Talk:Forum notifications as messages

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Bad plan :(

I'm trying to find something constructive to say. The UI for messaging was always pretty bad (and still is). I thought this was generally accepted. However, forum posts have now been added to this for what (dare I see it) seems like development convenience. I don't see the synergy between the two processes. Messaging is about two users talking to each other, forum posts are about sending notifications. They are a completely different thing. Please revert this feature - it will end in tears! --Howard Miller 13:55, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

Default behaviour and forum notification message logic

Hi Andrew, as mentioned in our dev chat, I think the default behaviour should be as for 1.9 i.e. forum subscription = email copies and no forum notification messages at all, messaging = personal messages only.

Regarding how things are happening now on, there are two things I don't understand:

  1. Notifications of forum posts made by me appear as messages between another user (as described in MDLSITE-1058). Why, and how is the other user determined?
  2. A test user not enrolled in any forums receives messages which are notifications of forum posts made by other users. Why?

Thanks for any light you can shed on these things. --Helen Foster 15:45, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Differentiate messages from notifications

This definitely sounds like the right thing to do, for me. A message and a notification are totally different things; notification is telling me about something somewhere else (such as a forum post or that my quiz was marked or whatever), whereas a message is something in itself.

Ideally, the message system would be separate, but would itself use the notification system to tell you that you have a new message...! Failing that, the 'this is an actual message' flag idea on the main page sounds like the right one.

Just IMO.

To be honest I am not entirely sure that a forum email is a notification either but it's at least close.

Will this also address the headers issue (so forum can send forum id header) or was that fixed somewhere else...

sam marshall 09:13, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Forum notification formatting

Andrew, thanks for the improvements made in MDL-24563. To further improve things, how about making the link clickable and provide the name of the post, as done in the recent activity block on the course page e.g. 20 Oct, 17:24 Patrick Lyne <a href="">Re: Email messages when online</a>. --Helen Foster 19:06, 20 October 2010 (UTC)