One of the big feature requests we have received during the past year is notifications on the site. Starting today, that feature is enabled for everyone and this will make it easier to follow threads in the forums, news posts on the front page and track replies to comments you have made.
This platform has been in the works for several months and is the result of listening to your feedback about how you want this feature to function; I want to give special recognition to Tim and Drew who built this feature for the site.
On the top right of the front page, you will see a bell icon, this is the notification area where all of your alerts can be viewed. Further, there is a management console that allows you to easily turn off individual notification triggers from a single page.
In the notification window, you can mark all notifications as ‘read’ or click on them for a deep link into the respective event that triggered the notification. You can also find a link to the settings page that is the management console for all the notifications on the site.
We have also enabled email notifications when you turn on an alert by following a post or thread; you can have email alerts show up immediately or never; we will likely introduce a once-weekly option at a later date.
Finally, we have made some general improvements to the comment platform that makes commenting and replying a little bit more refined. Couple these improvements with the notifications and it makes it much easier to stay informed of the interactions on the posts and comments that you create on Thurrott.com
This is the first iteration of the notification system on the site and we fully expect it to evolve over the years as we add more functionality to the site. For now, give it a spin and let us know what you think and if you find any bugs, make sure to post them here.