I am trying to work out the best settings to use for my forum, where I need different levels of notification emails for different categories.
For one category, let’s say Category A, I need users to get all new posts via email, either each time a new post is added, or in a daily update - so I enabled mailing list mode. I now realise though that mailing list mode doesn’t work per category, unless you mute all other categories. Muting all other categories wouldn’t work for my setup, as I would want users to be able to get some notifications for other categories as well.
The ideal setup for me would be separate mailing list modes for different categories, so users could get all content of Category A in the frequency they want, i.e every post or daily, and then set a different frequency for other categories if they want to (including a 3 day and a weekly frequency).
In the absence of this feature, I am thinking that I should disable mailing list mode, set Category A to ‘Watched’ for every user, and then set a frequency for the activity summary for every user which they could adjust to their preference, so that they could also stay in touch with the conversations in other categories. Am I right in thinking that the activity summary doesn’t respect the Watched, Tracked, Watching First Post and Muted settings for categories? It simply sends a summary of activity across the whole forum? Also, am I right in thinking that not all posts would be included in the activity summary, meaning that some content may be missed by users?
The disadvantage of using ‘Watched’ for Category A is that users can’t choose to get a daily update instead of an email for every post, which is an option that I would like them to have. So, I am a little stumped.
I would be glad of some help in choosing the best settings for my scenario.