However there is no answer on whether or not unsubscribing from emails without login will be added (unsubbing from email topics is possible, but requires login). The new ability to set default watching categories I think is now super important to minimise the amount of friction involved in unsubscribing from emails.
My feature request has three parts:
Add a single link for unsubscribing from a watching categories in emails.
Remove the need to login to unsubscribe
Improve the SSO unsubscribe experience. At the moment clicking an unsubscribe link will result in you being set to the home page if you’re not logged in (you are not prompted to login, or given any indication that clicking the link did anything)
I understand that @codinghorror is worried about people misusing these links to unsubscribe people without their knowledge (when they forward an email or similar). However as @avron points out other sites deal with this issue by sending warning emails.
At the moment our members are automatically given a Discourse account when they first create an account on our main site. This in-turn automatically subscribes them to some Discourse categories to try and drive engagement. However this approach is backfiring a little now as I didn’t realise how difficult it is for new users to unsubscribe from emails.
Additionally we suffer from a community education problem, as most of our users don’t understand what “Watching” means, which compounds the issue.