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Comment Notifications Answered

As you know, we're always updating the site to try and improve it for you. Sometimes we go a bit overboard... Recently we changed how you're notified when someone comments on an Instructable you wrote, or a forum you started, or replied to a comment you wrote, etc. People were getting a ton of emails, each with just one comment in it. So we created the ability to bundle these up into just one email, which you can get hourly or daily (or not at all). (Oh, and you can still get individual emails if you prefer - just update your user settings to suit you.) All well and good! But there was a small problem deep in the guts of the notification code, wherein it periodically skipped notifying some people of some comments, some of the time. Since a lot of people were getting notifications normally, it took a while to figure this out. I just fixed it... and there were a LOT of old comments that hadn't been sent yet, that just went out all at once! At least one user got notified of 93 comments. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that that was a backlog, and not normal, and going forward you should only have the one hour's worth, or one day's worth, depending on how you've set up your account.

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bubblewrap74
bubblewrap74

11 years ago

I would really like to be able to turn notifications off for selected threads. If I comment on an instructable, I'd to be able to individually opt in or out of notifications for that specific thread, without applying those settings to all the other notifications I might receive. Any possibility of this in the future?

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rachel
rachel

Reply 11 years ago

We have had a couple requests for this feature, so yes it's definitely on our radar. We don't have a timeframe for it yet, however. I'll try to remember to let you know when it gets scheduled :)

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TimAnderson
TimAnderson

11 years ago

It looks like I'm not getting comment emails. I checked the notification settings, which are right.

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yokozuna
yokozuna

11 years ago

I know this post is old, but it's the closest thing I can find to a problem I'm having- namely I haven't been getting notifications in my profile when people comment on my instructables. It says my last comment was December 1, yet there are several comments from after that time. Here's the problem: I had someone comment on my instructable in a negative.... err, constructive manner. :) I believe the criticism is fair, and didn't delete/flag/lock or anything else. However, several other people have reacted quite harshly to his comment, and I'd like to make sure that anything people are replying stay within the spirit of the site. Any and all help is appreciated.

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Weissensteinburg
Weissensteinburg

13 years ago

I accidentally marked comment responses as spam once, and a few days later, I had about 100 emails from you guys that I had missed.

I like getting a bunch of emails every day...it makes me feel special =] (It also helps to get notified instantly if I'm having a conversation with someone)

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gyromild
gyromild

Reply 13 years ago

Yep, Individual emails help facilitate conversation between users.

it makes me feel special =]
  • I'm not too sure about this bit though =)

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

13 years ago

oh, ok, thanks for telling me. I did notice several that it hadn't told me about before.

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bumsugger
bumsugger

13 years ago

i like the "new look" to the site,it shows that you guys pay attention to feedback and are R-E-A-L-L-Y on the ball ! Keep up the good work,this has to be one of my most favourite sites on the net !!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

The "93 comments" was me - should I be pleased at stirring up responses, or sad that I spend so much of my life here?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

LOL

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Jake Turner
Jake Turner

13 years ago

yeah, i checked my inbox yesterday and said "holy sh1t!", when i saw "25 comments: from instructables. only two of em were ones i hadnt read though. but hey, i felt special for 10 seconds, which is all that matters right? :D

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John Smith
John Smith

13 years ago

I got 43 comments! Well, there was only about 10 I never heard, but oh well.

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Brennn10
Brennn10

13 years ago

Great thanks Rachel! I was curious about this because I was getting comments, but none of which came through in an email. Thanks for fixing it!