User notification when new reply etc
It would be nice if users got a notification (similar to when you have a new IM), when other users replied to their comments, forum posts etc. That way it would be easier to continue conversations. If you are unsure what I mean, I am describing a feature similar to how facebook notifications work. Other plugins should also be able to “plug in” to the notification feature as well.
PS. I saw Andy wrote that screen notifications where coming, but that was a year ago.
@finni3 Until Andy trumps all of our work and goes deep core, Boone’s & D Cartwright’s excellent merged plugin will fit your needs https://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/buddypress-group-activity-stream-subscription/
There already are notifications and you can plug into these with plugins. That’s what the notification menu is at the top of the screen.
@mikepratt. Sorry, I see now that I wasnÃ‚Â´t completely clear. What I meant was notifications in the buddybar. (Like when you get a new friend request or a new IM in buddypress, not e-mail notifications.
@andy. So the foundations for the notification system is in place? Nice. If I understand you correctly, you could e.g. modify Boone’s & D Cartwright’s plugin to notify thorugh the buddybar instead of e-mails (or both)?
It wouldn’t be that hard to make it work that way, nope. Though it might cause issues if we implemented digests of posts/etc.
My main concern in doing it this way would be that the notifications area in the buddybar might become a bit swamped. I know that on facebook I’ve started to ignore the notifications area because I simple got too tired of having to delete thousands of pointless invites/etc that I wasn’t interested in.
Yes – i think a mail is enough for groups… (digests will be awesome! )
@finni3 I must agree with @d Cartwright and @michael here. CInsider the los of utility if your notifications menu all of a suden gives word of every forum posting of every topic you were involved in? Imagine if you posted once and then left for awhile and saw that you had 214 forum replies? What would you do with that?
In general, I think it’s safe to keep screen notifications to those items that post heads ups infrequently but when they do , it’s very important (hence the real need for the heads up) ex a Private Message, Friend Request. Another criterion would be the kind of action required (in the case of a forum reply, the only required action is to read it (not critical, obviously)
Ok, obviously there are the possibilitiy of information overflow, but that does not mean you shouldnÂ´t have the option of turning notifications on. In Cartwrights plugin you can choose what you want the users to be notified of. For some bbpress installations, being notified of e.g. forum replies to a topic you started, is feasible – for larger ones they may not be.
LetÂ´s take facebook as an example:
You donÂ´t get notified of every wallpost in a group. Why not? Because you would have 200 new notifications every day if you are a member of a popular group.
But you do get notified if a friends comments on your wall, or if someone comments on a post that you also commented on. This keeps the conversation going and is a good way of keeping up with things you find interesting etc.
Apparantly, notifcations in the buddybar can be done with a plugin, since Andy has made it possible for plugins to plug in to the notifications area. In light of this information I am not advocating this having to be in core. If it where to be in core, I can understand only wanting the notifications to be “citical only”. But as a plugin I donÂ´t see a problem with having the option to allow notifications of comment replies, forum replies etc. An option regarding forum replies could be to have a “do not notify me of furter updates” link if you are not interested in the forumpost anymore.
There is always a fine line with giving people enough info and too much info, but I suggest that it should be up to each admin to decide what works best for his community.
Any more thoughts?
Good points really. I guess having things configurable is the important thing. Letting site admins have control of things is best, as long as there is a suggested/default behaviour that fits most needs.
Very interesting thread. Myself, I’m very interested in helping further develop the group to email functionality. Having notifications in the buddybar would be a bonus.
My question is, does anyone have an idea when email notifications will be in core? I thought it was planned for 1.3, but lots is planned for 1.3 and I see the roadmap does not include email notifications.
If it’s not planned for a while, then I’d like to help further refine the group activity stream subscription plugin. I need digest support as well I think I can improve the usability a bit. (@aekeron) any thoughts on any of this?
Sounds very interesting I would have no problem with you getting involved in improving it. I’ll drop you a message on namoo as it’s easier to keep track of things there (for me, at least) and we can discuss things further. I’m ultra busy tonight though, so it’ll probably be sometime over the weekend
I have a requirement that, once user reply to activity comment. It should notify other users who are replied to that comment.
I found this http://en.support.wordpress.com/comment-notification-email/ plugin. But the problem is, it will notify only parent comment user. I want to notify all users .
Just some friendly advice but I would open a new topic because the initial topic is going on four years old and some of that information may have been outdated. If you do not find the help you need then consider perhaps posting it on the jobs board.
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