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Update: new incoming feature.

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Hey Meta Knights!

Within a week, we’ll be rolling out a new feature—notification emails will be happening in real time, instead of a daily email. This will apply to all comments, answers, wikis and @ mentions. iFixit is all about us collectively working together to help one another out, and take care of our planet in the process. With instant email notifications, we'll be able to help eachother out faster. We're excited and think that you'll find it just as cool.

Happy Fixing!

Blake

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would this apply to older threads too? every time something is answered by a person they follow the question. I get emails from all the old topics I’ve ever answered.

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Yes it would. If you do not want emails you can head over to the thread and click the "Subscribed to discussion" button to unsubscribe from the thread.

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That’s a lot of unsubscribing to do. Could a mass unsubscribe all button be added? Or even “unsubscribe all you have not responded to in the past week” button?

Personally I’ve never unsubscribed in the lifetime of my account. So, that will take hours I don’t have time for.

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Sorry to be picking at your work though. Seems like a good idea. seems to already be added to meta though.

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It's okay! I'd recommend going to the Answers section of your user contribution page (https://www.ifixit.com/User/Contribution...) for a list of all the the threads you've participated in. You can then unsubscribe from all the threads you've participated in from there.

If you don't want any iFixit notification emails you can modify your email settings here: https://www.ifixit.com/User/Edit/prefere.... We'll update those preferences to reflect that emails are sent in real time once we make the change live.

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OMG This sounds like I’m going to be getting 50-100 additional emails a day. I really hope there are options as to how to deselect some types. As active as I am, I may not need this at all. Hope I can opt out of most of it.

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The notifications are better for real time updates. This is just going to clutter up email inboxes.

We generally don't need live emails, since the notifications cut it most of the time. I generally don’t pay attention to the notification emails on a thread I’m subscribed to because I don’t need to to that. I’ve pretty much opted out of anything that isn’t required.

This isn’t a problem if the option to opt out is made available, but having it done in such a way that you have no way out is a horrible way to do it. Personally I’d end up opting out of such emails because I use the notifications.

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We are all crying like a bunch of little kids. Can we please give this a chance and see what it is all about? I understand that this is probably going to increase email traffic. We need to understand that this is not about us. It is about the iFixit community as a whole. It is not about a few people not liking it. We should consider those that will benefit from this. So, if it increases my email and I have a problem with that, then I need to fix it. Either by redirecting ifixit emails to a different folder or unsubscribing from the question/ifixit notification.

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@evan - Can we put in an option to post only once a day (24hrs) I really don't want to have to clean out my email of all the clutter I'm likely to get with this change.

I'm not against this change, in fact I think it will help!

The only problem is you have three different groups of people the single question posters, the multi question poster and the people like me who mostly answer the questions. The first two won’t have any issues, its people like Mayer, Mike & Me who do a lot of the answering that I think are going to get hit with a lot emails.

If I can alter the setting to be once a day then I can live with this. I don't want to shutdown the messages as some updates sneak by and I only catch them with the email notification.

The one thing that would help is make it mandatory that the person registering have a valid email address and make part of the validation involve a cross-check that might also reduce some of the spam attacks if they don’t validate within 48 hrs disable the account. And cache the address so it’s not reused.

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Thanks for your input everyone!

After some deliberation, we will not be axing the daily summary emails. New people will be set up with immediate email notifications, and existing folks can opt out using the user preferences link found in their email footers.

If you opt out, you will not receive a ton of emails, but your responses will kick-off real-time emails. Hopefully this will increase the number of people who respond to/accept answers.

Thanks again!

- Evan

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Sounds good by me! I agree people getting an instant email who are asking Q’s makes sense.

Besides the ‘’’Answer’’’ will ‘’’Comments’’’ also fire off the message?

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Stage 1 is adding realtime emails to Guide and Wiki comments.

Stage 2 will be moving Answers and Answers comments to realtime emails.

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That implementation makes sense. I use the notifications as I mentioned in my answer. It's fine on a standard computer but you need to know to check it once in a while on mobile.

The notifications probably aren't 100% realtime, but it's okay for guides (if not better) - for me many of my guides are largely irrelevant, older or have been replaced. It works well for current guides by the user, but once they "retire" it by calling it quits with updates but keep it alive then you end up with eMail for an old guide without opting out manually as soon as you get an eMail for a comment on that guide and that may take some time. That's why I use the notifications - it's naturally filtering so if I have a guide I "retired" by not updating it 14 months ago I will get no notifications until someone needs it again in the current state 14 months after you stopped with updates. With eMail you need to do this filtering manually.

Everyone has a different workflow, but the notification based method is good for me because I have so many guides I'd need to opt out as soon as I retire it and I may even forget - the notifications avoid this so I don't need to think about it because I know when it's a certain age I'll likely never see more then 1 every few years.

If I was a new user (obviously I'm not, but you get the idea) and I have a guide I gave the (Archived) label because the hardware was used as a spiteful dog's bathroom and it's older anyway, then I probably have zero interest in updating it further and will move on, but will not delete it. That said if I used one I worked on for someone else and I liked that device enough to buy a nice one for myself, I may buy one myself and rework and maintain it. That will depend on the author.

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@evan thank you Sir. Let's do it and get things on the road.

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