Do we need both "Follow" a question, and "Send me emails" about a question?

asked 2013-02-26 06:40:48 -0600

ryanlerch gravatar image

updated 2013-02-26 06:41:56 -0600

Askbot, for some reason allows you to check a box on a question to get email updates about that question.

It also allows you to Follow a question, that also sends you email updates.

Is there any reason why we should have both these options? IMHO, we should just keep the Follow behaviour.

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I found this on the askbot forum: (What does follow question do?)[] but I do think having

  1. Follow question: bookmarks
  2. Email updates: mails all updates
  3. Email me when there are any new answers (mails only for new answers? at the bottom)

is slightly confusing. They do have subtle differences between them though.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-02-26 07:20:05 -0600 )edit

Do we think that people need that fine-grained control? I'd just rather that i get emails on everything i follow. Simple and easy

ryanlerch gravatar imageryanlerch ( 2013-02-26 09:15:26 -0600 )edit

post to and request a option to disable them individually

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2013-02-26 09:18:29 -0600 )edit

Although some people may prefer bookmarks/links over the entire text being emailed, the choices are confusing. If the options can't be redesigned to be more clear, then only keeping the "email the text" option is a good alternative.

ThomasMcA gravatar imageThomasMcA ( 2013-02-26 10:22:14 -0600 )edit

Actually, "follow" does not trigger any email. Do you want to auto-subscribe users to all questions they follow and auto-unsubscribe when they unfollow?

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2013-03-10 10:30:32 -0600 )edit