Currently, under email settings, there is an option:
Send me an email when someone quotes me, replies to my post, mentions my @username, or invites me to a topic
I, for one, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, would prefer not to get emails every time I’m mentioned, but I like the idea if I’m away using the following option:
Only when away: We’ll only email you if we haven’t seen you in the last 10 minutes.
But for me, 10 minutes is hardly “away” for power users. We’ll definitely be back later in the day and see that we were mentioned.
I feel like there should be a setting where admins can determine what “away” actually means here. Or let the users have a few more options.
Etc, or just let users (or at least admins) enter arbitrary numbers.
There are plenty of members who would come back if they were mentioned, but they might have already turned off this feature if they are getting emails all throughout the day while taking breaks from posting.
And users don’t always think to go change their options and might opt for that dreaded “mark as spam” option if they are getting too many emails, something that I think could be avoided if there was at least a way to set “away” to mean more than 24 hours of being away.
Maybe my members utilize tagging more than others, but I have to imagine my forums are not unique in this area.
Just my $.02.