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Any Answers feed

Any Answers feed

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We're considering the idea of offering members the option to receive a daily update straight to their inbox of the latest Any Answers questions. This would be an opt-in service, so you'd only receive it if you asked for it.

The idea is that it would save you having to sift through the entire Any Answers forum to get to posts that you are interested in. We'd really appreciate your feedback on this. Please can you tell us:

  • Whether this is of interest to you
  • If so, how would you like to see it delivered (i.e. would you like a daily update? If so, what time of day would be best?)
  • How many posts would you like to see in each update? (Would you like a top five or a top ten?)

We're really keen to hear your thoughts on this.

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By Euan MacLennan
11th Feb 2010 13:27

Eh?

If "the idea is that it would save you having to sift through the entire Any Answers forum to get to posts that you are interested in", you presumably intend to filter the questions to include in your daily update.  If this is by the existing broad categories of Tax, Excel, Financial Reporting, etc., what is the advantage of an e-mail "straight to their inbox" (where else would it go?) over looking at the Any Answers page at whatever time you wish to see what's new?

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By carnmores
11th Feb 2010 13:57

yes please

saves me having to rememeber not to forget as it were

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By cymraeg_draig
11th Feb 2010 14:37

Hu?
yes please

saves me having to rememeber not to forget as it were

 

Posted by carnmores on Thu, 11/02/2010 - 13:57

 

Senile dementure ?

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By Anonymous
11th Feb 2010 16:27

can you take the inane answers from welsh dragon and his alter e

the answers are quicker to look through without his input eexcept for the occasional sensible one.

 

To answer your question, what would be an improvement would be an ability to go direct from looking up new replies from the e=mail alert to other posts on Aweb 

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Should Be Working ... not playing with the car
By should_be_working
11th Feb 2010 16:30

Not bothered

I use the RSS feed and glance over it every couple of hours.

Sad, I know.

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By Becky Midgley
11th Feb 2010 16:42

Not sad...

Loyal!  We call it loyalty, so thanks.

To all - appreciating the feedback and ideas, keep them coming.

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By nogammonsinanundoubledgame
11th Feb 2010 16:50

Personally I would prefer ...

... a rather more user-friendly way of flagging threads that are of interest to me, and then accessing them fast, whenever I visit the website, without the involvement of email.  If you have on your servers a listing of threads that interest me, which you would have to have in order to send an email to me, then you would have the information available in order for me to filter content by interest, when I visit the site for any reason, provided of course that I log in.

Not that my preference need be pursued to the exclusion of other enhancements.  Some may prefer the email approach and I would not wish to deny them that.

With kind regards

Clint Westwood

 

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Stepurhan
By stepurhan
11th Feb 2010 17:45

Functions for the site itself

Whilst a summary e-mail could have its uses there are a few things on the site itself I think it would be helpful to address first.

Some means of highlighting comments I haven't read yet. If a thread is short then it isn't much of a problem but if I'm following more than one query that goes over more than a handful of posts then it can be tricky to spot where to pick up easily. Another forum I frequent (using vBulletin software) has a link marked "View First Unread" at the top of each thread which will take me immediately to the first new comment. The alternative is to subscribe of course but that seems excessive.

Also, having just reviewed my subscriptions, it would appear hourly alerts are the default (for groups and subscribed threads) This explains why I get multiple e-mails with single lines in them. Can we default to daily at least please to save on an excess of mailings.

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By Anonymous
11th Feb 2010 18:27

No, less email, not more

The trouble is that people would miscode and then you would miss the ones you wanted or be flooded with irrelevant spam.

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By cymraeg_draig
11th Feb 2010 18:35

Anonymous stalker strikes again
can you take the inane answers from welsh dragon and his alter ego off the web please

the answers are quicker to look through without his input eexcept for the occasional sensible one.

 

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/02/2010 - 16:27

 

Perhaps removing postings from obsessive anonymous individuals who seek every opportunity to pursue their sad little vendettas might be more useful.  As for my imput - it comes from more qualifications, more success, and more experience than your comments indicate you have to offer.

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By nigelburge
12th Feb 2010 09:46

Two changes I would like to see.

1   Include the full reply when receving notifications by email of an addition to a thread you have subscribed to. This saves having to go into AWeb to read it.

2   Set up the ability to "kill", ie block from view, posts by those posters that you do not wish to read. And no, I am NOT having a go at anyone in particular.

Both these are pretty standard on other forums so why not here?

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By Becky Midgley
12th Feb 2010 09:48

Some responses to issues raised in the above feedback

First of all thanks to all for you comments (apart from another spat involving CD and two other members - comments which I have now deleted, please leave it there folks involved).  I'd like to respond to some of the points raised above, even though they are away from the original question, I didn't want them to go ignored.

Clint Westwood - you can create a 'library' of the items that interest you.  At the bottom of a post/article there is the chance to 'Add this page to my AccountingWEB.co.uk library'.  This can then be accessed via your Library within your profile.

Stepurhan - you can change the frequency of your email alerts in your profile.  Go to 'View full control panel' in your profile box on the right; then to 'Content alerts' and you will see the threads you are subscribed to listed with a dropdown menu for each where you can set the frequency of the alerts. 

With regard to the vBulletin function you mentioned, I am not sure about this and I will talk to the IT guys to see if it's possible.

Nigelburge - I too have asked for the full comment to come through in the alerts, I will check on the status of this and get back to you.  And in response to your second request, I did get an 'Ignore user' function loaded but when we tested it we realised that it would reveal the identities of the anonymous posters.  Until this issue is sorted out we cannot turn the 'Ignore user' function back on, sorry about that.  I thought it was the ideal solution to a few problems but it merely unearthed another long-standing one, the anonymous posting capability, and I wasn't prepared for such a radical and controversial change to come from an intended improvment.  I'm still working on this one...

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By nigelburge
12th Feb 2010 10:58

Thanks Becky

your attention to this is very much appreciated by us all.

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By Becky Midgley
12th Feb 2010 12:26

Blush

Thanks Nigel, I really appreciate you saying that. Makes my job that much nicer when people take the time to say 'thanks'.

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By stepurhan
12th Feb 2010 13:44

Thanks Becky

Thanks for pointing out the ability to change the frequency of alerts. I didn't know about it until yesterday (just before I posted. Almost looked silly complaining it didn't exist) so I'm guessing I'm not the only one who wasn't aware of it before. What I was aiming at with my post is that all my subscriptions appeared to default to the hourly setting. Presumably this would be the same for any new subscriptions I added. I'd prefer alerts daily at most. Is there a setting I can change for that to be the default for all future subscriptions?

I mentioned vBulletin because it seems to be quite common for online forums and I presume the feature I mentioned is a built in function of the vBulleting coding. If you'd like me to point you or your tech guys to some forums using it by way of example then let me know.

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By Anonymous
12th Feb 2010 14:11

Anonymous

It used to be possible to use a psuedonym rather than have 90% of posters appear as "anonymous". This meant the you could follow a thread as if it were a conversation - even if you did not know the posters "real" name.

It was very useful. Can we have that back?

Why do posters want to be anonymous? Because lots of the posts are about real clients and we want confidentialilty and because lots of the posts are questions we really should know the answers to and we don't want others to see how ignorant we are. And because lots of us are doing this when we should be working and we don't want the boss to see.

But to answer the question - I cannot see any advantage in looking through an email that grabs my attention and needs to be dealt with rather than a browse through the list to see what catches my eye whilst I am eating my lunch (a bit late today). I am more likely to delete the email as something that I do not HAVE to deal with.

It is not as if AWeb is a critcal tool in my working life - it is not. What it is is a very good forum to ask simple questions (and sometimes they are very simple), perhaps to fly a few kites, and to pick up on things that are interesting and relevant but that I might have missed elsewhere.

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