Absolutely necessary for our organization. Without notifications that there is action in the forums, there's literally no discussion. None of our users are familiar enough with the system to opt themselves in on each topic. As an administrator, I would want to default all users into subscribing, and those that wish to unsubscribe can do so.
We also reject people based on a certain criteria. Mostly because they are vendors who are trying to sneak into our org and sell our members. They should get an automated email telling them that they don't meet the criteria and will not be admitted to events. If they don't get this email, they will certainly just show up.
So, I've been forced to keep a separate spreadsheet with their names and emails to do a mail merge to any new rejections prior to each of our events. It's time consuming and easy to screw up. This should be standard functionality.
The fact that the time can't be specified for an event announcement makes this feature virtually unusable for us.
We will be hosting 100+ lunch events this year. We do not want any of the announcements to go out during lunch. Nor do we want the final reminder on the day of the event to go out literally the minute the event is starting. It needs to go out at 8am or 9am the morning of the event--otherwise it's not exactly a reminder announcement, it's more of a "Too bad you've already missed the event" announcement.
So far, I've been manually creating the series of reminders offline, which is sort of a nightmare.
I know that timing might not be exact due to server loads and stuff, but every other system I've used to email people--HubSpot, Salesforce, Mailchimp, Mailjet, etc.--can schedule down to the minute. Server loads should only delay the sending by a few minutes here and there.
This is one of my top requests of the system. Thanks!