E-mail notification of posts works a bit differently now; the new system is designed around being primarily an on-line, rather than e-mail based, system, and as such 'encourages' you to visit the on-line forum as often as possible for the newest information. Below is some advice on viewing new messages:
The best way to check for new messages:A.
You can always view new posts by clicking the New Posts
link on the blue toolbar towards the top of all Community pages, once you've logged in. This displays all threads that have new messages - i.e. that you've not yet read. From the resulting list of new threads, you can do any of the following:
- Click the thread title to be taken to the beginning of that thread;
- Click the down-arrow-in-a-blue-box image, just before the thread title, to go to the first message in that thread that you've not yet read; or
- click the right-arrow-in-a-blue-box image next to the last poster's name, to go to the last post in the thread.
Using this 'New Posts' function is the surest, most solid and reliable way to ensure that you see all new posts that you've not yet read.
NB: In the results listing for a 'New Posts' search, if you wish to mark all threads in all forums as 'read', even if you've not read them (i.e. if you wish to 'catch yourself up' on all posts), you can click the Mark all forums as read link at the top of the listing. This will update all read-counts for your account.
NB2: If there are no new posts when you click New Posts, you will be given an option to see all posts from the last 24 hours instead.
Alternative methods, involving e-mail notification:B.
You can subscribe to forums
, so that you receive an e-mail notification any time a new thread
(not a new post!) is initiated within that forum.
NB: A 'forum' is one of the main sub-topic areas of the Community; thus Creation, the Cosmos and Human Nature under 'Doctrine and Theology' is a forum, as is Sin, Evil, the Devil and Repentance, etc. There are about 25 forums in the Discussion Community.
To subscribe to a forum in this way:
- Go to the forum to which you wish to subscribe.
- Once in the forum, click the Forum Tools drop-down menu towards the top of the list of threads. From that menu, select Subscribe to This Forum.
- Then select whether you wish to receive e-mail notifications of new threads (a) instantly, (b) as a daily digest, or © as a weekly digest, sent out on Fridays. Click the Add subscription button, and you're done. You'll now receive an e-mail whenever a new thread is begun in that forum.
- Repeat for any forums for which you wish to receive notification of new threads.
E-mail notification of new posts
in specific threads is managed by subscribing to specific threads
. You can subscribe to threads manually in the following way:
- Navigate your way to the thread to which you wish to subscribe.
- Within that thread, click on the Thread Tools drop-down menu at the top of the list of posts/messages. From that menu, click on Subscribe to This Thread
- Select whether you wish to receive e-mail notification of new posts to the thread (a) instantly, (b) in a daily digest, or © in a weekly digest. Then click Add subscription.
That's all there is to it. You will not receive an e-mail notification when a new post is made to that thread.D.
You can also set your default thread subscription preferences
for threads in which you post messages (i.e. threads to which you contribute). This means, in other words, that you can instruct the system automatically to subscribe you to every thread to which you post a message, so you'll be notified by e-mail when another member replies.
To configure automatic/default thread subscription preferences, follow these simple steps:
- Once you've logged into the Discussion Community, click the UserCP link at the left-hand side of the blue toolbar towards the top of all Community pages.
- From the User Control Panel, select Edit Options from the menu bar at the left.
- Within the Edit Options screen, scroll down until you find Default Thread Subscription Mode. From the drop-down list, select how you would like to receive default subscription e-mail notifications: (a) not at all, (b) instantly, © as a daily digest, or (d) as a weekly digest.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button.
That's all there is to it; from this moment onward you will automatically receive e-mail notification of replies in threads to which you contribute by posting yourself.
Some final thoughts:
The new system encourages members to visit the on-line forum of the Monachos.net Discussion Community frequently, using the New Posts
search as a primary way of finding new messages and discussions in the Community. Using this method (method 'A', above) is the surest way never to miss new conversations, etc. E-mail notification is intended primarily as an extra tool to draw your attention to replies to your own posts (especially when configured as a default settings, as per option 'D' above); but it is intended that you'll still log into the web interface regularly to check for new threads and messages via the 'New Posts' link.
Yes, this is a different 'approach' to interacting with the Discussion Community than was espoused on our old system, and (especially for Orthodox people!), change is always difficult and requires some time for accustomisation; but we're certain this is for the best. Indeed, the need to 're-adjust' is a positive sign: it is occasioned by the growth of the Community over the past years, into a forum that has well exceeded the limitations of our old system software. This new system is more in accordance with the design of large fora, and is meant specifically to be an on-line discussion community
, not an 'e-mail list' (such as a YahooGroup or listserv list), which work entirely by e-mail by lack the kind of organisation and structure of an authentic forum.
Once we grow used to the new system, all for the better it shall surely be!
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