joined:June 28, 2018
Firstly just want to say that Im not complaining, but providing feedback. It doesnt bother me alot (got far too many real problems to care tbh) but Im just putting forward my opinion.
For the emails, yes we are talking about formatting (although also about function as some people seem toreport the follow threads function doesnt work/ work as expected) which actually means it should be an easy thing to improve.
I also do not expect a Ford F-150 to be a Formula One, or a Cessna to fly as fast as a Boeing 767. Sometimes, you simply get what you get.
I think to respond to this I will refer you to jmorgans original post , wereby he was simply pointing out that not moving forward and just relying on past reputation ultimately will result in the site withering away. So for a site to have the attitude of "you get what your get" is its perogative especially when it is free, but it is pretty certain that people will leave for better options that dont take that approach. I have done this as a user myself for something that was pretty much the exact same problem - a long established site, that was outdated, relying on just reputation and then new better, free options came along and I started using those. I never go back to that old site now even though I used it for years.
Aside: how many threads ARE you following? Do you log in every day for the updates?
I am following 10 threads and I pretty much log in daily several times a day.But I find due to the format of the site I pretty much only monitor the current google updates thread and maybe one or two more, but find in general very few conversations seem to get people participating alot (compared to other forums) so you kind of stop bothering yourself after a while.
What exactly do you want notifications to do? That is a serious question. Most serious.
Be formatted in a way that makes it easy , at a glance to identify which discussion thread the notifacation is for and have a link that takes me to that latest comment.
Currently the emails come through with the FORUM title for example [Google SEO News and Discussion] and your own member name. Would be much better if it simply had the discussion thread name for example something like : "Google Updates and SERP Changes - September 2019" New Reply from USERNAME
Have the top level forum name means if you follow a few threads in that forum (very common scenario Id say) then the subject line is useless in identifying / sorting them.We also dont need to be told our own member name everytime in the subject.
In the email text itself there is alot of redundant info that makes it harder to see at a glance which thread it is. For example this is a typical one:
USERNAME replied to the following discussion:
Subject : Google Updates and SERP Changes - September 2019
Forum : Google SEO News and Discussion, Google
Unsubscribe Thread: [webmasterworld.com
Certainly do not need the first two lines containing From and [....
...] as we know from the email were it is coming from.
The USERNAME replied to part is fine and should be first/ The following lines look conjested making it harder to see at a glance which thread it is.
It would be easy to tidy it up and make it more easy on the eye. Also im not sure we need the last 10 active threads list - I never read them to be honest, but at least they are formatted in a minimum way that makes sense.The unsubscribe link should also be at the bottom as I have clicked on that a number of times instinctively when trying to go to the discussion due to its placement.
Just to add also , I wrote this reply in NOTEPAD and manually added the QUOTE formatting boxes because I wanted to be able to read the thread whilst answering.Obviously that is not good UX. This is the only forum I know of that doesnt have the function of being able to reply with full functionality formatting and remain on the thread at the same time.