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Should new users at Xenforo.com watch Announcements by default ?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by Digital Doctor, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    What might be some positives ? Some drawbacks ?

    new.user.at.xenforo.com.watch.annoucements.pre.selected.jpg
     
  2. surfsup

    surfsup Well-Known Member

    Awesome idea!
     
  3. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't want to be forced to watch anything.

    (edit)
    As in, being new, I wouldn't want to have to search around to find out how the hell to turn it off.
     
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  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    You are so used you can't even remember what it is like to be new.
    Invalid.
     
  5. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    Invalid is coming up with questions that reaffirm what many suspect.
     
  6. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    You asked for drawbacks.



    That is one, and a huge one. Doesn't matter if I have been here since the inception, or just started yesterday. It's a valid point.
     
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  7. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I personally don't feel like forcing someone to watch something by default is needed. Announcements (the major ones at least) are already sent out via a newsletter about a day after they are announced.
     
  8. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Real newbies might really benefit from Xenforo announcements.
    An alert could help.
    Heck it could teach a real newbie what subscribing to a forum actually is.
     
  9. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    You say Forcing ?
    I say helping ?
    Newbies will probably see it as good customer service.
    Forum rats like the OP and all the repliers aren't the best judges on this one.
     
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  10. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    I had been using forum software for over 10 years before buying Xen Foro. I don't need hand holding when I sign up to a bloody forum.

    If you actually ran a site or two, you'd know this.
     
  11. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    Why are you debating this? You asked for a drawback, I gave you one. FFS.

    Also, on any forum I register at (as a "newbie"), I don't want to be forced into following/watching/reading anything.
     
  12. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Did you just refer to yourself as "the OP"? It still seems like unnecessary 'forcing' on the hand of the developers. I've gone months without updating a piece of software and being alerted hasn't at all helped to do anything. Plus, since that feature isn't default in XenForo, it would have to be coded.
     
  13. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Uh. I said you are not a newbie. So, you don't understand what newbies want.

    I do.
     
  14. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    Old timers will note that OP used to stand for "Original Post" not "Original Poster", which makes most 4chan stuff really, really confusing to me.
     
  15. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I remember when xenforo held that discount for RM's had they been able to watch announcements then yes. This would have also benefited regular active users who at the time so that would be a benefit and a pro. Drawback is they would need to switch to unwatch if they are active.

    How many time does a thread go overlooked and maybe a comment mentioned in announcements? Alot as seen through xenforo's history. But I guess this is down to the devs if they want to apply forced watching on announcements.
     
  16. surfsup

    surfsup Well-Known Member

    I think its an awesome idea because we could either have them auto watch like even a Sponsors forum for deals going on - with only regular alerts not emails.
    Maybe like up to 3x a month etc.
     
  17. graham_w

    graham_w Active Member

    Maybe he can't read whatever font you're using.
     
  18. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    Ba dum dum... *tsss
     
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  19. James

    James Well-Known Member

    You realise this is a suggestion for XenForo.com to force customers registering on this site to watch the Announcements forum?

    It might make a good addon, but that's not this suggestion ;)
     
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  20. surfsup

    surfsup Well-Known Member

    Ah I better start reading the threads more thoroughly lol
     
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