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Windows 7: E-Mail Notification wording: What possible benefit can this serve?

22 Jan 2012   #1
Emerogork

Windows 7 32
 
 
E-Mail Notification wording: What possible benefit can this serve?

As noted from an e-mail notification "There may also be other replies, but you will not receive any more notifications until you visit the forum again."

What benefit can this possibly serve? If I see the answer to my question in the message, do I still have to check in to see if there are other responses? What if I forget to respond? Does that mean the the discussion has been effectively declared as closed?

If no reason is given, then one can only conclude this as this simply some inducement to increase hits on the web site for commercial benefit.
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22 Jan 2012   #2
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

The way it works (I think) is, you get an e-mail notification on the first post to the thread after yours. After that you don't get any more e-mail notifications for that thread unless you visit that thread again. It's just to reduce the amount of e-mails sent and reduce bandwidth and save data costs. If 50 people replied would you really want 50 e-mail notifications in your in-box. It's just telling you there may be other replies besides the one quoted in the e-mail.
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22 Jan 2012   #3
Emerogork

Windows 7 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
The way it works (I think) is, you get an e-mail notification on the first post to the thread after yours. After that you don't get any more e-mail notifications for that thread unless you visit that thread again. It's just to reduce the amount of e-mails sent and reduce bandwidth and save data costs. If 50 people replied would you really want 50 e-mail notifications in your in-box. It's just telling you there may be other replies besides the one quoted in the e-mail.
Data Costs? What is this, e-mail postage and E-handling? (-: I would have thought that the process was automated. Personally, 50 e-mail responses might be cumbersome but how many posts even get 10? Why not give it to me as an option?

Since the response is usually posted in the e-mail reply and one does not know if there are other replies, would this not generate pointless log ins to see if there are other messages available? This doubles the access to the site, no?

I am told that this generates increased hits and someone gets a credit for it.
Pessimistic, maybe but I wonder...
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22 Jan 2012   #4
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Doing your way can result in a tone of e-mails being sent. One sent to each person who posted for every post in the thread. For a long thread thats a lot of e-mails. It is automated. You're ISP e-mail account may be free but the one used by this forum likely isn't and its probably hosted on the same server the web site is. E-mails may be small but it still eats up bandwidth. If you want a definitive answer PM an admin. I think most, like me, are quit happy with it the way it is.
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22 Jan 2012   #5
z3r010

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
The way it works (I think) is, you get an e-mail notification on the first post to the thread after yours. After that you don't get any more e-mail notifications for that thread unless you visit that thread again. It's just to reduce the amount of e-mails sent and reduce bandwidth and save data costs. If 50 people replied would you really want 50 e-mail notifications in your in-box. It's just telling you there may be other replies besides the one quoted in the e-mail.
The above is correct and also my reducing the amount of emails we send it also reduces our risk of getting our mails blocked as spam by the mail service providers.

We currently send around 320,0000 emails a month between our sites and as you can see it aint cheap - Packages and Pricing | Sendgrid
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22 Jan 2012   #6
Emerogork

Windows 7 32
 
 
Bandwidth?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Doing your way can result in a tone of e-mails being sent. One sent to each person who posted for every post in the thread. For a long thread thats a lot of e-mails. It is automated. You're ISP e-mail account may be free but the one used by this forum likely isn't and its probably hosted on the same server the web site is. E-mails may be small but it still eats up bandwidth. If you want a definitive answer PM an admin. I think most, like me, are quit happy with it the way it is.
Don't get me wrong about this, It is not a complaint nor a point of contention. I am just amused by it as my readers are. It has become an interesting discussion on my web site. Someone questions how the band width argument would hold if everyone who posts a message logged back in to check mail. That would certainly eat up more bandwidth than sending out many e-mail messages. Other accusations from my readers would not be fitting here (-:
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22 Jan 2012   #7
MWRed

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Just throwing an opinion in here....

I sure as heck wouldn't want an email every time there was a reply. I don't want to have to sort through 50 emails and trying to read the discussion by jumping from email to email. It's just easier to know that there's been a reply and to go read it and any others that may be there. Sifting through emails is not fun, and, in my opinion, pointless. First thing I would do once I realized there was a reply would be to delete all the other 49 emails and go read the forum.
I mainly use an ISP email address for simple stuff like that, and don't use my paid email host for it. If I did want to use my paid email for it, in no way would I want all them emails coming to it for no reason since it would cost if it reached too much storage space.
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22 Jan 2012   #8
z3r010

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Emerogork View Post
If no reason is given, then one can only conclude this as this simply some inducement to increase hits on the web site for commercial benefit.
Anyway, just what do you think we could gain from this as we don't show any adverts to members?
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22 Jan 2012   #9
Emerogork

Windows 7 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MWRed View Post
Just throwing an opinion in here....

I sure as heck wouldn't want an email every time there was a reply. I don't want to have to sort through 50 emails and trying to read the discussion by jumping from email to email. It's just easier to know that there's been a reply and to go read it and any others that may be there. Sifting through emails is not fun, and, in my opinion, pointless. First thing I would do once I realized there was a reply would be to delete all the other 49 emails and go read the forum.
I mainly use an ISP email address for simple stuff like that, and don't use my paid email host for it. If I did want to use my paid email for it, in no way would I want all them emails coming to it for no reason since it would cost if it reached too much storage space.
There are some interesting points being brought out both here and in my web site. I did not know that paying per e-mail or bulk of e-mail was still prevalent. No one from my site even knows of a discussion group that produce more than a few responses at a time so quantity of responses was never a concern. One mentioned that the IT for a university likes the idea. He links into the Moodle discussions and they get numerous but he just used Outlook filtering to place them in appropriate mail boxes. After all, since the university saves all e-mail, he sees it as making it more difficult for them to sort through thousands of messages clogging up the storage (-:

Still, I wonder why it is not an option.
Innocent enough....


P.S. nice pic.
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22 Jan 2012   #10
Emerogork

Windows 7 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Emerogork View Post
If no reason is given, then one can only conclude this as this simply some inducement to increase hits on the web site for commercial benefit.
Anyway, just what do you think we could gain from this as we don't show any adverts to members?
I got that idea from someone on my board. He is in the IT dept at a university and his bosses seem to get excited when they see a large number of hits on the web site. I think it just makes them feel warm and fuzzy thinking that the number means something. He welcomes the idea to force more hits. It can only make him look better. Not necessarily commercial, just illusion.
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