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Not Planned Alerts for 'posts by followed members'

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Alfa1, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    I just discovered the newsfeed today. Im pretty sure that if I didn't hit on it since joining, that many average forum members would never discover it. I find this inconsistent, because watching a thread does cause alerts, while watching a member does not.

    I'd like to request the option to receive Alerts for 'posts by followed members'.
    Because it makes no sense to alert for every post a followed member makes, an alert per followed member would suffice and such alert could notify that:

    Member A has made 3 new posts.

    Clicking it would lead to the new posts of that member.
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  2. Nick

    Nick Well-Known Member

    Isn't this the purpose of "Your news feed" ? It shows all posts/actions by members you follow.
  3. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    If a member goes to their profile page at all, they'll find the newsfeed right there. You can't miss it.
  4. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    I believe the news feed would be the best way to get that information. I have my alerts set up as follows because for me it is the most manageable:
    1. Regular forum use: Watched Threads/Whats New
    2. Checking up on what people of interest did: Your News feed
    3. Everything else of interest (likes, PCs, Trophies, etc) that does not happen as often: Alerts
  5. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    I dont have a news feed on my profile, except my own postings. I can find the newsfeed in: Your Account > Your Newsfeed. But that overview of new postings is tucked away and not part of the main browsing experience. I think its a great feature, but if its tucked away then it would not be used as often as when new posts are brought to your attention, like quoted posts are.
  6. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    agree with you, so otherwise there is no point of "Following" someone ?
    why "Follow" somebody when you actually do not receive any updates from that person you are following ?
  7. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Alfa, on your profile page, up in the blue bar, you'll see Everyone's News Feed. Is that what you're looking for?
  8. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    no, he is looking to receive ALERTS on people he is "FOLLOWING"
  9. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    ok I get what he's wanting now. I thought he was asking for a newsfeed from the members he follows
  10. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

  11. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

  12. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Indeed. But you have got that great feature tucked away, instead of making it part of the forum browsing experience. I want to be updated when a member I follow posts something, not having to search for it. You are hiding a pearl.
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  13. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Alerts relate to events that concern you directly, for example:
    • user quoted YOUR post
    • YOU received a trophy
    • user is following YOU
    Events that do not directly involve you go to the news feed, which has a completely different architecture. It's simply not feasible to push those kind of events to the alerts system.

    Not if you don't want your server to melt anyway.
  14. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    1 Alert for if a followed member has posted. No matter how many posts. No matter how many members.
  15. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    well, you would not follow so many members that the server would melt away, do you ?
    But people you are in fact following, you are concerned about those people directly (e.g. think about a matchmaking website, you would like to get an alert on people you are following because you are most interested in those people rather than any other people having quoted your post).

    Anyway, if this is the only way to do it, then fine.
    Maybe place the Links to those NewsFeeds of people you are following in a more prominent position at the website ?

    Thank you !
  16. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    Maybe, but the system would be managing alerts for a lot of people at once, and that would certainly drive the server crazy.
  17. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    well, I do receive many Alerts now, saying "some user replied to a certain thread", although I am NOT having this Thread as being a "Watched Thread". This seems to be a bug.

    So this feature/bug should get removed and will also get server-load down.

    I ONLY want to receive ALERTS on threads I am in fact "watching" and people I am in fact "following". This is what makes the most sense for my logic.

    Why do I need to receive alerts on threads I am not even "watching" ? Just because I am participating in this thread ? This is annoying.

    KISS: Keep It Simple & Sexy.
  18. TNCclubman

    TNCclubman Well-Known Member

    this would get too chaotic. Imagine following 1,500 people. you would literally get 10,000 alerts a day.
  19. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    Let´s say you want to follow a specific-person, so you click on "Follow".
    The same could go for "Receive Alerts" for Actions performed by that specific person.

    Why not have an option to decide whether you want to receive Alerts on a specific persons updates ?
  20. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Even Facebook with their effectively limitless resources do not push alerts/notifications to you for the activity of people you follow/your friends - this is purpose of 'your' news feed, which shows only the activity of people you follow.

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