Newsletter Function

#27
So, is anyone working on a newsletter system for XF. A lot of discussion, but it appears no takers. (and I wouldn't have any idea how to do it, so I can't help - sorry!)
 

Robbo

Well-known member
#29
So, is anyone working on a newsletter system for XF. A lot of discussion, but it appears no takers. (and I wouldn't have any idea how to do it, so I can't help - sorry!)
If only there was more time in the day. This is something I would like to do myself but there is also a hell of a lot of other things I want to do :(
 

Deepmartini

Well-known member
#30
Is there a newsletter mod yet? Or aweber or mailchimp integration? Would be nice that when a user signs up and joins the forum, that are are automatically added to a newsletter list.
 

Morgain

Well-known member
#32
Glad to see this thread waking up again. I do it manually using usergroups but that's only possible for me being a very small board.

Seems like a newsletter addon would need to deal with bounced emails - after a bounce, put that username + email in a holding file for admin consideration? then after 3 strikes the user is deleted from more newsletters.

I don't favour automatic monthly or any other interval newsletter. Those emails are just junk and go straight in most people's bins.
An irregular sendout is far more 'real' and 'human.' Things that are newsworthy don't occur constantly - better to do a newsletter when the board has peak activity, to demonstrate what detached members are missing OR in a quiert peroid announce a new spicy project.
No reason why admin shouldn't get an alert on it being a month since the last newsletter to open up choice on preparing one.
 

Alfa1

Well-known member
#33
What I would really like to see in a newsletter is the function to send the X most popular threads from theusers favorite forums. (forums that the user posts in the most and has liked the most posts in)

This way the newsletter delivers interesting content. Many forum newsletter deliver standard content which is not particularly useful to all users.
Especially when your site has a lot of forums and members have different interests.
 

craigiri

Well-known member
#34
The entire net has gotten much more "mature" about bulk email - and that's why (IMHO) I think many would be best served by systems like Mailchimp. Exporting email addys is certainly no hassle.

Mailchimp deals with bounces and stuff we could only dream about in an add-on.

It probably differs by forum, but I feel I am intruding on my members to send them emails - more than perhaps once a year for a very special reason (like when I changed to XF).

I would think there would be a lot of add-on's in line before this one - but who knows? A lot of the good ones have come from one person wanting them and hiring a developer!
 

Alfa1

Well-known member
#35
Mind that a site sends out a very large amount of email anyway.
If you do a monthly newsletter then the amount of mail that your newsletter sends is likely less than half of your total email. Therefore letting mailchimp handle your bounce mail is ineffective and possibly even counterproductive.
 

Morgain

Well-known member
#37
What I would really like to see in a newsletter is the function to send the X most popular threads from theusers favorite forums. (forums that the user posts in the most and has liked the most posts in)

This way the newsletter delivers interesting content. Many forum newsletter deliver standard content which is not particularly useful to all users.
Especially when your site has a lot of forums and members have different interests.
I like the idea of a newsletter that sends stuff SELECTED based on user interests.
That could select based on a user's Watched list. That shows where their interests lie. (A note in the email could explain how to edit the Watched list)

This would work well with the Watch Forum addon.

However I find a simple way to do newsletters is to have a compulsory Watch Forum addon.
All my users belong to one of 3 top level usergroups.
I set a usergroup to Watch a forum for their group. That gets all the important general stuff for them in that group.
Then I just do a post on one or more of those 3 usergroup forums = newsletter.
But of course that can only do my editorial and any links to board content are manual by me. :(

It would be great to have a newsletter addon which:
- adds content for the user based on their Watched list
For anyone not visited last month they get their Watched list. -
For recent visitors who have visited last few days perhaps nothing,
Not sure about the middle group maybe admin sets these periods as it would be different on different boards.

PLUS includes an editorial at the top, written by the admin.
This also appears as a post on their main usergroup forum linked to their main usergroup where they get all posts notified anyway. Could be global for admin who just ticks all 3 usergroup forums.



Plus I want a compulsory Watch forum per usergoup at admin level.
This would all go together to make a newsletter. Users would get
 

Mouth

Well-known member
#38
However I find a simple way to do newsletters is to have a compulsory Watch Forum addon.
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I set a usergroup to Watch a forum for their group. That gets all the important general stuff for them in that group.
Interesting. Could you explain this a little further? Specifically, what is the add-on that forces usergroup members to watch a forum(s)? I presume this means they will get an Alert for new topics?
 

Morgain

Well-known member
#39
Interesting. Could you explain this a little further? Specifically, what is the add-on that forces usergroup members to watch a forum(s)? I presume this means they will get an Alert for new topics?
It adds a bit to Forum Watch to make an admin required Watch which cannot opt out. Waindigo did it.
So you need both addons.

Obviously needs to be used only a little so as not to swamp users. For ordinary members I set it to one forum. For my Elders 3 - the welcomes, our main clan events forum, and the elders forum.
Any more would annoy too much.
 
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