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Jan 18, 2011 12:42 PM

New Feature: Email Notifications

Hi Chowhounds,

We have a code release scheduled for 2pm tomorrow, January 18. There might be about 15 minutes of down time, but the site should be up and running after that.

We're launching email notifications, and coincidentally, someone asked about this a few weeks ago in this thread:

The emails will be sent to the email address that you registered with the site (you can change that on your profile settings page if you like). If you're opted in you'll get an email whenever someone responds to a thread that you started or commented on. The email will say who responded to which thread, and will have an excerpt from the response and a link to click back into the thread. That way you can decide whether it's something you want to respond to without going to the site and loading the thread.

We know that many people want to be alerted when someone comments on a thread that you either started or commented on yourself. We also know that for really active users, getting emails for every thread you're active on would be overwhelming and annoying.

So we're launching the feature like this: users who post below a certain threshold (fewer than 25 posts over the course of your Chowhound lifetime) will be opted IN to the notification emails. And users who post above that threshold will be opted OUT. To be clear: really active users will not get unwanted emails. At any point you can go to the Notifications tab in your profile to opt in or out.

We hope it's a feature that helps with your Chowhounding -- if you're opted in, you'll be more aware of the activity on threads that you've created or commented on. Let us know how it works for you!

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  1. Finally this feature, long coming and surely needed. Looking forward to it and thanks...

    1. Hallelujah! Finally! Thanks.

      1. Yes thank the lord! Now that Im opted in I can participate and become a more active member. However I have another question: will my email notification let me see what comments gets posted (like on Facebook) or will I only be notified of some action taking place (so essentially will I be able to read comments off my email or willi still need to sign in, etc)?

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        1. re: catzuella

          The emails will show an excerpt of the comment -- so if it's a short post, you'll be able to read it in your email and decide whether you want to click back and participate. In fact, you will probably get an email about this post -- let me know what you think about how well it works!

          1. re: davina

            An excerpt is very helpful and just what was on my mind after seeing the recent increase in +1 and +2 posts. Wouldn't want to follow a link just to read that.

        2. I'm sure it's a great feature, but how is "opting in" people to the notifications different from the people who "opted me in" to emails about generic drugs and making myself bigger? Couldn't people have chosen to opt in themselves?

          I'm glad CH lets me change my email address, at least.

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          1. re: Bill E.

            You seriously don't see the difference between receiving updates on a thread that you participated in and some unknown entity sending you SPAM?

          2. So how do you "Opt in" or "out" for that matter??


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            1. re: Davwud

              I got an email this morning that had this at the bottom:

              So, to sum up:
              • If you're a casual user, you will automatically get alerts. You can opt out on the Notifications tab in your profile.

              • If you're a frequent user, you will NOT automatically get alerts. You can opt in on the Notifications tab in your profile.

              How to find out whether you're opted in or out? Go to the Notifications tab in your profile and see whether the notifications box is checked. You can also change your email address in the Settings tab in your profile.