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possible addition to the BB

Posted by Bill on December 25, 1998 at 17:48:56:

I was thinking - it might not be hard to change the BB so that it sends email to a person whenever anyone responds directly to their post. This would work whenever the person put a valid email address in their post. The email could contain a link to their post so they could easily check out all the responses.

The catch being that if a person got ten responses, they would get ten emails (ugh)... What do you think?

Bill


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Re: possible addition to the BB

Posted by Peter Wray on December 25, 1998 at 20:42:04:

In Reply to: possible addition to the BB posted by Bill on December 25, 1998 at 17:48:56:

Sounds like a great idea to me. While there are some postings that get many responses it is often the originator who posts many of these.

One question Bill - would the e-mail only be in response to the original message or would it also occur when someone responds to a response (are youwith me still?). I can imagine a person asking a question, getting a response (and an e-mail message) then replying to that response. Could that generate duplicate e-mail messages?

Peter


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Re: possible addition to the BB

Posted by Dad on December 26, 1998 at 09:31:05:

In Reply to: possible addition to the BB posted by Bill on December 25, 1998 at 17:48:56:

Keep thinking, Bill.

Like Peter, I have a question too:

Would the responses still go on the BB where the rest of us could see them?

Love, Dad




Re: possible addition to the BB

Posted by Nancy on December 26, 1998 at 18:46:04:

In Reply to: possible addition to the BB posted by Bill on December 25, 1998 at 17:48:56:

Bill

I have participated in a discussion board that did that. I really liked it because I didn't read it every day, so I never missed an answer to a question or comment I made. It still appeared for all to read and responses to responses came to my email also. I had the option to use that feature or not use it. The DB was for Hall & Oates. If you're interested, I can put you in touch with the administrator, who can answer any questions you might have. Personally I can't see any disadvantage to it, since it was totally opional for each participant. I vote "YES"!
Now, I've noticed that the format has changed for that DB and I don't get responses anymore, but that might just be because I haven't signed up for the option. Also, it doesn't hold anyways near as many posts as Walt's BB does. That was because it would take too long to download, I believe.

Thanks for your continuing improvements to the BB!

Nancy





Re: possible addition to the BB

Posted by VickiR on December 28, 1998 at 14:53:09:

In Reply to: possible addition to the BB posted by Bill on December 25, 1998 at 17:48:56:

I can see some advantage in such a feature. I recall one instance where I by chance went by to a message that I had posted months earlier and found, to my chagrin, that someone had responded with a question. I also like the idea of having the option to turn the feature on and off.



Re: possible addition to the BB

Posted by Bill on December 29, 1998 at 10:11:46:

In Reply to: Re: possible addition to the BB posted by Peter Wray on December 25, 1998 at 20:42:04:

Hi Peter,

The email would be sent to you whenever anyone responds to any post you make (whether or not your post was a new thread or a response to another post).

I like the idea people had of making the email optional. Next question: what should the default be? Probably the default should be to send the email. One way to avoid getting the email is to leave the "E-mail" field blank, and another can be to check the new checkbox. But I'm open to input on this.

Also, this would probably only work for posts made after I changed the software.

Bill


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Re: possible addition to the BB

Posted by Peter Wray on December 29, 1998 at 14:39:22:

In Reply to: Re: possible addition to the BB posted by Bill on December 29, 1998 at 10:11:46:

I like the option of being able to turn this feature on and off.

What happens when a user enters the wrong e-mail address? I assume the mail bounces. would this create alot of extra work fory you Bill?

Happy and Healthy New Year to you!

Peter



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