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status-completed Notifications don't indicate which post is commented on For example, I got a notification that, other than specifying the community, simply read There are new comments in a fo...

posted 3y ago by Canina‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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#2: Post edited by user avatar Monica Cellio‭ · 2021-07-30T01:51:49Z (almost 3 years ago)
  • ## Notifications don't indicate which post is commented on
  • For example, I got a notification that, other than specifying the community, simply read
  • > There are new comments in a followed thread 'General Comments'
  • Well, that's nice to know. But it forces me to go there to see if this is something I even want to, let alone am able to, handle right now. It doesn't even tell me what the comment *might* be about. That's social media tactics: maximize the number of clicks and page views.
  • For general thread titles like 'Feedback' or 'General Comments', this is potentially *worse* than useless; it risks actively *reducing* the value of the notification.
  • Could the notification at least please instead show what post the comments are associated with? Maybe something like
  • > There are new comments to your answer to 'How do I attach a Jackadoody brocket to a Model 6000 thromblemeister?'
  • or how about
  • > There are new comments in a followed thread 'General Comments' on an answer to 'How do I attach a Jackadoody brocket to a Model 6000 thromblemeister?'
  • Yes, that's likely to make the notification text itself longer in many cases. But it will also give me a much better idea, at a glance, of whether this is something I want to look at now or later (or, frankly, even at all).
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  • ## Notifications don't indicate which post is commented on
  • For example, I got a notification that, other than specifying the community, simply read
  • > There are new comments in a followed thread 'General Comments'
  • Well, that's nice to know. But it forces me to go there to see if this is something I even want to, let alone am able to, handle right now. It doesn't even tell me what the comment *might* be about. That's social media tactics: maximize the number of clicks and page views.
  • For general thread titles like 'Feedback' or 'General Comments', this is potentially *worse* than useless; it risks actively *reducing* the value of the notification.
  • Could the notification at least please instead show what post the comments are associated with? Maybe something like
  • > There are new comments to your answer to 'How do I attach a Jackadoody brocket to a Model 6000 thromblemeister?'
  • or how about
  • > There are new comments in a followed thread 'General Comments' on an answer to 'How do I attach a Jackadoody brocket to a Model 6000 thromblemeister?'
  • Yes, that's likely to make the notification text itself longer in many cases. But it will also give me a much better idea, at a glance, of whether this is something I want to look at now or later (or, frankly, even at all).
#1: Initial revision by user avatar Canina‭ · 2021-06-28T11:07:49Z (almost 3 years ago)
## Notifications don't indicate which post is commented on

For example, I got a notification that, other than specifying the community, simply read

> There are new comments in a followed thread 'General Comments'

Well, that's nice to know. But it forces me to go there to see if this is something I even want to, let alone am able to, handle right now. It doesn't even tell me what the comment *might* be about. That's social media tactics: maximize the number of clicks and page views.

For general thread titles like 'Feedback' or 'General Comments', this is potentially *worse* than useless; it risks actively *reducing* the value of the notification.

Could the notification at least please instead show what post the comments are associated with? Maybe something like

> There are new comments to your answer to 'How do I attach a Jackadoody brocket to a Model 6000 thromblemeister?'

or how about

> There are new comments in a followed thread 'General Comments' on an answer to 'How do I attach a Jackadoody brocket to a Model 6000 thromblemeister?'

Yes, that's likely to make the notification text itself longer in many cases. But it will also give me a much better idea, at a glance, of whether this is something I want to look at now or later (or, frankly, even at all).