[geeklog-devel] Suggestions from a macosxhints reader...

Blaine Lang langmail at sympatico.ca
Tue Mar 4 13:39:12 EST 2003

I've also been thinking of this feature after implementing in for the Forum.

I see a need for these features or options in a GL solution

User Preferences extended to allow user to define their option
  1) All new articles and comments
  2) Only new articles
  3) Automatically on articles that I have authored or commented on

Option to subscribe to a topic or story for notifications

Need to be able to view the notifications that I have set and remove any if

This will require new table(s) to track user notification requests

This could be extended to track what articles a user has seen and be able to
personalize the what's new

When there is a new story or comment, the notification table would have to
be scanned to determine who has subscribed and then loop thru the and
compose the emails. I can see this being an issue on larger sites. So a
batch job may be needed to post the new change into a table and have a job
wake up an process the notification alert code and update required tables.

It now sounds like a bigger job but this would certainly be a nice feature
to have.
If GL had this feature and a Plugin API  - I would have been able to hook
into it for the forum and I can see other plugins leveraging this feature.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Rob Griffiths" <robg at macosxhints.com>
To: <geeklog-devel at lists.geeklog.net>
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 12:27 PM
Subject: RE: [geeklog-devel] Suggestions from a macosxhints reader...

> Heh, missed that in the email thing; I hadn't looked at the function in
> a couple of years -- sorry about that. But regarding the other (email as
> they come in), you wrote:
> > Daily Digest? You could set up the cronjob to run once per
> > hour or something. Or use my Manual Digest plugin and send it
> > manually after you're through with editing the stories.
> I'll take a look at that plug-in, but I think what he's asking for is
> more like an 'alert' system where, when a new article is posted, a new
> batch of emails are sent out.
> Seems to me he just needs to get one of those offline news surfer
> applications and let it do all this work for him ;-).
> -rob.
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