I've seen this used a few times now, especially in General Discussions. A member will answer a few members individually and then progress to addressing everyone by typing everyone. It's not a bad system. Member tags stand out a lot because they are links, and not doing the same when talking to everyone makes it harder to see when you glance over posts.
So, my suggestion is that everyone sends a notification to every participant of a thread. Relatively straightforward, no?
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Feb 10, 12 at 6:11pm
Actually, I think tweaks to the existing system of thread favoriting could perhaps be another viable method of accomplishing this.
Others have noted that it may be an annoyance and I tend to agree. People seem quite liberal with notifying even when sending someone a notification perhaps isn't the most appropriate in the context of a post. Adding a @everyone without some kind of opt-out is sorta dooming you to receiving notifications forever about something after posting there just once.
Right now when you "subscribe" to a thread (perhaps the word "favorite" would be more appropriate if modified) a thread gets placed on the my.threads page and you have the option to receive email updates only. I think this should be expanded in two ways: 1) Give an additional option to receive notifications instead, or in conjunction with, emails if the thread is replied to; 2) Perhaps give the option to subscribe to a system of @everyone notices from people within the thread, or make the act of favoriting it the opt-in mechanism itself.
I think this could work for those who add forums to their favorites list too, so moderators could perhaps get the attention of everyone who has favorited the board if there's an announcement, new important thread or similar. We already have the methods to determine those who are interested via the favoriting system, it's just a matter of expanding upon this to make favoriting something a more relevant and meaningful choice imo.
Feb 09, 12 at 6:34am
I'll throw my cents into category moderators as well. I think even Moderators could handle a system like this without creating too much of a disturbance.
Especially in the case of Quierta and I with the Neo Newspaper. Occasionally information is released that requires attention to smack our staff in the face.
Feb 09, 12 at 5:06am
Already exists, for the right user levels. You can see the announcement here. I like that it is a limited feature, but I would be okay with it being slightly expanded to maybe category moderators.
Feb 08, 12 at 7:01pm
Something like this would make the option to not receive notifications even more plausible. I for one post in places I normally wouldn't post in for moderating reasons, I'm sure many mods are the same, and I would rather not receive notifications that would be geared at the regulars when I don't fit into that category. Not to mention there would be a clear line between abuse and good use of the feature that many members will still ignore that line. Reading the odd pointless notification is something everybody would have endured by now, but these will be in abundance when people think it's worth typing @everybody or @thread to tell others that they're wondering if they should by MW3 or BF3.
I stand by the thought that if people care, they will look through threads anyway. At the same time I think this would be a good tool for moderators as members always seem to miss warnings and announcements.
Feb 08, 12 at 6:50pm
I say no to this idea unless it is only a moderator ability. I don't really like getting notifications for something I could have checked on my own if I really wanted to.
But hey it could have some perks for non-mod members to like GD announcements or something of that sort. I would just find it annoying personally.
Feb 08, 12 at 6:00pm
If you have a quiz thread, then it would be a good idea to notify everyone when the thread gets updated, as they sometimes doin't bother looking.
Feb 08, 12 at 7:49am
Could be useful in certain situations, but as said, people who abuse it should get a ban or at least a warning.
Feb 08, 12 at 7:24am
I agree as long as people who spam it are banned. Also if it only sends notifications back a few pages, I'd hate to keep getting notifications about a 50 page thread that I posted in back on page 6.
Slight modification to this. What about the ability to add people to "Tag Groups"? Whenever somebody posts, there could be an optional add on to have a quick button to add them to one of your groups with a drop down menu, similiar to the PM menu. Then, you can just use that specific tag to notify everybody in that particular group. This also ties in to the custom notification suggestion. There could be add ons within posting mode to create a group for everybody in that particular thread.
I think that in an alternative extension of what you posted, that there be a forum tag list, where a moderator has control of who can access the tag list (for example, in Pokemon Strategy, the mod could give the forumlist tag access to members). The tag list would only be voluntary, that way, members don't get notifications they don't care about.
Feb 08, 12 at 3:38am
Smell The Chiken
The only way I see this being useful is if mods use it for new rules so that everyone knows and have no excuses. Otherwise, I see it being unnecessary, especially if someone goes overboard with them. Likewise, I don't see many situations where it would be effective. If you care about a forum enough to want to know changes within it, you would check it regularly.
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