Mefi Mail status feature request November 10, 2007 7:05 PM   Subscribe

Mefi Mail request: Any chance we could get a couple of minor features regarding the status of our sent and received messages?

One of the only features I like with mail on social networking sites like Myspace is the ability to tell if you've read and/or replied to messages received and the ability to tell if messages sent to other users have been read and/or replied to.

I ask because there have been a couple of instances where a user hasn't been active as of late, has no other contact info listed, and I'd like to know if my message wasn't read or if I'm just being ignored.

I don't think this'll be too big of an issue with potential 'stalker' situations, since users have to option to block and unblock other members at will.
posted by item to Feature Requests at 7:05 PM (26 comments total)

the ability to tell if you've read and/or replied to messages received

We show read/unread by color here, but we don't track the ones you've replied to (which should be easy enough to add)

the ability to tell if messages sent to other users have been read and/or replied to

I don't know about this. While useful, none of my email accounts offers this so I'm used to dropping messages into the abyss and hoping for the best. I don't know if people would want others to know if they read and then ignored someone. If you asked a question of someone and found out they read it, it might lead to more problems than simply not knowing if they ever read it at all.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:33 PM on November 10, 2007


One of the only features I like with mail on social networking sites like Myspace is the ability to tell if you've read and/or replied to messages received and the ability to tell if messages sent to other users have been read and/or replied to.

Creepy
posted by dhammond at 8:04 PM on November 10, 2007


Subject: I KNOW YOU READ MY EROTIC HAIKU DHAMMOND!!!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:23 PM on November 10, 2007


I'd love a little replied icon or something. I would less love a return receipt feature. I dislike those.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:30 PM on November 10, 2007


Return receipt is disgusting in casual conversation.
posted by mediareport at 8:39 PM on November 10, 2007


I would like a return receipt feature where I know if other people read my mail, but nobody knows whether I read their mail.

I don't really care how this affects other people mailing one another.
posted by aubilenon at 8:48 PM on November 10, 2007 [2 favorites]


I intensely dislike those return receipt things and if it is added, I request it to be optional when reading the guilty mefimail. In fact, I would love a 'never send a return receipt' check box to save me the work of clicking no.
posted by Memo at 9:19 PM on November 10, 2007


You can actually request a return receipt with regular MIME/SMTP email, but most clients prompt you as to whether to actually send one, or just ignore it.
posted by delmoi at 9:35 PM on November 10, 2007


After realizing I'm probably not the first person in the world with the no-receipts checkbox idea, I checked Thunderbird and discovered that I can disable them permanently. This is awesome. I had never thought of searching for that setting before.
posted by Memo at 9:43 PM on November 10, 2007


Great idea!

After getting the mefi mail return receipts thing implemented, how about whipping up some code to put a little number next to every comment indicating how many people [with javascript enabled] have scrolled their browsers that far down the page? And then, when you click the number, it could tell you which users it was who read that far?
posted by finite at 9:53 PM on November 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


Return receipt is disgusting in casual conversation.

You can't seriously be saying that millions of Outlook users might be wrong, can you?
posted by finite at 9:55 PM on November 10, 2007


the ability to tell if messages sent to other users have been read and/or replied to

Do not want!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:29 PM on November 10, 2007 [1 favorite]


i'm ignoring you.
posted by quonsar at 10:32 PM on November 10, 2007


After getting the mefi mail return receipts thing implemented, how about whipping up some code to put a little number next to every comment indicating how many people [with javascript enabled] have scrolled their browsers that far down the page? And then, when you click the number, it could tell you which users it was who read that far?

And for those with with web cams, eye tracking! Users should be able to view a heat map indicating how long the average user's eyes lingered on their sentences, and how long specific users have as well.
posted by delmoi at 11:04 PM on November 10, 2007


The ability to see if messages you've sent other people have been replied to is kind of okay, but basically that's just a bad way to implement threaded conversations, which would have the same benefit to that but also a bunch more.
posted by aubilenon at 11:18 PM on November 10, 2007


Okay, so I was a little off with my idea for the 'read/received' on outgoing messages. I personally would like it, but totally understand why it might get weird. There's a lot of weirdos with memberships to this site, after all. I might be one of them.

I would like to be able to tell which messages I've replied to, though, and my feeble brain hadn't noticed the color coding on 'read/unread'. I suppose I only get half of a cookie, which is okay as I don't like cookies much and the half I get will probably end up being fed to the squirrels when I toss out this week's leftover body parts... but I've said too much.
posted by item at 2:28 AM on November 11, 2007


Re-reading this thread made me feel like a total creep. Again, I very well might be a weirdo, a heteromorphic deviant even, but of all things I am not a creep.

Oh, and I've been meaning to ask: anyone here got a younger brother or sister that's going through a 'confused' stage? I'm starting this website and need some subjects.
posted by item at 2:39 AM on November 11, 2007


One of the only features I like with mail on social networking sites like Myspace is the ability to tell if you've read and/or replied to messages received and the ability to tell if messages sent to other users have been read and/or replied to.

I've mostly seen this feature at online dating sites. In that context, I believe that it's a useful feature because it helps to answer the ever-important question, "fish or cut bait?" But in the context of MeFi, I'm not sure how useful or necessary it is.
posted by Afroblanco at 6:54 AM on November 11, 2007


It's okay, item. You're not a creep. Even heteromorphic deviants make mistakes now and then.

I'm very much in the no-receipts camp as well. Blood in the streets, seriously.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:15 AM on November 11, 2007


Does the mail icon change if you have mail? Or does it show it when you mouse over it?
posted by CwgrlUp at 9:00 AM on November 11, 2007


It turns orange.
posted by typewriter at 9:09 AM on November 11, 2007


And says "x new" next to it as well.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:10 AM on November 11, 2007


Oh Britney, honey, no. NO.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:47 AM on November 11, 2007


Return receipt is disgusting in casual conversation.
You can't seriously be saying that millions of Outlook users might be wrong, can you?

I ask for receipts for every message I send at work, for the sake of the maybe 10% where I might possibly need to document that the message was received. Because I'm too lazy to do this manually when it matters, I set up a rule to automatically mark them as read when they arrive, so I generally never see them anyway.

Hmm, I had a point when I started this, but it seems to have escaped my mind. I think it was that, while I almost never look at read receipts, I like to have them handy just in case and because it gives me comfort to know that the message has got through. Of course, I never get MeFiMail, either, so I have no dog in this race.

Read receipts are useful in an Exchange environment, if only so you know who has delegation to access a person's inbox - you get a receipt from people who read the messages, even though you didn't send it to them. This way you know who not to make fun of via e-mail.
posted by dg at 11:57 PM on November 11, 2007


dg - I bet your Exchange administrator loves you for all that extra traffic and storage you're creating. (Been there, done that, got the outraged memo from Exchange Police.)
posted by Sk4n at 10:29 AM on November 12, 2007


Nah, they solved the storage problem with a two-fold solution - draconian storage limits and every Sunday, everything older that two weeks in your message store gets deleted. If you want to keep any e-mail permanently, you have to save it elsewhere. Traffic, maybe, but I bet the read receipts don't generate anywhere near the traffic that the LOLcats and dirty jokes do anyway.

I can't stand to delete things, so my archived e-mails now occupy a single file just over 1GB in size. Must do something about that soon.
posted by dg at 2:49 PM on November 12, 2007


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