I’m making this proposal in response to the following topics:
I think the vast majority of the problems & shortcomings discussed in the topics above would be solved by slightly more granular options for the “mailing list mode”. Now that we have the option to [disable mailing list mode] altogether, I think it’s okay to give it a space of its own.
I wanna go from this:
(yes that’s a mockup but it accurately represents our current layout)
(also note how “Send me an email for every new post” aka Mailing List Mode is subtly tucked in between those other settings like it’s no big deal)
- The “digest” has been renamed to a “activity summary” and moved to its own section.
- “Send me an email for every post” has been moved into the “Mailing list mode” drop down
- Mailing list mode is now a section of its own, with 3 modes, varying in degrees of delivery frequency.
- Enabling mailing list mode will override Activity Summary to avoid excessive email sendouts.
3 modes for mailing list modes:
Daily updates (NEW)
Every 24h, send the user a complete list of all new posts created in that time period. Time of sendout should be some sane default, like 6am (like the daily newspaper), based on the user’s selected timezone.
Combined updates (NEW)
Send chunked summaries of 25. Good for extremely busy forums.
Email for every new post
Same as it always has been, with one addition borrowed from Google Groups: Mention the average number of posts per day - e.g. “about 13 per day” - so that the user can easily gauge how busy their inbox will be with this setting enabled.