Here at ITKnowledgeExchange, we know you want to keep up to date on active discussions on the site, so you can get answers to your questions and respond to others. We’ve offered a number of ways to do this, including the ‘Watchlist’ functionality and tag alert emails that offer a digest of all activity on a given topic.
Today, I’m excited to announce an improvement to those notifications which will make it simple to keep tabs on any item, whether it’s a question, discussion or blog post (the previous Watchlist only covered questions). To break it down:
If you create a piece of content — i.e. if you ask a question, start a discussion or publish a blog post — you will be automatically signed up to receive notifications of new comments or replies for that content. This is the same way it’s always worked.
If you respond to a piece of content — i.e. add an answer or comment to a question, reply to a discussion, or comment on a blog post — you will have the opportunity to subscribe to notifications for that item via a checkbox (see below).
Once you’re signed up, you’ll receive notifications about that item from the site in your inbox. Should you decide you no longer want to receive these notifications, you’ll be able to unsubscribe directly from the email without affecting any of your other content item subscriptions. We’re working on a solution that will help you manage all your subscriptions in one place, and also an option for subscribing to notifications on items you haven’t yet commented on. (Tag alerts will remain in place for now.)
This new functionality replaces the old Watchlist, so starting today, those binocular icons on questions will be going away, along with the Watchlist link in the header. Instead, look for the checkbox on each content item you visit/comment on. If you had items on your Watchlist previously, you can re-subscribe to them by adding a new comment (we’ll make sure you get notifications on questions and blog posts that you created recently).
I think this new solution helps everyone to keep up on new activity across all the different content items on the site. Let us know what questions you have: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.