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New email notification options for you, and some of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 10/17 - 10/23 
Posted by Drew at 2010-10-26 2:15:13 PM (56 comments) | Permalink
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We're launching some new stuff today: new email notifications.

For years now, we've had an option for emailing NewsFlash links to people who want to be the first in their office to know what the hell is going on -- since we watch all the other news sites so you don't have to.

A few months back, we extended this and added an option for emailing you when any links you submit get greenlit for Fark's main page or any tabs.

Today, we're adding a few more options:

- Notifications of new Fark Parties submitted nearby
- Notifications of comments that are replies to yours, or quote you, mention you, etc
- Notifications of any new comments in threads you've posted in lately
- Notifications of any new comments in threads you're watching

We wrote up an FAQ entry about it, explaining in a lot more detail how it all works and where to find it. But briefly, to enable or disable these email notifications, go to your MyFark profile, and at the very top of your profile, entering your password and click "Edit". From there, scroll down to the "Subscriptions section", which is right below Contacts and right above Bio.

Some of the new comment notifications are available directly under the comment posting box as well, for convenience. Also, there are unsubscribe links at the bottom of every single email, so you can just click on those if you want to shut 'em off at any time without having to go back to your profile.

We plan on turning the notifications of replies to your own comments on by default, and everything else off by default.

For the new Fark Party notifications, there are a few prerequisites:

- You have to set your home location in your profile. All we need is your zip code or postal code -- nothing more specific.
- The party has to be submitted to the Fark Party database at http://www.fark.com/cgi/party.pl -- which we give a link to on the normal link submission page if you submit a party there.

TotalFarkers got a head start on this about two weeks ago, and now we're releasing it for everyone else. For a shameless plug, this, and another new mobile-related feature we're previewing for them today, is one of the perks of joining TotalFark. :-)

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2010-10-17 to Sat 2010-10-23:

www.fark.com  Drunken goat sacrifice goes horribly wrong. As if it could have gone horribly right    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Kid steals parents pot and turns it in at school after DARE lesson. Next week's lesson: How to handle life in foster care    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Numerous health problems linked to phthalates, according to the Sylvester Cat Research Institute    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Woman arrested in St. Helens shooting. Witnesses say she just blew her top    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Large bag of marijuana found floating in Massachusetts river. Cops knew immediately knew it was pot since the tide was high    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Old men more likely to favor legal prostitution. There goes your inheritance    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Dear Fark: I never thought I'd be writing one of these headlines, but Bob Guccione is dead at 79    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  States with abstinence-only sex education have higher rates of teen pregnancy, while other states see a drop. You're doing it    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Man caught groping woman on airplane. Authorities immediately removed him from the airplane and put a TSA uniform on him    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Speaking slowly and enunciating very carefully, Ugandan Health Minister blames jiggers for 20 deaths and more than 20,000 illnesses in his country in the last few months    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  NASA begins planning "100 year spaceship" program aimed at settling other worlds, sleeping with green women    img.fark.net


www.fark.com  Mediate scores his third eagle at Fry's Open, says he just tried to regulate, deviate, alleviate, try not to hate, love his mate, appreciate, the truth dilate, hallucinate, elevate, gravitate, liberate, designate his 9-iron as fate    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  A day after selling his interest in the Lakers, Magic Johnson sells 105 of his Starbucks franchises for over $100 million dollars, or about 18 venti mocha half-caff double tall soy/skim triple shot lattes    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Crazed fan tackled by security after he runs onto the field at Yankee Stadium to fight A-Rod for Cameron Diaz's heart. Silly boy, if he had only waited a few more days he could have gotten A-Rod on the golf course    img.fark.net


www.fark.com  Check out this Fark headline that I retweeted and liked on Facebook that got copied by Digg and posted to Reddit about social networking overload    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  AMD reveals their new APU chip which combines ATI graphics and AMD CPUs on one chip, and call it "Llano". If installed backwards it will undo all civilization, but otherwise pretty cool    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Bread has been around for 30,000 years. Which means that the "Best of Bread" album has been around for 29,999 years    img.fark.net


www.fark.com  "Avatar" wins Environmental Media Award. Considering how many ideas, characters, and shots were recycled from other movies, it's a fitting honor    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Bruce Willis "regrets some movies." He doesn't specifically mention Hudson Hawk or Look Who's Talking Too or Color of Night or Bonfire of the Vanities or The Last Boy Scout or North or The Jackal or... you get the point    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock, and Meryl Streep to star in new comedy tentatively titled "I Will Chew My Own Tongue Off Before I Even Remotely Consider Watching This"    img.fark.net


www.fark.com  Desperately courting the pro-Kari Byron and/or geek vote, Obama to appear on an episode of "Mythbusters". Show will determine if Archimedes using a giant magnifying glasses could forge a birth certificate    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Sarah Palin endorses John Raese in Pennsylvania Senate race, apparently not bothered by the fact that he's running in West Virginia    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Christine O'Donnell's hair length in her "I am not a witch" commercial means A) it's shopped, B) she's wearing extensions now, or C) she's a witch    img.fark.net


www.fark.com  Kings of Leon, with their tight trousers, pointy shoes, sleeveless tops and earnest lyrics are one can of Aqua Net away from turning into a Bon Jovi tribute band    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Adam Lambert plays Metallica's Enter Sandman. James Hetfield is rolling over in his grave, and he's not even dead yet  

www.fark.com  Celine Dion gives birth to twin boys. She'll probably give them names that ran in her family, names like "Mephisto" and "Beelzebub"    img.fark.net


www.fark.com  Fark-ready headline: "Seven inches is enough, RIM tells Jobs"    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  Bible.com sued by investors for lack of prophets    img.fark.net

www.fark.com  First Hooters restaurant to open in Tokyo - beer served in smaller cups, of course    img.fark.net
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2010-10-26 08:53:12 PM
NeverDrunk23: How about fix the problem with alts and trolls first and then waste time on stuff like this?

You don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Constructive criticism is that I don't need tons of e-mails, but *some* sort of notification section of "My Fark" wouldn't be bad.
2010-10-26 10:32:21 PM

I have to admit I would prefer an individualized RSS feed with the same content than an email for each.

Also, I'd love to see a notification and counter for when my redlights get redlit.
2010-10-27 09:16:41 AM
The new mobile version is great, EXCEPT ALL THE THREAD LINKS TAKE YOU TO THE NORMAL VERSION! This is useless unless you plan to enable mobile-formatted versions of the actual threads. The last thing I need on my phone is that damn right pane eating up 25% of the limited real estate I have as it is. Until the threads have the same mobile format, I'm sticking to the PDA version of the site even if the buttons and such are tiny.
2010-10-27 10:36:37 AM
JackAssHole: The new mobile version is great, EXCEPT ALL THE THREAD LINKS TAKE YOU TO THE NORMAL VERSION! This is useless unless you plan to enable mobile-formatted versions of the actual threads. The last thing I need on my phone is that damn right pane eating up 25% of the limited real estate I have as it is. Until the threads have the same mobile format, I'm sticking to the PDA version of the site even if the buttons and such are tiny.

I see that will be addressed. Carry on... (new window)
2010-10-27 12:30:12 PM
Gig103: You don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Wish that wasn't the case. The place starts to lose its interest and funny when they keep letting the trolls decide the content.

This system is a good idea for tracking discussion you had or wanting to locate to read a thread hours later you didn't post in. However, considering some people's disturbing love of attention (particually negative) and the fact that they can't go 26 minutes without making another alt, this whole idea seems to done to encourage them to spam even more. Granted, with them more encouraged, that mostly benefits you guys and traffic for the site, so I can see why you would want this idea to work.

Also, that 'Email me when I'm replied to or mentioned in any thread' feels like it will be a way for the trolls, who always everyday go so over the top so that people are inclined to mention them in threads they didn't post in, to abuse the mod's selective rules enforcement and punish people on technicalities. 'Yea, I thread jacked an entire dicussion to be about me and everyone talk about me just like I want, but then they said my name in this thread because of that and I didn't post in it! Ban them!'
2010-10-27 02:30:40 PM
I would like to hereby claim credit for giving Drew the Fark Party notification idea.

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