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New feature: Watches (a.k.a as Notifications) and Bookmarks

 
Ulf Dittmer
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One of the most-requested features for the Saloon has been a better email notification system, particularly the ability to have those for all topics -not just the ones you have started yourself- and the ability to turn them on some time after the initial post.

As of today, the Saloon has Topic Watches. At the bottom of each post you'll see a button called "Watch topic", next to the Reply and Post buttons. Clicking it will cause that topic to be watched for you, meaning you'll get an email to the address you entered into your Saloon profile whenever someone posts in that topic. The email contains a link to the topic, and instructions on how to turn the notification off. So if you ever get tired of receiving them, there's an easy way out. (That's different from the email notifications the UBB software provides - once turned on for a topic, that could not be turned off.)
You will then be shown your personal Topic Watch page. It lists all topics you are watching, has links to them, lets you turn email notification on or off, and delete them. The page is also accessible directly through the "My Watches" link at the top any Saloon page. If you turn off email notification for a topic, the watch becomes more like a bookmark.

Note that you won't get a notification for your own posts.

The number of watches is initially limited to 20, but we hope to remove that limit once we're sure that this causes no performance problems.

There's also a little icon for posting a topic to the social bookmarking site del.icio.us. If you haven't used del.icio.us so far, check it out - it's the 21st century version of browser bookmarks. Very cool. You need to be registered and logged in to del.icio.us for this to work.

Note: Before you can use any of this, you'll need to log out of the Saloon, and log back in. Some changes to the way the site handles users and logins were necessary, and this is a side effect of that.
[ August 19, 2007: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]
 
Raghavan Muthu
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Wow.. So nice of all ranchers who were behind the scene for making this live in JavaRanch.

Yes, i have seen the "My Watches" link on top of the "My Posts" page but still waited for this announcement.

Thank you for the updates Ulf.

Shall check it out and get back for any clarifications.
 
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Cool!! This was the most awaited feature.

Thanks all for their hardwork for making this happen.

 
Chetan Parekh
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See Moose aslo very happy and dancing !!

 
Raghavan Muthu
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Wow.. thats a cool and appropriate image Chetan Parekh
 
Vikrant Pandit
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Thats a great feature to have !!

Thank you Ulf and everybody else behind this work .

You guys rock
 
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Good one Ulf.

Chetan Parekh...from where did you get that mock up moose??
 
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A bit of topic, but talking about del.icio.us, del.icio.us provides a great plugin for Firefox to manage your bookmarks easily.
 
Vikrant Pandit
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I just want to highlight one point ..
I am currently watching this topic

http://faq.javaranch.com/Watch/show?n=132869

I got three email notifications that this topic was updated . However I found that only one update was dont to this update . Not sure what happened
 
Manish Hatwalne
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When I try to click on "Watch Topic", I get this, though I am already logged in -

"You must be logged in in order to use the watch functionality."
 
Christophe Verré
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Manish,
you must first logout, and re-login to use this new feature.
 
Manish Hatwalne
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Originally posted by Christophe Verre:
Manish,
you must first logout, and re-login to use this new feature.

Thanks! It worked fine!

And thanks a billion for adding this feature!

- Manish
 
Ulf Dittmer
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Originally posted by Vivek Pandey:
I am currently watching this topic

...

I got three email notifications that this topic was updated . However I found that only one update was dont to this update.


My first reaction was that a post may have been edited -which counts as an update- but that's not the case in that topic. So I'd say someone posted and then the post was deleted (which would be two updates leaving behind no trace of any change).
 
Rahul Bhattacharjee
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It rocks.
I can make use of it to keep track of all the useful posts.
 
David O'Meara
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Yep, now we just need to start some.
 
Rahul Bhattacharjee
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Originally posted by David O'Meara:
Yep, now we just need to start some.


some ?? what is it ?
 
Akhilesh Trivedi
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Originally posted by Rahul Bhattacharjee:


some ?? what is it ?


Let us wait and watch...
 
Timothy Sam
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I love javaranch even more!!!
 
Akhilesh Trivedi
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Hey! Are the buttons completely replaced...
This link here looks in same plain old blues

http://www.coderanch.com/t/178608/java-SCJA/certification/many-certification-should-we-have

 
Jim Yingst
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Turns out that forum had a custom style which I overlooked. Fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.
 
Akhilesh Trivedi
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
Turns out that forum had a custom style which I overlooked. Fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.


Thanks Jim.
But I still dont see watch topic image.

(URL is http://www.javaranch.com

need to append "watch.topic.3x.gif" :roll:
[ August 31, 2007: Message edited by: Akhilesh Trivedi ]
 
Jim Yingst
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Hm, well, something's still broken there. Will have to look into it later. Thanks.
 
Jim Yingst
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Fixed, with help from EFH.
 
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