We started use watched words (link) to link words to our blog category. It seems it always send notification to the blog author when someone post watched words. It’s most of the time not relevant and not necessary to notify the author because it contains words like an instant knowledge base if some users not known that phrase then they can jump to the relevant blog post section.
Now we disable the email setting for the author to prevent sending these unnecessary emails
Email me when I am quoted, replied to, my @username is mentioned, or when there is new activity in my watched categories, tags or topics
I think that would be a useful feature if the watched words (link) notifications could be disable.
Overall I think this is a fantastic recommendation as having more control over your notifications is a must.
I do think that toggling (off) notifications for a watched word is somewhat counter intuitive to the purpose of watched words, as why would you choose to “watch” a link (with the intent to be aware of new instances) and then choose to ignore the notifications for said link… What do you think @Don?
How do you choose to watch a link? By default you get a notification when your post is linked in another post.
If this post is linked because of a watched word, like safe mode
, the post owner gets a notification every time the watched word is used.
But I think the problem is not only because of watched words, it’s a problem for all posts that are frequently linked.
This feature request is similar to It should be possible to opt out of link notifications and Disable notifications for links to post.
I think it most of time important for users who see the linked word and they unfamiliar with that. These sharing and linking often happen unintentionally on the part of the users, because the system highlights (link) those words after the post is published. So the user does not necessarily intend to notify the author. They actually just posting a thing that may help. In my opinion, one of the main potentials of watched words is that it is not actually necessary to mention the author always or link the post in which it is written down in detail.
One more important thing is that these words are usually popular terms that it is good for everyone to be aware of. So even newly joined members can easily find them and thus understand the conversations more easily and can join to the conversation. So the goal with these are rather to set the members on the right path and if they have more questions in this regard, they will receive them on the linked post. Which makes these notifications unnecessary for the post author.
The workaround changing post ownership to
system is not an option in our case because this is mostly the blog authors work so it’s important for us to keep these posts, topics to the author.