Forum notifications as messages

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Moodle 2.0


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The problems

Forum notifications appear on /message/index.php which is annoying and confusing. There two closely related problems:

  • Each forum post notification consumes a lot of screen real estate. See the below screenshot for an example.
  • Forum notifications appear to be coming from the author of the forum post and so are displayed among personal messages. For example if two users, Mary and John, are having a conversation via personal messages and Mary posts in a forum, John's notification of that post will appear among their personal messages as if it were a personal message from Mary.

Forumnotificationsinmessaging.gif

Possible solutions

  • Reduce the real estate consumed by forum notifications and visually differentiate them from personal messages.
  • Differentiate messages and notifications.
  • Try to avoid putting forum notifications through the messaging system.
  • Are there any other alternatives?