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Message 106884 - Posted: 26 Jan 2022, 17:09:56 UTC
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When I post something or reply to something in any non-Boinc forum, it automatically subscribes, perhaps with an option to do so in my preferences. But Boinc (and Boinc projects) don't seem to do this. I often forget, and I also see other people asking questions, loads of people give helpful answers, then the OP never replies. They probably forgot to subscribe too. Could this please be added? Most people posting something want to be informed when someone replies.
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Message 106886 - Posted: 26 Jan 2022, 17:51:19 UTC - in response to Message 106884.  

Apart from BOINC there are quite a number of forum (thread) do not support automatic subscription, indeed in my experience the norm is that one has to elect to be subscribed to a particular thread.
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Message 106888 - Posted: 26 Jan 2022, 18:58:44 UTC - in response to Message 106886.  

I'm probably in about 20-30 forums, and there's isn't one that needs me to manually subscribe. The point is, why would you write something and not want to know there's a reply?
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Message 106889 - Posted: 26 Jan 2022, 19:12:08 UTC - in response to Message 106888.  

Only one of the 100 plus forum I use regularly has auto-thread subscription.
Yet again, if you think it's a good idea, the go over to Github and propose it.
Follow the link below, click on the "New Issue" button, and fill in the boxes as best you can. It is useful when making a feature request to say "Feature request" in the title. It's so long since I joined Github that I've forgotten if you have to subscribe/join to actually be able to post a request there, but that's not uncommon (and Github is not part of BOINC, but something much more widespread).

https://github.com/BOINC/boinc/issues
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Message 106890 - Posted: 26 Jan 2022, 19:20:50 UTC - in response to Message 106889.  

Strange, every single forum I use has it. And Github has it! I just made the request, and I saw this: "You’re receiving notifications because you authored the thread."
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Message 106893 - Posted: 26 Jan 2022, 21:03:10 UTC - in response to Message 106890.  

Strictly Github is not a forum, but is a "bug" and change tracker.
Don't expect chat in the same way as seen on a forum, you may get a question or two if people don't understand what you are asking for, and maybe one or two folks saying "great idea"/"stupid idea". Also it can take months to get the first response, as the developers can appear to be tardy particularly in the weeks immediately prior to a planned release.
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Message 106894 - Posted: 26 Jan 2022, 21:30:20 UTC - in response to Message 106888.  

I'm probably in about 20-30 forums, and there's isn't one that needs me to manually subscribe. The point is, why would you write something and not want to know there's a reply?


I am in one that automatically subscribes me to any thread I comment on and it is a pain in the proverbial! Any forum that has autosubscribe should have an option to turn it off so it doesn't have to be turned off for each thread individually!
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Message 106895 - Posted: 26 Jan 2022, 21:51:09 UTC - in response to Message 106894.  
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I am in one that automatically subscribes me to any thread I comment on and it is a pain in the proverbial! Any forum that has autosubscribe should have an option to turn it off so it doesn't have to be turned off for each thread individually!
While I have no idea why you would want to hide from replies to you, surely the preferences has an option for this? All my forums have "automatically subscribe to my posts" (tick) and sometimes "and receive email notifications" (tick). I get emails for every reply in everything, there's no way I'm going to visit 50 forums to check for new messages in each. One is particularly busy and less important, so I simply set my email program to filter those into a seperate folder, which I look at when I have the time.

Boinc already has this:

How should we notify you of new private messages, friend requests, posts in subscribed threads, and other events?
On my Account page (no email)
Immediately, by email
In a single daily email

So you can silence it if you wanted. I thought all forums had this.

I remember a long time ago I made a similar suggestion on the Ebay forums (with theirs there wasn't even an option to email you even if you chose it). I was met with a barrage of abuse from about 20-30 people who all said Ebay was too large and couldn't possibly email everyone every time there was a reply. Guess what they implemented soon afterwards? The impossible.

This happens to me all the time, I've long suggested that USB sockets should be symmetrical so you don't have to work out which way round to plug them in. I got abusive replies along the lines of "too expensive" or "not physically possible, as the connections would be backwards". Oh look, USB-C is symmetrical. Should have patented it.
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