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Managing email subscriptions to forum updates

Current behavior:
Members can subscribe to receive updates about forum posts by email - by going to the forum and clicking on a subscription link in that forum or topic
However, there is no way for administrator to view their subscription status or change it.
If administrator wants to subscribe them manually, the only way is to log in under member's profile (so he has to know the password) and subscribe to forums as if he is this member - very crude workaround.
Admin can only remove subscriptions from member records.

Desired behavior:
- Allow administrator to subscribe member(s) to one or more forums and edit subscription options in member record (subscribe and unsubscribe)
- Add forum subscription to the membership application page, including default subscription settings

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    Katya, Funny ApricotKatya, Funny Apricot shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →


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      • Jon HayesJon Hayes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is one of my biggest headaches. Many of our members simply do not understand the forum functions and therefore do not set up the immediate forum notification they desire. We have to contact them individually and lead them through the set up process. (We already have help emails on how to do this, but 50% of our membership are simply not savvy with forums and struggle with setting this up)

        We are a large bicycle club with many ride leaders (without Admin rights due to WA admin account # limitations) . Forums are the only way we have to send event cancellations out to members. If a member does not get a notification, they may have traveled up to 2 hours only to find out that it has been cancelled.

        Admin needs the ability to set this up for members and to set forum notifications as a default when adding a new member.

      • Barbara StofastBarbara Stofast commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am a bit confused as to the status of this. On February 4th, Admin commented that this is not being looked into, and on Feb 12 in the previous year Admin showed a link to the redesign of this functional area.

        This is very important to us. I was sad to see that it was not a part of the latest update. Have changes in this area been shelved?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The features shown in the Powerpoint are exactly what we need.

        We are going to start looking for another provider if we are not able to get a commitment to delivering this feature as this development was proposed almost 3 years ago, but not implemented. Is there a roadmap update on this available?

      • Alumni GroupAlumni Group commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our organization really needs this functionality and the design looks great! Plenty of time has passed for collecting comments. Please put this on the Roadmap for implementation.

      • BobBob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a great proposal! When will it get into the roadmap? We have a demographic of users who are not the most tech-savvy, so being able to do this by the admin is needed.


      • Mary AdamsMary Adams commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I like your proposal. This almost kept us from buying Wild Apricot last year. I had advocated for something like this in the past.

        Our members are using the forums more and more. They're always calling our admins and asking how to attach a doc or image. This functionality will help drive even more participation!

        I agree that it's past time!

      • David HartDavid Hart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd be willing to chip in $100 to help move this up in the development cycle. Maybe ping the other people in the forum and see who else feel this is important enough and would do the same. This feature would be very high value to my members.

      • David HartDavid Hart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be an awesome feature for my members and high value. Please consider adding this.

      • Soheil R-ZamirSoheil R-Zamir commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have to echo Aidan Sheridan's sentiment. Well said! It is high time, after two years of discussion, for the features to be implemented. This design is exactly what we need. Our bicycle club is most interested in “IMMEDIATELY” option in particular. Please put it on the Roadmap to happen NOW!

      • Aidan SheridanAidan Sheridan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This has been on your roadmap for years and you keep pushing it back despite the fact a significant number of people have been asking for it. Your google doc presentation that you linked to above is from 2014, yet you still don't have this implemented. Since that time you have increased user fees. Enough is enough. Get this feature added.

      • Barbara StofastBarbara Stofast commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Problem 1: Forum subscriptions are currently on a 'pull' bases. Each member has to visit a subscription and then subscribe.
        Problem 2: Where the nature of the forum dictates that updates should be immediate, admin must hope that users make the right choice
        FORUM OPTIONS: When a forum is created, add two options: 1. Subscribe members by default -- add the usual options limiting this to all members, or member groups ... 2. Member update options: immediate, daily, weekly. (only allow members to choose from those selected, where one is selected, the user has no options, the selected setting is the default)

        Members can still unsubscribe.

      • JAT2JAT2 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When members register they are automatically subscribed to the Forum program so they can receive notifications of any new post. If they decide that they do not want to receive the notifications then they can unsubscribe.

      • Jean HowellJean Howell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would simply would like to be able to see a list of who / how many have subscribed to the Forum.

      • Walt BilofskyWalt Bilofsky commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In addition to default subscriptions, the admin should also be able to specify default notification frequency. As is, everything defaults to daily which is not always the best choice.

        The Forum gadget should have settings for the default notification frequency (immediate, daily, weekly) for subscriptions to (a) the forum and (b) individual posts.

        The Member profile will need four : immediate, daily, weekly and default. It would initially always be "default", so that changing the forum default would change any subscribed member unless they had selected something else.

        I mentioned this in the Wishlist thread https://forums.wildapricot.com/forums/308932-wishlist/suggestions/8825587-listserv-i-e-ability-to-submit-forum-posts-by-ema . But these two are related and the design for one should accommodate the other.

      • Connor FinniganConnor Finnigan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Looking forward to this!! Those slides looks amazing and got me really excited. This will be a game changer for our organization and all Wild Apricot customers.

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