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    Very Active Member philoswimmer's Avatar
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    Change in forum email behavior

    Before the recent change to the forums, once you were subscribed to a thread, you would receive all the responses to a thread by email. Now, you only receive one email, until you visit the forum again, and then you will receive one more email if there is another post, etc.

    I like the old way better. Is there a way to return to it, either globally or individually?

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    Re: Change in forum email behavior

    This is from the FAQs section:

    http://forums.usms.org/faq.php?faq=v..._subscriptions


    What are subscriptions?

    Subscriptions are a way of keeping track of different threads or forums. You can choose how you are notified about updates - for example by having them listed in your User CP and receiving email updates for each one.

    How do I subscribe to a thread or forum?


    To subscribe to a forum, click the 'Forum Tools' link above the list of threads then select 'Subscribe to Forum'. You will then have the option to choose the subscription mode for this forum. If the forum that you are subscribing to has any child forums (forums within a forum) then your subscription will be extended to these automatically.

    To subscribe to a thread, click the 'Thread Tools' link at the top of the list of posts then click 'Subscribe to Thread'. You can then choose the subscription mode that you wish to use for that thread.

    What subscription modes are available?

    There are a number of different forum subscription modes available.

    -No Email Notification - lists the subscription in your User CP only. You do not receive any notifications about new posts or threads in the forum.
    -Daily Email Notification - sends one email a day with the new and updated threads in the forum and any sub-forums. If there are no new or updated threads in the forum or its sub-forums then you will not receive an email.
    -Weekly Email Notification - sends one email per week in the same way as the Daily Email Notification.

    Thread Subscriptions have the same options as forum subscriptions with the following additional option:

    -Instant Email Notification - sends an email as soon as a new post is added to the thread. This is not sent for every reply and will only be sent once until you revisit the forums.

    How do I manage Subscriptions and Folders?

    Thread subscriptions can be sorted into folders for easy management. You can create as many folders as you wish by going to 'Edit Folders' in the 'Subscribed Threads' section of your User CP. To add a new folder, enter the folder name into one of the blank boxes and save the page. To delete a folder, delete the folder name. Editing a folder is done by simply editing the folder name in the list.

    You can also manage your individual subscriptions by clicking 'List Subscriptions' under 'Subscribed Threads' in your User CP. Here you can select which subscriptions you wish to manage and delete them, move them to another folder, or change their subscription type.

    Forum subscriptions are not managed through the List Subscriptions page and are shown on the User CP page where they contain the option to unsubscribe from the forum.

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    Re: Change in forum email behavior

    Right. See this part?

    "-Instant Email Notification - sends an email as soon as a new post is added to the thread. This is not sent for every reply and will only be sent once until you revisit the forums."

    That is a change from the way the forums used to work. We used to get an email sent for every reply. I am saying that I preferred the way that the forums used to work, and asking if it is possible to change back to that.

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    Re: Change in forum email behavior

    So.... is there a way to return to the way that the forums used to work?

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    Re: Change in forum email behavior

    I just found the code I used in the old version of the forums to accomplish this, located the area of the new code to apply it to and hacked away at it, so it should be good now. This is an unusual change because I have to actually change their code base rather than create a plug-in using their plug-in system, so I have to remember to find and re-patch their code on every update. The forum developers have a different philosophy about the usefulness of "real" instant email notifications than I have - I agree with your take on them.

    Now getting the user's "real name" to show up below your avatar on the left of your posts again - that was done via the plug-in system, which they of course completely changed in the newer forums software. I still need to find out where in the new system to add this plug-in and how to get it in using their new methods. The old plug-in I created in the past doesn't work due to the forums software redesigns.
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    Re: Change in forum email behavior

    Thanks for all of your hard work! I appreciate it. And I can sympathize. I've had to hack forum software a time or two. Having access to the code base is both a blessing and a curse.

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    Re: Change in forum email behavior

    Thanks for the tips.

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