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On 11/24/2010 7:00 AM, Michael Wheatland wrote:
On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 9:08 PM, Charles Marcus
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Does Drupal Forums allow one to 'subscribe' (get email notifications) to
both Main Topics/Sections as well as individual threads?
The Drupal messaging/notification system can provide subscriptions and
mail back responses for ANY part of the site. Topics, Sections,
Threads, Areas of the site, Even every post across the site in a
specific language to go to extremes.
If you want a subscription available for something that is not
available when the Drupal site goes Beta then you can request it and
it will be added easily, but we will try to anticipate all possible
use cases.

The input and output of the system is fully configurable. You can even
get your subscriptions sent to you in Twitter, Facebook or Jabber
(Google Chat) messages if you want.

Plug and play really.

Michael Wheatland

Drupal is sounding really good! From what you're saying, it seems that whatever mode of communication they choose, somebody who asks a question can be fully interactive with the community in things such as answering follow-up questions, getting additional clarification, and so on, without having to make commitments to receive all the mail (or a digest) for a list or log in to a forum. The lack of this kind of continuity is what I feel has been a "fatal flaw" in the handling of questions from unsubscribed users -- for instance, with the often-suggested modification of the Reply To header to include the unsubscribed user. (In that case, for example, only replies made directly to the original post would be sent to the unsub; everything else requires special handling based on the knowledge that the user is not subscribed.)

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