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Small tip getting around marking a lot of alerts read

Onimua

Well-known member
#1
If you're like me* you might have yourself set to watch every thread you post in. While this works fine when you're online, getting a small number of Alerts at a time, overnight can result in you waking up to more than 10; jus today I woke up with 33 to go through!

Clicking Alerts marks them all read, and therefore a little useless. A small way around this however, in case others haven't figured it out, is to NOT click Alerts, but instead open the Your Account drop-down menu and click "Your notifications." You'll see all your alerts with starts next to them that represent new ones, and clicking each link (make sure you open it in a new window; I believe simply going to this page also marks all alerts as read) will allow you to go through your notifications and not miss any.

It's not a perfect system, and personally I think Alerts should be tied with you actually viewing the content otherwise it's a temporary list that disappears the moment you look at it (This letter will self destruct in 5 seconds).

Some may have already figured this out, but for those who didn't I thought this bit of advice might help if you're bogged down by a lot of alerts when logging in the first time of the day.

* Oh gawd I hope not... if you are, I'm so sorry. :p
 

Peggy

Well-known member
#2
I don't mark any threads to watch unless I've asked a question that I'm waiting for an answer to.

Good advice tho. ;)
 

Onimua

Well-known member
#3
True. In my case it's that I like to keep track of discussions I've participated in so I can follow up with more comments later or just read what's been said last.

I've also been thinking, especially if this system stays as-is when it's released, that this advice would be good to have when managing our own sites since there's definitely more of a chance you want to follow what's going on. Alerts is great but it falls short in actually helping you keep track of things that require your attention.
 

Onimua

Well-known member
#6
The developers implements a gadget to keep the alerts as new for 10 minutes after you've seen them (small yellow asterisk-like image). This helps with the above so it's a little unnecessary now.

Though I do wonder if it's possible to remove the gadget when you've read the thread as I still have to keep in mind what I viewed last to make sure I don't end up viewing the same thread twice.
 

Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
#7
It's actually changed to show you the alerts you have marked as read recently (last 10 minutes), so they survive across page views. I think requiring an action to potentially get rid of an alert would get really tedious (plus some alerts don't have pages that they're associated with).
 

Erik

Well-known member
#8
Loving the yellow star, nice work. :)

Onimua, why don't you just use "Your Watched Threads"? Much easier than trying to deal with the alerts. I don't even get alerts for watched threads (bug), so I have to use Your Watched Threads anyway. But IMO it works much better than alerts, because they don't disappear until you've read the thread. :)
 

Onimua

Well-known member
#9
It's actually changed to show you the alerts you have marked as read recently (last 10 minutes), so they survive across page views. I think requiring an action to potentially get rid of an alert would get really tedious (plus some alerts don't have pages that they're associated with).
I can live with how it works now since it's far better than before and the worry about missing some alerts isn't there. Just a new smaller problem of mentally keeping track of which I read and which I haven't (particularly when I get 2-3 new alerts while still working through the usual 20+ I get coming to the site for the first time in the day).

But thanks for making Alerts a little easier to deal with. :D

Loving the yellow star, nice work. :)

Onimua, why don't you just use "Your Watched Threads"? Much easier than trying to deal with the alerts. I don't even get alerts for watched threads (bug), so I have to use Your Watched Threads anyway. But IMO it works much better than alerts, because they don't disappear until you've read the thread. :)
Oddly enough, I didn't think about that. :confused: I've just gotten used to using Alerts to hop from page to page whenever I visit a thread instead of going to a thread, back to Watched Threads, and then to thread, etc.