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Feature request: mass-mail to subscribers Answered

I have just realised how many people have subscribed to me (over 370!).

Since they have taken a special interest in me, I feel I ought to be able to reward them somehow.

I would like to be able to send a message to all my subscribers at once, giving them advance notice of ibles etc, to let them get first chance to comment or suggest improvements before I publish it to the general public.

Update: the majority of replies seem to be in favour or neutral.

(For instance, I currently have two projects awaiting publication that are complete enough for useful comments to be made, but not complete enough to publish properly.)

Would you have liked the chance to comment on a project a few hours before everybody else? Or to be able to contribute to it before it is published?

Or maybe you want to publish a project that is unavailable to the wider public because it does not meet the site's usual family-friendly standards?

Or am I giving the concept of subscribers more significance than I ought?



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KnexFreek

9 years ago

 man of kites...

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ewilhelm

10 years ago

Forum topics are supposed to go out to your subscribers, so you could simply post a forum topic with the unpublished URL. However, I'm not certain forum topics are actually going out in the subscriptions, so I'll look into fixing that.

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Kitemanewilhelm

Reply 10 years ago

That's not what I meant - if I posted a forum topic, anybody could look at the project.

I was meaning giving a preview only to those who are subscribed.

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ewilhelmKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

OK, I've got it now, and will consider.

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Kitemanewilhelm

Reply 10 years ago

Cool. No rush, though - you've probably got a long list.

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mman1506

10 years ago

now you have 82 cause after reading this i subscribed

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Kiteman

10 years ago

OP updated.

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SoapyHollow

10 years ago

Yeah, I'm on board with this idea.

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Goodhart

10 years ago

As long as it can be implemented with some sort of fail-safe that keeps SPAMMERS from getting the upper hand with the mass mailing system....

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KitemanGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

I was specifically thinking about mailing to people who have chosen to subscribe to me, not to random swathes of the membership. If I abused it, I assume they would unsubscribe.

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Oh, I see. Sorry I misunderstood.

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Kryptonite

10 years ago

I personally think that's a great idea, maybe a request to some of the staff could get an update for the site?

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KitemanKryptonite

Reply 10 years ago

That is the point of this thread - the Team will read it (because it's in the feedback section), and the rest of the members get to put their two-penn'th in as well.

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KryptoniteKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Oh, righto then, well, good luck on getting it all sorted out. :D

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gmjhowe

10 years ago

I like your thinking.. Perhaps, a better way to do this, would be that you can 'pseudo publish' an instructable. That is then only visible to subscribers for them to comment etc. Then if and when, you can publish it fully? That way, people can't take advantage of the system.

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Kitemangmjhowe

Reply 10 years ago

I was thinking about just sending a link to the unfinished projects, as we can already do on a one-by-one basis, but I have almost 80 subscribers (I'd get bored sending!).

Or maybe a partial publish - sort of like when we had that bug and all our unpublished projects turned up in our subscribers' inboxes (such as this example), except there is a button to click to say "publish to subscribers".

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gmjhoweKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

Thats what i mean, your partial publish is what i meant by pseudo pubish.

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Kitemangmjhowe

Reply 10 years ago

OK. Not much response, though - one for, one against. Anybody else?

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11010010110Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

if a feature can be implemented why not ?

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Audey

10 years ago

Being a Kiteman subscriber; I support this idea.

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caitlinsdad

10 years ago

Completables should go here somewhere.

All of your stalkers subscribers may be spooked if you respond to them. But wouldn't advance notification be redundant if they check on you incessantly?

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Kitemancaitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

I don't think subscribers do check on their subscriptions all the time - they crop up on your "activity" bar, but at the same time as they appear in the main lists.

Don't you think it would be nice, though, to get a sneak peak at a cool project before the rest of the site do? Certainly before the general public do?

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caitlinsdadKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I prefer to get shocked and awed with the rest of the commoners. It's more fun that way.