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Give the admin the option to trigger an Alert when posting a post

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Grover, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    Digital Doctor posted a really useful idea in this discussion: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/how-do-you-get-your-forum-users-to-read-announcements.7532/ and I took the liberty to re-post it as a feature Suggestion:

    My ideas on this:

    Since XenForo doesn't and (thankfully, because it is not needed) will not offer an Announcement system (like vBulletin), this idea of Digital Doctor could be implemented just on the post-level, only available (obviously) to admins (and maybe mods). So, when you as an admin posts something in your dedicated 'Announcements'-forum and you want to get this Announcement really the attention it needs/deserves, then it would be really great to be able to check an additional checkbox like this:

    Options: [ ] Watch this thread...
    ------------[ ] and receive email notifications
    ----------[x] Send Alert to everyone

    So, when you then press [Create Thread], an Alert (we don't need a 'special alert' IMHO, just make use of the great stock XF functionality that is already available) is send to every member, giving you full community attention on your important 'Announcement'.

    Please do [like] this first posting if you think it is a good feature suggestion for XenForo
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  2. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    I would give this 20 likes if I could.
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  3. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    That's a very cool idea! It utilizes our Pavlovian response to the Alert button and it doesn't bloat the software.
  4. Darfuria

    Darfuria Active Member

    Love this idea :)
  5. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I'm on the fence on this one.;)
    Gover has 12 likes on this on November 03, 2010 at 12:24
    I bet if I posted it - I'd have 1/2 that.
    I think it's his nice smile.

    Would people want the option for a "MUST READ" alert ?
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  6. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    I do not think it can completely replace announcements at the top of the thread-list. Alerts are temporary and announcements keep reminding visitors of something. But I like this idea nonetheless.

    Admins would have to use this sparely though, you can't force these things on users too often. Maybe give the user the option to disable too.
  7. Trombones13

    Trombones13 Well-Known Member

    Thinking about something here...what if you had regular alerts along with the announcement alert? How would that work? Perhaps the announcement alert could show in a different color and bump up the alerts number by one (i.e. if the only alert is the announcement, it's a blue "1," but say if there are two other alerts, then it's a blue "3"). Just a thought; I really like this idea. :)
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  8. Darfuria

    Darfuria Active Member

    It doesn't even have to say "Must read" just an alert is good enough, because people are most likely going to check that.
  9. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    Disagree.... as alerts by themselves have a timeout functionality on how long they are kept... if I have the options correctly within my mind.

    I think it should say announcement, and just remain active unique of the alert timeouts and such, until the user has read it, or an option on the ACP to select between must read vs. cookie based... or something along those lines.

    This feature though is awesome... an absolute must have in the Gold product IMHO.
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  10. anotheralias

    anotheralias Well-Known Member

    I agree on leaving it as "Alert," since most people seem to tune out "must read" or "important announcement" or anything that smacks of, "this will be dull, long-winded information you don't care about."

    The problem with announcements has never been, "make people notice them," it's been "make people care." People avoid them for the same reason that they avoid reading an instruction manual, or asking for directions if they're lost. What that reason is I don't know, but that's why none of the systems work. You aren't up against a software problem, you're up against human nature.
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  11. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    Amen. I fully agree with everything you say.
  12. Mr_Bob

    Mr_Bob Well-Known Member

    Brilliant idea! This would save tons of time on the admin end as well; just one checkbox.
  13. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Before I read the first post this is exactly how I envisioned it to be described in the first post. Nice idea, good suggestion and a beneficial feature if you ask me I would like to see. Perhaps being an important announcement the colouring of the alert could be different from the standard red and maybe take priority asthe one that shows with a kind of weighting system being deployed so that this alert takes priority over other alerts.
  14. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Love this suggestion Grover, and I agree with Shelley's additional suggestions.
  15. FredC

    FredC Well-Known Member

    I don't care how it would be implemented, i just like the idea period.. Ive never used vB announcements. I have an announcements forum, and adding the ability to effectively draw extra attention to specific content within that forum would be far better then vB's solution.
  16. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

    i would love something like this.
    my superadmin account rarely posts, and when it does it would be great if people were alerted to that.
  17. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

  18. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

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  19. DoctorWatsOn

    DoctorWatsOn Well-Known Member

  20. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    The only reason we haven't already done it is that it potentially adds millions of rows to the alerts table in a single hit, whereas normal alerts tend to only insert records for active users. If you insert alerts for users who never log in, they will never be cleared from the alerts table, and your performance will suffer.
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