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Robert Sniadach
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Excellent feature! Keeps me going back for more.
 
Roger Taylor
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I think the idea is good, but I've yet to see any threads I wanted to read. It's all the ones I skip over in the recent topics listing. Of course, it can't be all things to all people.
 
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I love this new feature! keep it up please. great for people like me with finite amounts of time for computer work and research.
 
Jacquie Flint
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I like it. I'm able to see things I might never have thought to look for.
 
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Roger Taylor wrote:I think the idea is good, but I've yet to see any threads I wanted to read. It's all the ones I skip over in the recent topics listing. Of course, it can't be all things to all people.


If you choose some 'bumper stickers' of your favorite forums on your profile page, the threads that are chosen for you in that email will be from those forums...might be ones you were looking at anyway, but they at least will be in areas of interest.

This is what it says at the top of my email
"Here are the top 6 threads from the last 7 days of the forums you think are best!"


edit...or are they rated 'best' by the acorns that we can set by the forum list somewhere? anyone know?
click on the button on the upper right on this page that says 'rate forums' http://www.permies.com/forums to adjust acorns for each forum.....

edit again...must be the bumper stickers as the acorns that I rated forums with didn't stick.
 
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or are they rated 'best' by the acorns that we can set by the forum list somewhere?


Yes, the algorithm is a mix of your acorns for forums, plus the amount of thumbs up and apples granted in a thread and a few other factors.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:
or are they rated 'best' by the acorns that we can set by the forum list somewhere?


Yes, the algorithm is a mix of your acorns for forums, plus the amount of thumbs up and apples granted in a thread and a few other factors.


thanks...I wondered how that magic was happening. It always seemed as though the links I received were the same as my selected bumper stickers forums. I'll have to try setting acorns again and see what happens.
 
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I just got my first update, and a few of the links don't work, like the thread has been deleted or moved...If they are still around, I'd like to read them, but searches don't seem to help. I can find links in the forum directory to the articles, but no luck.
 
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I like it!
Thank you for requesting feedback


Burra Maluca wrote:I'm sure most of you will have had some of these emails by now, with the the title Interesting permies threads you might have missed followed by a list of threads that you, hopefully, will find interesting.

Mine is currently set to send the top 12 threads every day but you can change your settings to however many or how often you like.

This thread is you all to share your thoughts and opinions on this feature.

How is everyone finding it? It it helpful to you for finding interesting threads?

 
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Chad Sentman wrote:I just got my first update, and a few of the links don't work, like the thread has been deleted or moved...If they are still around, I'd like to read them, but searches don't seem to help. I can find links in the forum directory to the articles, but no luck.


Sometimes a thread is hidden for a while in order to clean it up. An argument may have broken out, and rather than having it get more and more heated to the point of thermonuclear war, we hide it, clean it up, and put it back.

But this is pretty rare. Is this with more than one thread?
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Sometimes a thread is hidden for a while in order to clean it up. An argument may have broken out, and rather than having it get more and more heated to the point of thermonuclear war, we hide it, clean it up, and put it back.

But this is pretty rare. Is this with more than one thread?


It happened with these two:

http://permies.com/t/56107/story-microbes-accomplish-miracles-buy

http://permies.com/t/56435/people-practicing-permaculture-work

 
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I like i!! Good job! Nice reminder!
 
paul wheaton
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Chad Sentman wrote:
paul wheaton wrote:

Sometimes a thread is hidden for a while in order to clean it up. An argument may have broken out, and rather than having it get more and more heated to the point of thermonuclear war, we hide it, clean it up, and put it back.

But this is pretty rare. Is this with more than one thread?


It happened with these two:

http://permies.com/t/56107/story-microbes-accomplish-miracles-buy

http://permies.com/t/56435/people-practicing-permaculture-work



I waited to reply in the hopes that the folks that are mending those threads would reply here. Since they didn't ..... those two threads are currently getting mended.
 
John Stannum
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I am on an Alcatel one touch. The links are not links for me. So I have to cut and paste and it's very hard on a phone.
I'd love one touch links.
 
Dianne Goodacre
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This email feature seems to be designed for people just like me. I love it. I'm relatively new to the idea of permaculture, don't have a lot of time, and it's great to have knowledgeable people pointing out interesting threads that I've missed. Especially the older ones. Thanks so much!
 
Ryan Sharon
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I imagine if might be different for long-time members, but as a newbie to the forums, it's awesome!

There are so many posts on this site it's sometimes hard mentally parse the search results; having an occasional email that lets you see what other people are discussing actually helps allot.

There have been subjects I hadn't given much thought to but after clicking on the link I found totally fascinating.
 
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I've said before that I like it.  I've just read a few of the above posts and they made me laugh.  At first I was getting a longer list more frequently, then I adjusted how much and how often.  Thanks for creating the customization option.

But what I like about it today is the part that says during the last 4 days people liked these posts and gave you apples for these posts.  I still find it odd to make my contributions to this site all alone, with other members not present, and when I receive these notices with links to the posts people have responded positively to, then it feels like there are other people here, and there is a real conversation of sorts going on. 

If others feel this way, then I think what this function is doing is "community building".
 
Kate Battersby
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Great idea!  Except ... the first link I tried to follow didn't exist:  http://permies.com/t/57606/Bill-Mollison-Geoff-Lawton-full

Then I found each time I typed in a search or a specific forum URL I got bounced out and had to log in again.  Guess this is the first time I've tried to move around the site and perhaps it takes practice or perhaps it really is rather counterintuitive to navigate in some respects

Anyway, it would all be great if navigation was intuitive for someone who pretty well lives on the webs.  Perhaps it is for everyone except me.  Not making any assumptions here.  But you did ask, so there you go.

K x
 
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Kate Battersby wrote:Great idea!  Except ... the first link I tried to follow didn't exist:  http://permies.com/t/57606/Bill-Mollison-Geoff-Lawton-full


I fixed it.  



Then I found each time I typed in a search or a specific forum URL I got bounced out and had to log in again. 


Can you give me a specific example?

 
Pau Simo
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I like the concept. Newsletters are boring to me, I like the simplicity of this.
 
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I really appreciate these emails. I'm busy, and to have a 'gentle reminder' helps me find time to check out the posts that interest me. Customisation is also appreciated. Thanks to all who are involved in this, it makes permies much more personal and although I don't always say a lot, I love the learning and applying it.
I ended up at Permies for the first time last year, when researching RMH's and got sidetracked into permaculture. We now have a functioning RMH and a garden full of produce. All in one year! Paul, you are to be congratulated on building a website and a team that makes permies so relevant. I particularly like your be nice or P### off attitude.
Lesley
 
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I love it!!!
 
Carma Nykanen
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This is a great simple bullet feature.

I'm finding it extra funny that the four links to my 'liked' posts go to a page saying that the posts do not exist. ..

A bug,  perhaps?

Or,  a false moral booster
 
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While the feature hasn't alerted me to a lot of missed threads I wanted to read, it has alerted me to enough I think it is a great feature. Especially since I am off grid now living on my land without internet access hooked up yet. So it can be several days before I check the forum and I often have missed threads I would have wanted to read or comment on. So this feature helps me track down threads I might have missed as they fall off the first page of recent threads and less likely to be spotted.
 
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Carma Nykanen wrote:
I'm finding it extra funny that the four links to my 'liked' posts go to a page saying that the posts do not exist. ..


Please tell me more!  Links?
 
Carma Nykanen
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For example: I see this on my email from permies:

Here are some of your posts people have mostly liked during the same period:

      https://permies.com//forums/posts/preList/0/507902 ; (1 like)


This is what I see when I click on the link :

Logout
forums
Information

The post you are trying to see does not exist.

All times above are in ranch (not your local) time.
The current ranch time is
Oct 30, 2016 15:44:27.
 
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Carma Nykanen
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Thanks!

It was from an android phone again
 
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Devaka gave us an update last night.  Did it fix things for you?
 
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Nope.  I tried each link.
 
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Hi Carma,

Some of the links in that email were malformed (see there were two slashes (//) instead of one after the permies.com part in each of those links).

The change was to fix what was causing the URLs to become malformed, and so you will have all working links at the next time you receive this email.


FYI, to correct the broken link  https://permies.com//forums/posts/preList/0/507902 , all I have to do is remove the extra slash after permies.com, like this:
https://permies.com/forums/posts/preList/0/507902

The next time you receive this email, there wouldn't be those extra slashes.
 
Carma Nykanen
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Good enough!
Thanks
 
Karen Herløv Horte
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I like it so much I would like to give it a: f..... awesome!!
 
Jeffrey Sullivan
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I like this. Keeps me up to date.
 
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I always see something I appreciate seeing that I would have missed otherwise. Thanks!
 
Jane Weeks
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I like it! It reminds me to check in to see what's happening.
 
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I like these. it send me to parts of the forum I wouldn't normall go.
 
Henry Coulder
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I like it!
Great idea to request feedback.
Nice and Simple.
 
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Thanks for this. It is very helpful in discovering helpful threads.
 
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I like it. Without this feature which magically appeared in my mailbox, I would forget this forum exists (that would be bad!) I didn't know it had settings available, but the default is good for me. If you wanted complaints, this is not where to find them.
 
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