The little "bell" icon for me is always 20+. Even if I clear it, the next screen refresh it is often right back up again.


  • Plugin & Theme Dev

    @scottalanmiller said:

    This would be a very big one for us. Our notification system is overwhelming in the number of status notifications and emails that it sends out. We've had user complaints that the system sends them crazy and that they need to be shut off... then they get nothing.

    we had it to disable with a core modication cause it was killing user experience
    but i´m sure dev can find a solution to be enabled or disabled with some user/admin toogle


  • Plugin & Theme Dev

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @exodo said:

    @julian said:

    Difficult to determine which is best. I agree that the notification alerts are spammy, although if you were following along with a topic via email, then with this change, you'd only get one email, and you'd be forced to visit the forum to "clear" the block...

    Sure. Isnt is forum about user interaction? More visits for the website and more activity.
    recieving email for mention is nice but for every new post its just disturbing , and of course not only email, this extended to pushbullet or telegram etc
    Following popular topics become impossible

    We all have to stop following the big ones on ML. The notification system has been mostly ignored as the volume has always been too high. The little "bell" icon for me is always 20+. Even if I clear it, the next screen refresh it is often right back up again.

    i already have it always 20+ always only with moderation alerts 😆



  • @exodo said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    This would be a very big one for us. Our notification system is overwhelming in the number of status notifications and emails that it sends out. We've had user complaints that the system sends them crazy and that they need to be shut off... then they get nothing.

    we had it to disable with a core modication cause it was killing user experience
    but i´m sure dev can find a solution to be enabled or disabled with some user/admin toogle

    That would be awesome.



  • Does it look like there could be a plugin to support this in future? Having 10s of emails on every topic everyday can get overwhelming.


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