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possible new feature: tell users about a thread

 
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from another thread:

Dana Jones wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:So a user would get a PM that would say "Dana thinks you would like to see this post: _____" ??



That would work. The other forum I am on, sometimes someone asks for help for their sick animal, lets say a sheep. The first people to comment on the post might not know anything about sheep, but will "call" others more proficient with sheep knowledge. @sheepwhisperer @sheepvet and then these people get notified. The way the other forum works, when I log in, I get alerts on threads that I commented on, if there is a new post. That's where the notifications show up for the "call" to a post. The alert says so-and-so mentioned you in a post, I click on it and it takes me to that post.

I am not trying to make Permies into another forum, so please don't be offended. But I think it would be a neat feature to have, the ability to call a person's attention to a thread or post. If it would be by PM, then that would work. I have read posts where a user asks a question, gets comments and another user says, that would be a question for Fred Ferklemyer, but there is no way to notify Fred that his attention is needed on that thread. Maybe Fred will find it, maybe he won't. Is there any way you could offer that option?

I get emails that there are new posts on threads that I have commented on and that really helps me find them again. I appreciate this feature!
Thanks Paul for this fantastic site.
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So I see two different possible features - please tell me if I am understanding this correctly ....

2301: I could set up my account so that any time anybody says "paul wheaton" I could get an email. Further, I could set up the account so that anytime anybody writes "wofati" or "apple seed" or "shippable core" I get an email.

2302: Add the ability so that if I am reading a thread and I think "Wow, Jocelyn should see this" ... wait that doesn't work, I email jocelyn stuff all the time. Let's say Julia Winter .... So from a post I could click on something that says maybe "tell a permie about this post" and then I would somehow specify julia winter and julia would get an email that would say "paul wheaton wants to direct your attention to this post.":

Does this sound about right?






 
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I like both!
 
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Devaka has given me some thoughts on these and so I wanna add some more thoughts about these ideas.

2301.1: I think the average user can specify three bits of text to be alerted about. They will get exactly one alert per thread - if they want more from a thread, they would have to set up a watch on the thread.

2301.2: I think a pie user could have unlimited text bits.

2301.3: i think everybody starts off with their display name being on this list


2302.1: any users can say that they don't want this sort of notification.

2302.2: I think that when looking up a user, one could type in "julia" and see all the julia's in our system that have ten or more posts - sorted in order of posts. I think it would be cool if the same can be said for "jul" and all the julias, juliannes, julies and julberts come up. And "j w" would bring up all the names that match first names that start with "j" and last names that start with "w". Pie users could then see a button that says "include all users with at least one post".



 
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Yes to all of it. I think it would be a great feature(s).
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

So I see two different possible features - please tell me if I am understanding this correctly ....

2301: I could set up my account so that any time anybody says "paul wheaton" I could get an email. Further, I could set up the account so that anytime anybody writes "wofati" or "apple seed" or "shippable core" I get an email.



This sounds scary.. As in, you would get SO many emails from this from people not really meaning to send you too, they were just using your name in a conversation. But I s'pose you might be the only person with that problem. And other celebs on permies I guess. I'm not so worried because people don't usually use my last name. But I suppose this could be a feature you turn off, right?



2302: Add the ability so that if I am reading a thread and I think "Wow, Jocelyn should see this" ... wait that doesn't work, I email jocelyn stuff all the time. Let's say Julia Winter .... So from a post I could click on something that says maybe "tell a permie about this post" and then I would somehow specify julia winter and julia would get an email that would say "paul wheaton wants to direct your attention to this post.":



This one seems more reasonable because it would have to be intentional.
 
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Cassie Langstraat wrote:

This sounds scary.. As in, you would get SO many emails from this from people not really meaning to send you too, they were just using your name in a conversation. But I s'pose you might be the only person with that problem. And other celebs on permies I guess. I'm not so worried because people don't usually use my last name. But I suppose this could be a feature you turn off, right?



I think everybody who creates an account will start off with their display name as the search-match thing. And then they can add to the list or take their name off of the list. So, yes, they can turn it off.


 
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Is this like the @ function in instagram and twitter and facebook etc? I have often thought of this on permies. It seems best to have it be intentional when a person is notified. Like I could say "This reminds me of that time Cassie's parents sent her home with a trunkfull of food love" and nothing would happen but if a person wrote a joke that I thought Cassie would really get I could tag it with @cassielangstraat and she would get a notification and see the joke I wanted her to see.
 
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Paul you almost have it!

2302.2: I think that when looking up a user, one could type in "julia" and see all the julia's in our system that have ten or more posts - sorted in order of posts. I think it would be cool if the same can be said for "jul" and all the julias, juliannes, julies and julberts come up. And "j w" would bring up all the names that match first names that start with "j" and last names that start with "w

Matu Collins that is what I am talking about. I am not on twitter or Instagram, but that is exactly what I was trying to convey! Thank you!

On the other forum that I am on, if I want to call someone to a thread I type in @ then I start their name. Before I can finish several members names pop up and I click on the one I want. If I wanted to call Matu Collins to a thread, I would type in @mat and names starting with mat would pop up. I would click on Matu Collins and Matu would get notified about that thread.

If people started getting messages or emails every time their name was used, it would be chaos and confusion. That is why the @ is used in conjunction with their name.

It would be great if you could do this!
 
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That is a really great idea.

I like the 'intentionality' of it, and the networking.

I think it would also be great to be able to turn it off. Some people get too many emails. Like me, when I'm busier in the summer.

I would like it, for instance, first thing in the winter and into the winter a while, but after winter begins dwindling and the light is increasing and I am outside way more and have way way less computer time, then I would want no extra emails, and so the option to not be reminded would be great too.

The feature could be set (maybe... no pressure here) so that if a person tried to refer you to a post as was described as ideal by the OP, but you were choosing not to be so informed, then some icon would show up that you are 'not presently available for consultation' or 'networking' in this way.

How does that sound

 
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