locked Re: Delivery Options

Judy F.

Shal, I agree with your recommendations, at least until someone comes along
and confuses me again. LOL

I keep going back in my mind to those members that are very senior and
barely know how to turn on a computer, let alone understand hashtags (I had
to look it up and I'm not that senior yet). I think it's great having all
of these options to try to suit a large number of the various groups, but
let's not forget those people that are not that knowledgeable and also those
that are physically or mentally challenged in one way or the other. Things
need to be easy and not confusing. We all keep talking about ease of use,
some of us have never used another group except Yahoo, me for one.

I have said this before, but will say it again, I think this new group is
great and I feel sure it will be a success. Mark has taken on quite a task
and it's amazing how he is updating things as we go.


Judy F.,
SW Florida - USA

-----Original Message-----
From: Shal Farley [mailto:shal@roadrunner.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 8:12 PM
To: beta@groups.io
Subject: Re: [beta] Delivery Options


Here are the current delivery options:

- All Email
- First Message Only
- Replies Only
- Special Notices Only
- No Email
These are a lot of options. Any suggestions for how to make things
more clear, or better organized, would be appreciated.
In another thread, dg raises a good point:

I would think that back to what I'd said before - there are delivery
options, and then there are LSoft like "topic" options - and they
should be separate.
Perhaps refactoring it a bit could make it easier to understand. See if you
think this makes any more sense of things:

Email Delivery

o Individual Messages

o Daily digest - Group messages together as one email instead of

o Special Notices Only - Only Special notices from the moderators are
emailed to you.

o No Email - You will receive no emails.

Message Selection

o All Messages - Every message is emailed to you according to your Email
Delivery selection, except threads or hashtags you've muted.

o Following Only - Every message in threads or hashtags you are following
are emailed to you, except threads you've muted. (Special notices from the
moderators are followed).

|_| First Message Also - The first message of every thread is also
emailed to you, except for hashtags you've muted.

|_| Follow Replies - You automatically follow any threads you start or
reply in.

("First Message" is intended to be indented, an option to "Following Only".
"Follow Replies" applies regardless of the Message selection.)

This refactoring loses the case of getting messages from threads you start,
but not threads you replied in (as in the current "First Message Only"
option), but I think that's probably not a loss anyone will miss.

Making the "Follow Replies" a separate option means that it is useful even
for those who prefer to read and post messages via web (using the "Followed
Threads" lists on the web site).

I think thread following or muting threads should take precedence over
hashtags. That is implied above but not explicitly stated.

Special Notices are, well, special, in that they are sent immediately
and not included in any digests.
I think they should probably be included in the digests, as well as the
archives. Belts and suspenders, I know, but it could matter depending on
filters the member may have set up in their email. Also, I think fewer
special cases are better.

-- Shal

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