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Send Alerts When Editing a Message and Mentioning (Tagging) or Quoting a User

Mike Edge

Well-known member
#2
Sorry, disagree, I like it as is. I could see it getting spammy and giving people the ability to harass someone. I could see members sitting there for hours editing posts with removing then re-adding someone over and over just to flood their alerts. You can simply make a new post @so-and-so what do you think? just as easily.
 

DeltaHF

Well-known member
#3
I agree with @Amaury; the current behavior is inconsistent, and it remains one of the most frequent sources of confusion among my community members. Several people each month report their "tag notifications aren't working" when it's a case of someone having tagged them in an edit.

Of course, the person doing the tagging is not to blame - they think tagging someone will always send them an alert, yet there is nothing to indicate this will not work as expected if they add the tag via edit, making them think the person has ignored their tag. It's not a good experience for anyone, and far worse than the potential for extremely minor abuse (which can easily be confirmed by a moderator through edit history).

Its as designed. There is no reliable way to track whether user X was alerted for the post previously or if the tag for User X is new. This works identical to how quotes alert if you edit them in.
This should be possible by scanning the edit history for a post. In pseudocode:
Code:
if(user has been mentioned in previous version of the post)
{
  do not send alert
}
else
{
  send alert
}
 

DeltaHF

Well-known member
#5
True, but really, you wouldn't even need to check the full edit history - just compare the post before and after the edit to see if any new tags have been included.
 
#6
I'm very much in support of at least having this option. "My tags aren't working" is by far the most frequent complaint amongst our users.