Beta feature: Yesterday on Loomio
This week we’ve been looking at how people interact with Loomio via email.
The number one problem we’ve heard is that people don’t get emailed about new comments, so sometimes it can feel like you’re speaking into an empty room.
We’ve built a prototype solution to this problem: an email that arrives once each morning, with all of the new content that you haven’t read from the past day.
We’ve been playing with it for the last few days and we’re pretty excited, but we want to get some more feedback before we release it widely. If you want to try out this new feature, just go to your email preferences page and switch it on - you should get an email at 6am tomorrow.
Then come back here tomorrow and add your feedback! Together I think we can come up with a really great feature!
Some more details for the geeks :)
Currently, the ‘Yesterday on Loomio’ email is generated based on your Inbox preferences - which means you can configure what groups you are interested in. We’re thinking about this as the groups that you are following - we’ll probably change the interface to reflect that soon.
This is the first step in a major overhaul in how we keep you up to date with content.
The next phase will look at the discussions you are participating in (a subset of following) - i.e. if you have commented, started the discussion, or been mentioned in it. You’ll have the option to be emailed immediately about new content in those discussions.
We imagine eventually the default setting will be: you'll be emailed once per day, with a summary of all the content you haven't read yet, and you'll be emailed immediately about stuff you’re participating in.
Once that is sorted out, we get to the really exciting stuff: reply by email. This means you will be able to reply from your email client, and your comment will be added to the discussion on Loomio.
Alanna Irving started a proposal Fri 4 Jul 2014
Turn on the "Yesterday on Loomio" email for everyone, with a clear option to turn it off Closed Wed 9 Jul 2014
I think this daily email notification is a really great way to keep engaged with Loomio, and most users probably don't know about it. Right now it's turned off by default and for existing users unless they manually switch it on. I would support turning it on for everyone now, with a really obvious and easy way to turn it off for those who don't want to receive it. I'm raising this proposal to test how the community feels about this.
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Fri 4 Jul 2014
I think it's a really useful way to remind people to engage with discussions regularly.
Fri 4 Jul 2014
Sending emails is a sensitive topic and I don't want to spend the energy on convincing those against until we have the whole email revamp done. At that point (in just a few weeks) we'll have to change everyones settings anyway.
Mon 7 Jul 2014
As long as it has a clear message to the effect of "This is a test feature to fix a common problem, you can turn it off Here" then it seems a great idea - especially for folks new to loomio who might forget to check until @tagged.
Tue 8 Jul 2014
I wouldn't want this to get turned on under my nose; I'd just get annoyed and turn it off immediately.