mwalimu (mwalimu) wrote in suggestions,

Email notification of comments based on age

Email notification of comments based on age

Short, concise description of the idea
Provide an option to make email notification of comments added to LJ entries conditional based on how long it's been since the original post.

Full description of the idea
With this feature, an LJ user could specify that they want to receive e-mail notification of comments only if the original entry is older than, say, 24 hours (the time could be adjustable). This would be helpful if, for instance, the user generally pays close attention to their most recent entries anyway, so an e-mail notifying them of a new comment would be superfluous, whereas a new comment to an older entry is more likely to be overlooked and an email bringing it to their attention is helpful.

Similar functionality could be added for replies to comments made in others' LiveJournals, and to entries and comments in communities.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Fewer notification of comments e-mails being sent/received.
  • Email notifications of comments more useful since they draw attention to entries more likely to be overlooked otherwise.
  • Email notification feature more useful for users who typically receive a lot of comments and keep the feature turned off due to the volume of emails.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Timetagging issues - does the LJ database keep track of the actual posting date/time (regardless of time user specified on the post)? (Hopefully, LJ uses GMT or some other time standard so that time zone issues aren't a problem.)
  • Conceivably might result in more notification emails being generated if a lot of users use the feature who previously had email notification turned off
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • When generating a notification of comment email, subtract the timetag of the original post from the timetag of the comment (if possible, use the actual post times, not the user-supplied times). If the result is less than the minimum age specified in the intended recipient's user profile, do not send the notification.
  • Tags: notifications, § historical
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