as far as I got it, the “never” option behind this line in client.en.yml deactivates all email notifications, also new posts and replies from subscribed categories.
The other one, “Send me an email when someone quotes me, replies to my post, mentions my @username, or invites me to a topic”, can deactivate also everything that is explicitly directed to me.
Is that correct?
If yes, the first one I think could have a more explicit text. “someone messages me” implies that the message was explicitly directed to me, like the ones from the second option, where in fact it means “do not send anything except personal messages”. Is there any chance to changing this text or using a new one (which is probably easier for the translation process)?
I see how it could be confusing, although there is a distinction:
“Send me an email when someone quotes me, replies to my post, mentions my @username, or invites me to a topic”
It says topic, while in:
“Send me an email when someone messages me”
It says message. In Discourse, message implies private message, while a topic is shared with a wider audience.
I’m not sure if this is something we could change in Discourse at the moment, as it would require updating all the translations, and I don’t think many users have had an issue. But something you could do in your community is changing that text in the customize section of your admin page. You’ll have to consider how translations will be affected, though.
You will qualify for a PhD when you work out what leads to forum notifications and/or counts from which notification choices (watching first post, tracking, watching, normal) for which events (responses, likes, mentions, edits etc) based on which notification preferences, and which email preferences lead to email notifications of which forum notifications. Professorship when you can explain it!