Watching group PMs by default

A hearty :heavy_plus_sign: :one: for anyone willing to work on this. Tracking by default is not useful for any of the scenarios we can see. Watching is the way to go!

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As long as we do not have a pull request, one could maybe find the one-liner to monkey patch the source using pups.

I didn’t even realise this was a thing. It explains why a group member I talk to is so tardy with replies (because he mostly uses email to interact with discourse). Seems crazy to me not to be the default!

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Same here. I thought I was just surrounded by slackers but they didn’t even know they had a message waiting for them. :wink:

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@codinghorror what if I turn the default volume up for now and default to watching, it seems less bad than the alternative of people confused why groups don’t get emails.

I can special case moderators to tracking

Otherwise we need to add a global default and group default, not against it, but its more work.

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Sure there seems to be consensus here.

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I am happy about this development but concerned because the group messaging UI is otherwise still a work in progress. It just doesn’t seem ready to me for use by ordinary civilians.

We have many groups we use for mentioning already and prefer not to encourage people to use for messaging.

My main issues, documented elsewhere, (will add links to relevant meta topics when I get to a computerupdate: added links when I got to a computer…) are…

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I see that there is room to push things even further, but I do not see why the proposed change in this topic should be postponed. Nobody has to send messages to groups.

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I agree. No need to wait but don’t forget this feature on email notification footer so users know it’s a group PM

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I can add my support for improving this, after I had to deal with some confused users. I also note that in my case (rather small group) I would have been happy to change tracking state manually, but that doesn’t seem to work, as per:

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Unless I missed it, I don’t believe this happened. The concern about missing emails just came up again:

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Yeah, this is on my list and assigned to me… I will get to it.

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Per:

https://github.com/discourse/discourse/commit/7a9eee1b71cf298210ee9a258e9f17ae1a8a9af7

All groups except the “moderators” group have default tracking state of watched, in admin groups you can customize this to whatever.

Note, the default applies when people are added to the group, to apply retroactively simplest thing to do is add/remove user from group, or visit user profile page and change it there.

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Wohoo, thank you so much :tada:

Note that this will not work right now:

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Note that I fixed that :slight_smile:

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Oops, should have looked more closely. Well, it was still useful because the #bug needed to be closed :wink:

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Finally! :slight_smile: I have 27 groups that are automatically defined based on email address. What’s the simplest way to change the settings. Go to each group and remove all the users? (They’ll be presumably re-added shortly with the new settings, right?)

If it is a one-time thing, use the shell:

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Awesome. Thank you @rriemann. I’ll point out that relevant level on the second to last line is :watching.