This is topic New (or renewed?) forum function in forum Open Discussions About Writing at Hatrack River Writers Workshop.

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Posted by Kathleen Dalton Woodbury (Member # 59) on :
The webmaster, on request, has enabled an option that was available at one time and is now back--hopefully with better functionality.

Forum participants used to receive emails any time someone posted a reply to a topic that participant had created. I suspect the function was removed because it became overwhelming and generated complaints.

What you do now, however, is select the option with a "radio button" (which, I would think, can be de-selected later, if desired).

WARNING! I just checked, and it does not appear that the option can be de-selected. So be very sure you want to receive such email notifications.

You have to scroll down the page when you use the Full Reply form to reply to a topic (Quick Reply doesn't work) or when you create a New Topic. The Email Notification option is the top option.

I'm putting this in the Open Discussion area in hopes that it will be more easily noticed, but I will later move it to the "Please Read Here First" area, where any responses to this topic will be removed. Hope that works out okay.
Posted by Reziac (Member # 9345) on :
What if you reply to the topic a second time, does it then let you uncheck the box?
Posted by Kathleen Dalton Woodbury (Member # 59) on :
Maybe. It makes sense that it would. Anyone want to experiment with a topic they'd actually be willing to receive email notifications on?
Posted by Grumpy old guy (Member # 9922) on :
Well, I'm up for trying.

Posted by extrinsic (Member # 8019) on :
Also, under "my profile" is an Edit Topic Notifications page. That is a possibility for changing and for stopping e-mail notifications and options.

[ June 21, 2015, 11:03 AM: Message edited by: extrinsic ]
Posted by Kathleen Dalton Woodbury (Member # 59) on :
Didn't remember about that, extrinsic. Thanks!
Posted by Kathleen Dalton Woodbury (Member # 59) on :
Also, I'm looking forward to hearing what you find out, Phil.

Unless I create a second (non-administrative) account for myself, I really don't know how the forum works for you all.

Though creating such an account might not be a bad idea....

Posted by Grumpy old guy (Member # 9922) on :
Well, if you tick the box for e-mail notifications in a thread you started you will get an e-mail every time someone replies.

This e-mail will tell you the forum name, the thread name and the username of the person commenting. There is also a link to the thread and a link to change the notification settings; just in case you got 30,000 replies I suppose.

Also, if you use the full reply form to post a reply to someone's comments in the thread you started, you can un-check the notification box and you won't get any more e-mails.

I hope that's clearer than mud.

Posted by extrinsic (Member # 8019) on :
Clearer than crystal.
Posted by Scot (Member # 10427) on :
Thanks for running the test cases, Phil!
Posted by Kathleen Dalton Woodbury (Member # 59) on :
Thank you, Phil. That's actually very helpful.

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