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#1 Posted by Rorie (2886 posts) -

We're debuting a new notifications feature on Comic Vine and Giant Bomb. What we've done is split up notifications and private messages into two separate systems. As such, you'll now have a notifications indicator and a PM inbox in the upper right corner of your screen. Notifications will still let you know when another user follows you, comments on your content, posts on your wall, and so forth, whereas the PM inbox is now exclusively for your private messages. This should reduce inbox clutter for the most active members of our community.

In addition, we've simplified the large number of notification options that we used to feature on your Settings page into a smaller group of options to choose from. You should check your settings page to ensure that these options are up to date. (To do so, hover over your avatar in the upper right corner of the screen and select the Settings button.) We'll also soon be adding the option to get email notifications as a weekly digest if you prefer not to get individual emails for each notification.

Notifications are marked as read when you view them, but you can always view older notifications by visiting the Notifications tab of your profile.

Let us know what you think, and feel free to post any feedback on these new features in this thread.

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#2 Posted by Animasta (14691 posts) -

oh my gosh this is the best feature I didn't even know I wanted. I turned off the one that tells you when someone responds to you because I post a lot, but now I can watch it tick up higher and higherrrrrrr

#3 Edited by mcmax3000 (281 posts) -

I definitely like the sounds of these changes. Great stuff!

#4 Posted by alwaysbebombing (1584 posts) -

Thanks!

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#5 Posted by ArbitraryWater (11718 posts) -

This is fantastic and I approve.

#6 Posted by Stimpack (858 posts) -

Apparently I walked in just in time to see this. I think it's a good change. Weekly emails is a nice touch as well =)

Now for a well-deserved nap.

#7 Posted by C2C (855 posts) -

I'm not too much of an active user, but these are still welcome changes.

#8 Posted by Brackynews (4082 posts) -

/whew

Now bring back the "old Wall" and we coo'. :)

#9 Edited by AlwaysBeClothing (1469 posts) -

I think the split is a good thing. For me, I don't really get many messages, mostly notifications. On the rare instance I get a pm now, I can easily know and find it. Good on ya GB top men.

#10 Posted by Vexxan (4620 posts) -

Sounds good to me.

#11 Posted by jiggajoe14 (684 posts) -

Kickass no more cleaning out the inbox clutter!

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#12 Posted by falserelic (5436 posts) -

Smooth, real smooth....

#13 Edited by MattyFTM (14383 posts) -

Are staff and mods still automatically followed by new users? Because if so, the new grouping of notification stuff could be an issue. It would mean we can't get notifications of wall posts or recommendations because if we allow that option we'll get hundreds of notifications of new followers from new users.

If we aren't followed by new users anymore, ignore me.

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#14 Posted by mrpibb (470 posts) -

@mattyftm: currently only specific staff members are automatically followed by new users.

#15 Posted by LtSquigs (265 posts) -

Only certain staff members are auto followed (the ones in the twitter pod)

#16 Posted by Winternet (8018 posts) -

Is this one step closer to getting back the "here are the duders, from the list of people you follow, who are online" feature? Because that was great back in the day.

#17 Posted by FLStyle (4693 posts) -

Hurray! Sounds good!

#18 Posted by Mento (2540 posts) -

Look forward to seeing if the notifications for new blogs/reviews from friends works. If so, that'll be a huge boon to the content-producing community that's been feeling isolated ever since the site came back. Hopefully some of the people who have left us since then will wander back. It's tough being one of like four guys who ever plays JRPGs around here.

I'd suggest making everything default ON for notifications (except maybe the wiki sub approved/rejected one) and default OFF for emails. I can't imagine people would be too happy with a sudden influx of email spam from the site.

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#19 Posted by mrpibb (470 posts) -

@winternet: maybe. can't promise anything yet as we're testing some prototypes.

#20 Posted by Demoskinos (14820 posts) -

So how do you clear notifications after viewing them? I have one right now from a @ reply that isn't clearing even after I viewed it.

#21 Posted by mrpibb (470 posts) -

@demoskinos: our front page is caching a bit too aggressively. we'll be fixing it in the next 1-2 days, but you could see up some lag time (up to 30 min at most) if you don't get a new notification.

#22 Posted by Rorie (2886 posts) -

@demoskinos: It's on a timer and should clear out after 30 minutes.

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#23 Posted by Jimbo (9809 posts) -

Can I still trade in my old posts?

#24 Edited by Monkeyman04 (1124 posts) -

Where was Patrick on this breaking news? He's slackin'. =P

#25 Posted by BillyTheKid (484 posts) -

I thought that this was available with the old site? Either way I am glad that it is here because my PM box was getting full of non PM related articles.

#26 Posted by eccentrix (1550 posts) -

No more PMs!

#27 Edited by ZombiePie (5662 posts) -

@ltsquigs: @mrpibb: Why am I being automatically dragged to the bottom of a forum topic, to the comment field, when I select it? It's hard to develop a comment when you technically still don't know what the topic is about.

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#28 Posted by Bollard (5527 posts) -

This is pretty awesome!

@ltsquigs: @mrpibb: Why am I being automatically dragged to the bottom of a forum topic, to the comment field, when I select it? It's hard to develop a comment when you technically still don't know what the topic is about.

Also this.

#29 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Yay!

#30 Posted by Pop (2631 posts) -

YAY! Now I'll have two indicators that show 0.

#31 Posted by LtSquigs (265 posts) -
#32 Posted by Monkeyman04 (1124 posts) -

@ltsquigs: It happens sometimes when you click on the topic link. sometimes when clicking the >> it goes to the last page but stays on the top of it.

#33 Posted by pyromagnestir (4323 posts) -

@rorie:

Would it be too much to hope for that one day notifications will let you know when a user you're following makes a blog? Pretty please? :) It's still a bit hard to find that stuff. That would be pretty sweet.

#34 Posted by LtSquigs (265 posts) -

If you click on the >> and its on the first page it will take you to the bottom of the topic, otherwise we don't do any scrolling outside of what the browser does automatically.

#35 Edited by Bollard (5527 posts) -

@monkeyman04 said:

@ltsquigs: It happens sometimes when you click on the topic link. sometimes when clicking the >> it goes to the last page but stays on the top of it.

What he said. Also oh damn now I'm getting hot email notifications. Let's go fix that...

Edit: Oh weird, all notifications were off and I only had emails on for "friends updates". Explains why I got one when you replied me Squigs. In fact that explains nothing... I don't follow you Squigs (sorry).

Also the problem with forum links is that all of them are like this:

http://www.giantbomb.com/super-smash-bros-brawl/3030-20588/forums/for-anyone-who-has-project-m-552040/#3

Which means if it is a one page topic, it auto scrolls to the bottom as if you had clicked >>

Actually, while I have you engineer people talking about skipping to the end of things, can we please please have PMs open on the last page? It's really weird to have them open on the first page just to make me scroll to the bottom and click last every time to see the new post...

#36 Edited by ZombiePie (5662 posts) -

@ltsquigs said:

If you click on the >> and its on the first page it will take you to the bottom of the topic, otherwise we don't do any scrolling outside of what the browser does automatically.

It's automatically scrolling even if you just select the forum topic title.

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#37 Posted by Bollard (5527 posts) -

@rorie:

Would it be too much to hope for that one day notifications will let you know when a user you're following makes a blog? Pretty please? :) It's still a bit hard to find that stuff. That would be pretty sweet.

Looking at our settings page now there is an option for "friends updates" which you can set notifications on for, and emails. Don't know if it works though.

#38 Edited by Monkeyman04 (1124 posts) -

@ltsquigs: I've tired it on different topics and it looks like the going to bottom of the page thing is only with topics with one page. Topics with more then one page when clicking on the topic tittle link it stays at the top of the page.

#39 Posted by LtSquigs (265 posts) -

Will look into the topic problem when possible, not sure if a recent change did that or what.

#40 Edited by LtSquigs (265 posts) -

Ok weve identified the scrolling problem. I dont know when it will be fixed.

#41 Posted by Bollard (5527 posts) -

@ltsquigs: Could you @reply me again please to see if I still get emails now I have it all turned off? And do you think PM's taking you to the last page is a possible thing for the future?

#42 Posted by LtSquigs (265 posts) -

@chavtheworld: It might be possible in the future , heres a pm dog.

#43 Posted by triple07 (1196 posts) -

Interesting, was wondering why there was a new symbol up there.

#44 Edited by Bollard (5527 posts) -

@ltsquigs: Thanks! Okay I totally get emails when you reply me, even though I have all emails turned off. Don't know if it's cause you're staff or I'm just gunna get that from everyone however.

#45 Edited by mrpibb (470 posts) -
#46 Posted by Bollard (5527 posts) -
#47 Edited by mrpibb (470 posts) -

@chavtheworld: hmmm, i didn't get an email. Did you receive one when I replied?

#48 Posted by Bollard (5527 posts) -

@mrpibb: Yep every time. I'm pretty sure it's cause you're staff, but I haven't had any normal users reply me yet. Here are my notification settings for the record:

I guess I misunderstood that top one. I haven't changed that from before the new notifications, but I assumed that was just if staff PM'd me or wanted to email me directly.

#49 Posted by Monkeyman04 (1124 posts) -
#50 Edited by Bollard (5527 posts) -

@monkeyman04: Alright, you are definitely not staff. Yeah it's busted :P Thanks for the testing help!

Just out of curiosity, did you get one too?