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Quick note about Fark opening up comment notifications via email for you, and a few of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 2/6 - 2/12 
Posted by Drew at 2011-02-15 1:15:09 PM (108 comments) | Permalink

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Hey everyone.

A few weeks ago we rolled out a feature that folks had been requesting for a while: email notifications. Basically, the idea is to send you an email when someone quotes one of your comments. Folks have been asking for it for awhile now. We haven't had many folks activate it - I'm guessing at least in part because a lot of folks don't know that feature even exists.

Yes, certainly there are going to be many folks who would not like that feature turned on, I'm actually sort of one of them - I've got mine on but it's at the lowest setting. However there's no real good way to make people aware that it exists, so we're going to default it to on.

For folks who don't want this feature, I have some good news for you: in every email there's a link you can click that'll turn it off. Easy peasy. So if you don't want emails, hit that link and it'll stop immediately. Or go into your profile and turn it off, that'll work too (sorry it's hard to find, though, we're fixing that soon).

We don't want to force people into things they don't want, but on the other hand there's no good way to reach everyone else to let them know about new features. During our beta testing with TotalFarkers, we tried to notify folks via a system message but it turned out that was FAR more annoying than email would have been.

I'd recommend trying it out though, I've actually found it extremely useful. I got called into a TotalFark thread yesterday regarding some weird ads that I wouldn't have known about otherwise. It helps a lot with tracking discussions I'm involved in. So give it a shot, see what you think, and if you've got any suggestions on how to make it better, drop me a line. I'd love to hear them.

I know you guys are waiting for an update on the lawsuit; I wrote up a bit and will post as soon as the lawyers are okay with it -- possibly as early as later today.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2011-02-06 to Sat 2011-02-12:

www.fark.com  ♫ Making your way in the world today takes all the blood you've got. Taken a hit from someone's shiv? It sure would help to clot. Didn't you try to get away? ♫  

www.fark.com  Google executive couldn't be found. Then BING, he's released    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Oldest drinkable beer discovered, will be analyzed and brewed again. Initial reports say the taste has 'burnt notes', which puzzles Anheuser Busch brewers who say beer should have no flavor at all    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Maryland first grade teacher charged with choking, continuing to strike students when they couldn't spell their safe words    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  "Cambodian Anger Over Temple Not Exploding, for Now." Once the temple explodes things will calm down    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  European scientists working on RoboEarth, a network similar to the Internet for robots to share information. The resulting robot uprising will be thwarted when someone uploads a video clip of a robot humping a washing machine    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Multiple reports circulating that Hosni Mubarak will step down tonight in lieu of his original plan, which was to be assassinated and disemboweled by an angry mob    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Spice drug helps repair stroke damage. Side effects may include: Blue-within-blue eyes, space folding, universe control. Ask your Guild Representative if the spice drug is right for you    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Hitler's desk set for sale *shakily removes glasses, calls for admin to green link, leave room*    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Mubarak steps down, signs with Vikings    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Pit bull puppy swallows foot long drum stick. Surgery successful, no repercussions    img.fark.net


Sports:

www.fark.com  Cleveland Browns cut five overpaid, underperforming, over-the-hill starters. All five expected to be in Redskins uniforms just as soon as Dan Synder figures out a way to give up draft picks for them    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Racing fans shocked at seeing horses complete the circuit, yet not finish the race. Ohm my  

www.fark.com  Clay Matthews says the NFL "didn't really like" the Packers using a wrestling belt in their celebrations, adding "if we wanted to see you celebrate like white trash, we would've booked Ben Roethlisberger winning"    img.fark.net


Geek:

www.fark.com  Scientists see the far side of the Sun for the first time, spot cows standing up, giant insects, blah blah blah Ginger    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  So graphene was all "I'm the strongest material ever, and won the Nobel Prize", but then molybdenite was all, "Yeah but I'm a semiconductor, biatch"    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Study shows that whipping horses doesn't make them run any faster, remember their safe words any better    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

www.fark.com  Shia Lebeouf punched in face by angry bar patron, who apparently wanted to do America a favor    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Michael J. Fox given yet another award this time for (shakes magic 8 ball) - well, basically for that    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Ricky Gervais wants Will Arnett to take over on The Office. Oh, yeah, like the guy in the $5,000 suit is going to work at a paper company--COME ON    img.fark.net


Politics:

www.fark.com  Rep. Chris Lee (R-ipped) resigns to spend more time with his Bowflex    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Palin calls Santorum a "knuckle-dragging Neanderthal." I...don't know who to root for    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Rahm Emmanuel favors slave reparations? Dude, you're Jewish. Egypt is in disarray. Now is not the time to be asking Pharoah for money    img.fark.net


Music:

www.fark.com  Jim James of My Morning Jacket and M. Ward start a blog about creme brule. Declare themselves Monsters of Yolk    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  55 of rap's memorable opening lines. Whoa. Literature    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Nicki Minaj's CD reaches number one in the US. HOW DID WE LET THIS HAPPEN?    img.fark.net


Business:

www.fark.com  McDonald's reports 5.3% sales increase; growth comes from all regions. Presumably belly, thighs, upper arms, chins    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Ford outlines its social media strategy, which will probably fall apart and need extensive repairs after two years    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Borders will be ending their story at Chapter 11 after all    img.fark.net
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2011-02-15 01:20:09 PM
I really like the whole sending me an email or notification...

But, please, tweak it or something so it doesn't send 10 emails for the same thing (Remember the Egyptian newsflash?)
 
2011-02-15 01:21:35 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

and also, you should tell them about the CSS thing I said.
so your ads get hits anyways.
 
2011-02-15 01:24:18 PM
Good lord,

TFD circle jerks will bring the entire Internets to a grinding halt.
 
2011-02-15 01:24:30 PM
Drew, where's that g'damn beer you owe me?

*clicks email notification feature and dies of boredom & loneliness waiting for a response*
 
2011-02-15 01:24:51 PM
That's a lot of folks.
 
2011-02-15 01:27:55 PM
Thanks Drew. Drew: Also thank you for the "Use shorter comments URLs (w/o headlines) where possible" checkbox that was recently added. Drew, I hated that whenever I clicked on a link the headline was appended to the URL. I'm sure you can agree, Drew, that some of the words that show up in headlines might raise red flags with gateway software.

So, thanks again Drew.

/Drew
 
2011-02-15 01:28:21 PM

mitchcumstein1: That's a lot of folks.


Some folks won't use it but then again some folks'll
 
2011-02-15 01:28:33 PM

oldfarthenry: Drew, where's that g'damn beer you owe me?

*clicks email notification feature and dies of boredom & loneliness waiting for a response*


STFU you old coot.
 
2011-02-15 01:30:09 PM
I've read through my profile 5 times, and can't see where to turn this feature on. Am I blind? Dumb? Tea Party? All of the above?
 
2011-02-15 01:30:10 PM

maq0r: I really like the whole sending me an email or notification...

But, please, tweak it or something so it doesn't send 10 emails for the same thing (Remember the Egyptian newsflash?)


The Egyptian newsflash thing was unique, shouldn't happen again.
 
2011-02-15 01:30:45 PM

oldfarthenry: Drew, where's that g'damn beer you owe me?

*clicks email notification feature and dies of boredom & loneliness waiting for a response*


There. Feel better?
 
2011-02-15 01:31:07 PM
OK where the fark is it it to turn it off in the profile? I see that you said its hard to find, tried to find it, and cannot. Would someone please point me in the right direction, this feature sounds like its not something i'm interested in.
 
2011-02-15 01:33:32 PM
My opinion on the profile options thing is that they're a bit complex and confusing; many many options under broad headings (the comments/link/headlines preferences could be split slightly further), and I don't even know what some of the options exactly mean.

I assume the "PDA site" is really the Mobile version of fark ("disable automatic redirect to PDA site") and I assume the Fark Bar is the bar that appears on the top of pages when I access headlines from the mobile view? It'd be nice if the mobile options were all in one heading too, I didn't know there were mobile options till now.

/I know that wasn't directly about the email notifications but it might make it easier to sift through the options
 
2011-02-15 01:34:13 PM
Please don't spam me every time some idiot quotes my posts.
 
2011-02-15 01:34:30 PM

The_Fuzz: I've read through my profile 5 times, and can't see where to turn this feature on. Am I blind? Dumb? Tea Party? All of the above?


Epiphany: OK where the fark is it it to turn it off in the profile? I see that you said its hard to find, tried to find it, and cannot. Would someone please point me in the right direction, this feature sounds like its not something i'm interested in.


Very top, put in your password to edit your profile, click EDIT button, wipe hands on pants
 
2011-02-15 01:34:44 PM

The_Fuzz: I've read through my profile 5 times, and can't see where to turn this feature on. Am I blind? Dumb? Tea Party? All of the above?


Canadian.
 
2011-02-15 01:35:06 PM
I like the notifications. Thank you for that.
 
2011-02-15 01:35:09 PM
Oh hey, there's a fark-offical green arrow option now?
 
2011-02-15 01:35:15 PM

Cyclometh: Please don't spam me every time some idiot quotes my posts.


it's easy, just don't be funny or make arguments anymore.
 
2011-02-15 01:35:31 PM

Cyclometh: Please don't spam me every time some idiot quotes my posts.


What do you mean, you don't like Spam?!?!
 
2011-02-15 01:35:38 PM

Cyclometh: Please don't spam me every time some idiot quotes my posts.


This.
 
2011-02-15 01:35:42 PM
There's a lawsuit?
 
2011-02-15 01:36:45 PM

Brock Stoli: Cyclometh: Please don't spam me every time some idiot quotes my posts.

What do you mean, you don't like Spam?!?!


Bloody Vikings....
 
2011-02-15 01:36:50 PM

Cyclometh: Please don't spam me every time some idiot quotes my posts.


This

/CC: Cyclometh
 
2011-02-15 01:37:28 PM

GooberMcFly: The_Fuzz: I've read through my profile 5 times, and can't see where to turn this feature on. Am I blind? Dumb? Tea Party? All of the above?

Epiphany: OK where the fark is it it to turn it off in the profile? I see that you said its hard to find, tried to find it, and cannot. Would someone please point me in the right direction, this feature sounds like its not something i'm interested in.

Very top, put in your password to edit your profile, click EDIT button, wipe hands on pants


OH. It's there. How was I supposed to know THAT? I assumed it was in the comments options section on your own profile (you know, with all the other options)...that's a lot harder to find than I realized.
 
2011-02-15 01:37:30 PM

Isildur: There's a lawsuit?


Drew's liver is emancipating itself on grounds of abuse.
 
2011-02-15 01:37:40 PM
Your 639 posts in last 15 days:

Holy crap I have to get more work done.
 
2011-02-15 01:38:23 PM
Much prefer to be able to see comments to non-green'd threads us liters submit (ie, subby gets to at least read 'em if not post more in reply)
 
2011-02-15 01:39:06 PM
I rather enjoy the notification system, and - since I have an UltraFark account - I just have it send there, which is an email I ONLY check for Fark related things, and there we go.

I especially like the feature that lets it email you if someone mentions your screen name. I've been called into a couple threads along the way by that, which I would have missed otherwise!

Defaulting it to on is probably good, but the question is, will that mess with those of us that have -already- configured it?
 
2011-02-15 01:39:44 PM

maq0r: I really like the whole sending me an email or notification...

But, please, tweak it or something so it doesn't send 10 emails for the same thing (Remember the Egyptian newsflash?)


It least it doesn't notify you of every Sarah Palin headline in the Politics tab.
 
2011-02-15 01:39:46 PM
I use the Email me when I'm replied to or mentioned in any thread feature, so I can reply to something if need be or see reaction to mah funneh...

I hope you're not going to also make the Email me when there are new comments in this thread as default? That would be nuts if someone wasn't aware it was checked, only to one thread fill up an inbox.

Honestly, I don't why anyone would that?
 
2011-02-15 01:41:11 PM
I like the default setting on... now if only someone would quote me or mention me so I would actually get email... I'm so lonely, so so lonely...
 
2011-02-15 01:41:23 PM
..er, "would want that"
 
2011-02-15 01:41:52 PM
set it to check every X minutes (configurable by or so and just deliver the comments all as one email, would be full of win.
 
2011-02-15 01:42:00 PM
Spam spam spam spam
Spam spam spam spam
Lovely spam
Wonderful spam
 
2011-02-15 01:42:51 PM
I don't want to end up with an inbox full of spam that doesn't have to do with making my penis larger and having the emissions of a horse.
You have to be pretty vain and/or lazy to be notified if someone quoted you.
 
2011-02-15 01:42:57 PM

Farkin'round: maq0r: I really like the whole sending me an email or notification...

But, please, tweak it or something so it doesn't send 10 emails for the same thing (Remember the Egyptian newsflash?)

It least it doesn't notify you of every Sarah Palin headline in the Politics tab.


That could be a very effective DoS attack.
 
2011-02-15 01:43:03 PM

INeedAName: I like the default setting on... now if only someone would quote me or mention me so I would actually get email... I'm so lonely, so so lonely...


YOUVE GOT MAIL

just like AOL
 
2011-02-15 01:43:38 PM
I don't care for this feature. I found out it was turned on a few times when I logged in from work, and went home to find out that I had 15 emails from Fark.

If I want to see who responded to me, I go back to the thread. If I don't want to see it, or don't have time, or don't care, I don't go back. Believe it or not, my entire life does not rotate around Fark. I do leave sometimes and think about other things.
 
2011-02-15 01:43:56 PM
I accidentally checked e-mail notification. Now I'm afraid to check that e-mail address. I'm not sure how long I had it turned on for.


Isildur: There's a lawsuit?



Google "Fark Sued". I forgot about it, but I see that I had clicked a link on another website that was sued as well.

Here's the Fark Blog link:

Link (new window)


Not very informative, but there are other articles with a few more details.

It sounds like BS to me, but IANAL.
 
2011-02-15 01:44:09 PM

sxacho: mitchcumstein1: That's a lot of folks.

Some folks won't use it but then again some folks'll


Some folks love to feel pain
Some folks wake up every morning
Some folks live for no reason
Some folks die without a warning
 
2011-02-15 01:44:32 PM

Cyclometh: Please don't spam me every time some idiot quotes my posts.


Noted
 
2011-02-15 01:45:14 PM

Cyclometh: Please don't spam me every time some idiot quotes my posts.


What if a smart person quotes your post?
//not a smart person
 
2011-02-15 01:47:27 PM

SQLInjector: Cyclometh: Please don't spam me every time some idiot quotes my posts.

What if a smart person quotes your post?
//not a smart person


Am I an idiot?
 
2011-02-15 01:47:34 PM
How about email notifications whenever a Farkette views my profile?
 
2011-02-15 01:48:14 PM

AcneVulgaris: sxacho: mitchcumstein1: That's a lot of folks.

Some folks won't use it but then again some folks'll

Some folks love to feel pain
Some folks wake up every morning
Some folks live for no reason
Some folks die without a warning


Some folks boast
Of quail on toast
Because they think it's toni
But my tomcat
Gets nice and fat
On hunks of abalone


YOUVE GOT MAIL
 
2011-02-15 01:48:50 PM
Thankfully, it seems that it's already off on mine. Either the "default to on" change hasn't been made yet or for some reason my profile didn't get the message.

Fark's already got enough tools to enable abusive assholes to be abusive. Anyone else wonder if it still emails you if someone on your ignore list quotes you? THAT would be fun.
 
2011-02-15 01:49:10 PM
Hey Drew. I would pay for TF if it showed how many people had me favorited and on ignore. You don't have to tell me who, just the number would be entertaining.
 
2011-02-15 01:50:29 PM

mikaloyd: INeedAName: I like the default setting on... now if only someone would quote me or mention me so I would actually get email... I'm so lonely, so so lonely...

YOUVE GOT MAIL

just like AOL


Just realized I signed up for FARK 7 years ago and I have no clue what the password was for that email address. Oh well.
 
2011-02-15 01:50:31 PM
These e-mails...will they also contain discount coupons to Link?
 
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