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"Subscribe" feature for threads

Other online forums have a feature that automatically "subscribes" you to a thread when you start it or post on it.  You my aslo manually subscribe to a thread without posting on it.  Once you subscribe you automatically receive an email alerting you of further posts.  You can choose to receive these alerts with each post or just once per day.  The subscription feature makes it easy to stay current on multiple threads, where otherwise you can easily lose track of them.

Using the search function, it seems this was suggested in late 2008, but I don't find this feature available currently. I know you have limited time, but I'm sure this feature increases thread traffic a lot., and improves continuity of discussion.  I think it would would be an important improvement.

 

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Re: "Subscribe" feature for threads

Hi Travlin,

Although I know we dont get email notices of posts, you can go under 'My Account' and click on 'My Posts' (the third one down) and that gives you a list of all threads you have posted in.

On the bottom of the thread there is also a 'subscribe' link that when clicked on brings up a drop down menu with click boxes. There you can click one and subscribe too.

 

I know I am not an admin, but I hope this helps....

 

Mike

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Re: "Subscribe" feature for threads

Thanks for jumping in, Mike.  You're right on both counts.  Our system keeps track of all your posts in one place so you can find them again, and anyone can subscribe to any thread (or other parameters, such as keyword or author), which prompts the system to send an e-mail update when someone replies in that thread (or that author starts a new thread or that word is used as a tag in a post).  More info on the content subscriptions feature is available in our FAQ, here.  Let me know if I can help with further questions.

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Re: "Subscribe" feature for threads

Mike and Amands

Thanks for the help.  This allows me to do most of what I wanted.  However, I still have not found a button to subscribe at the bottom, or anywhere else, on any thread.  I wondered if I turned off this feature in my set-up, but don't see how I could.  Can you please tell me precisely where to find this buton on a thread?

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Re: "Subscribe" feature for threads
Travlin wrote:

Mike and Amands

Thanks for the help.  This allows me to do most of what I wanted.  However, I still have not found a button to subscribe at the bottom, or anywhere else, on any thread.  I wondered if I turned off this feature in my set-up, but don't see how I could.  Can you please tell me precisely where to find this buton on a thread?

The simplest place to find it is at the bottom of the very first post in a thread.  It's always there. 

To be clear, not the bottom of the thread, but to the left (and above) the button array at the bottom of the first post.  It's a link labeled "subscribe" and when you click it you will be presented with a number of non-exclusinve options from which you can choose.  Choose, one, two, none, or six - it's up to you.

Hope that helps.

Best,

Chris

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Re: "Subscribe" feature for threads

Thank you Chris.  You were crystal clear and I found the link immediately.  Two suggestions:

1  A subscribe button in the button array on the bottom of every post would be much easier to find.  Also, sometimes it is a later post that persuades one to subscribe.

2  When subscribing by member name / author it seems they are listed randomly over many pages.  I know I can subscribe to Eric T for example, off of one of his posts.  I think it would still be helpful to have an alphbetical  list all members to pick for subscription.

You have a workable subscripton function once a member understand it, but it is not as intuitive as others I have seen.  I know you and your staff have limited time to do things like this, but I really think it would improve discussion on the forums, which is an important part of your efforts.  Overall I think you have a well designed site.  Your content is excellent, especially your reports.  My sincere thanks for all the good work you do.  It is important and we really need it. 

 

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Subscription messages may now include active objects?

Hi Admin,

this may be due to a recent change or not,
nevertheless IIRC, the new post notification messages (“Your subscription on Chris Martenson notifies you of a new post…”) did not contain flash object references, even if the cited post did include video refs.

At the moment messages are obviously sent with flash objects inside, which may cause pathetic alarms on the client box..

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Re: Subscription messages may now include active objects?
Baywork wrote:

Hi Admin,

this may be due to a recent change or not,
nevertheless IIRC, the new post notification messages (“Your subscription on Chris Martenson notifies you of a new post…”) did not contain flash object references, even if the cited post did include video refs.

At the moment messages are obviously sent with flash objects inside, which may cause pathetic alarms on the client box..

Baywork,

I'm not sure I fully understand your comment.  Are you saying you did see some type of error message in an email, or are you just expressing concern that emails which have embedded videos *may* cause a warning message in someone's email application?

As far as I know, our subscription messages do not deliver embedded videos along with them.  Previously they were stripped out prior to sending.  If you are seeing something that is now different in this regard, please let us know.

Ron

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Re: Subscription messages may now include active objects?
admin wrote:

As far as I know, our subscription messages do not deliver embedded videos along with them.  Previously they were stripped out prior to sending.  If you are seeing something that is now different in this regard, please let us know.

Hi Ron, yes these msgs get caught on my (corp. supplied/administered) laptop, which is that my admin gets prob. notified, which is not good... Here’s a sample

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            Greetings, Baywork.
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            Your subscription on Chris Martenson
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            notifies you of a new post:
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            Category: General Discussion and Questions
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            Author: John99
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            Contact: <a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/user/20396/contact" title="http://www.peakprosperity.com/user/20396/contact">
                http://www.peakprosperity.com/user/20396...</a>
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            Title: Homegrown Revolution
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                Remember 'Victory Gardens'?</p>
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                Using their L.A. urban house lot, a couple grows 6000 pounds of food on a tenth
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Re: Subscription messages may now include active objects?
Baywork wrote:
admin wrote:

As far as I know, our subscription messages do not deliver embedded videos along with them.  Previously they were stripped out prior to sending.  If you are seeing something that is now different in this regard, please let us know.

Hi Ron, yes these msgs get caught on my (corp. supplied/administered) laptop, which is that my admin gets prob. notified, which is not good... Here’s a sample

Baywork, have you always seen this type of embedded code, or have you just noticed it now?  We haven't made any change to the code associated with delivering subscription content.

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Re: Subscription messages may now include active objects?
admin wrote:

Baywork, have you always seen this type of embedded code, or have you just noticed it now?  We haven't made any change to the code associated with delivering subscription content.

Hi Ron- no, only seen recently. Here's an earlier sound example (07/27/2010 -> http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/native-american-wisdom/42585):

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