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How can I have my daily update emails be ONLY new threads started?

post #1 of 5
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With most forums I subscribe to a sub-forum and it sends me an email broken down with new threads first and then topics that have had activity that day. With this forum there doesn't seem to be a way to designate new threads started from current traffic. This is frustrating because I already have subscriptions coming for threads that are getting traffic that I'm interested in. To have to read through a list of dozens & trying to figure out what is a new thread to see if I would be interested is annoying. How do I set my filter to ONLY email me the links to new topics that were started that day?
post #2 of 5
I don't believe that's an option as of right now.
post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by Mike Lang View Post

I don't believe that's an option as of right now.

Is it a software limitation or just not enabled? Every other forum I'm on (dozens) differentiates between new threads and existing threads in their daily email notifications. The way this forum does it makes it relatively worthless so I keep unsubscribing which means that I pretty much don't participate in this forum because I don't have time to check the actual forums for new threads. Having emails come to me each day so I can see what new threads interest me is how I keep active on forums.
post #4 of 5
The software just wasn't written that way. I doubt the programmers would have anticipated someone placing more value on a post solely based on that post being used to start a new thread vs. adding to an existing one.

A subscription to a forum is designed to alert you to new content, be it post 1 or post 100,000. Many new threads could have very well been continuations of existing threads anyway.
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by Mike Lang View Post

The software just wasn't written that way. I doubt the programmers would have anticipated someone placing more value on a post solely based on that post being used to start a new thread vs. adding to an existing one.

A subscription to a forum is designed to alert you to new content, be it post 1 or post 100,000. Many new threads could have very well been continuations of existing threads anyway.

I don't have any experience to speak of with the 'Huddler Tech' that you guys use but I know the more popular ones all have this standard. This is a pretty popular option for must users as they can simply sign up to whatever sub-forums they have an interest in and then get a daily email that has a list of the new threads and then a list of existing threads that had traffic that day. So, it's not post specific based as much as thread based so that your email looks like this:

Subject line of email: AVSForum.com alert for Speakers sub-forum


[body of email]
The following threads are new:

This thread is a hotlink for a thread started on this days
Posted by: user

This is another hotlink to a thread started today
Posted by: user #2

etc

The Following threads have been updated:

Hotlink for thread posted last week but had activity today
Updated by: user #3

Hotlink for another thread that was started a month ago but had activity today
Updated by: user #4
[/email body]

Each thread is listed only once in the email every day. So as you stated it doesn't matter if there was one post to the thread or 100,000 you still only get one link in the email for that particular thread. It's still the same it just adds the functionality of knowing what threads you haven't seen yet versus those you have and either 1) subscribed to already or 2) didn't have any interest in so no need to click them again.

As you can see this is helpful because it keeps you current with all the areas of all the forums you have interest in. I just don't have the time to manually visit every sub-forum of every forum I'm interested in. The email I get now is just a list of every single thread that was upated that day. If I'm subscribed to them then I get the updates as they're updated anyway. So I would rather not have those in my email at all because what I'm interested in is new topics that were started so I can read them to see if I'm interested enough to subscribe or comment on them. The current email notification for subscribed forums is rather useless since you have to wade through every single thread that had activity that day and attempt to cherry pick out the new threads you haven't yet read which can be difficult given how similar most thread topics in the same subforum can be.

Surely I'm not the only one who thinks this is a feature that would make this forum more user-friendly even though I might be the only one who has brought it up. Most just move on to the next forum rather than take the time to request features that the other forum likely already has.
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