IRL pony request: participant notification May 26, 2019 2:48 PM   Subscribe

The creator of an IRL event has the option to be notified by email when a comment is added to the post. How much trouble would it be to add notifications to those who are attending (including Maybes)? Is this something others would find useful?
posted by Johnny Wallflower to Feature Requests at 2:48 PM (15 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Frimble will weigh in on the tech side when they're around, but I'm also curious if people feel like they'd use this feature.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 2:48 PM on May 26


Oddly, I have literally just gotten home from my first IRL event, so I feel like I’d probably use it, given the existence of more meetups...
posted by eirias at 2:52 PM on May 26


The creator of an IRL event has the option to be notified by email when a comment is added to the post.

I've never noticed that option anywhere. Where does one set that?
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:53 PM on May 26


Is adding a post to your recent activity feed not doing the job?
posted by bleep at 4:16 PM on May 26 [2 favorites]


It's less aggravating to get email instead of constantly checking Recent.

The issue with most meetups is that people don't have each other's contact info, so if a couple of people were, hypothetically, wandering around a huge Asian supermarket and the others had no way to let them know they were leaving even though one of the wanderers had offered them a ride to the Metro, a comment on the post might prevent an Irish goodbye.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:16 PM on May 26 [3 favorites]


Having to whip out your phone and navigate to the event and then scroll all the way down to the end of a page to see time-sensitive comments does reveal the limitations of the way the site is laid out on mobile.
posted by Space Coyote at 5:17 PM on May 26 [3 favorites]


There’s the little ‘to the bottom’ link thingy at the top right of the page, if the scrolling is the problem.
posted by janell at 6:01 PM on May 26


Is adding a post to your recent activity feed not doing the job?

It actually works fine for me; but then I'm an Old so just that's a vast improvement over the way it was in The Before Times. Nevertheless I was still curious since I've never seen a notify-by-email option, and was momentarily distressed that I might have been missing out on an entitlement to further personalize my experience!

In conclusion, meh but y'all do you.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:17 PM on May 26


I would use this feature.
posted by ferret branca at 8:12 PM on May 26 [4 favorites]


I would also use this feature if available.
posted by lesser weasel at 4:04 AM on May 27 [3 favorites]


Long long ago, there were RSS-to-email services and software that would have done something like this based on the thread's RSS feed.
posted by XMLicious at 9:38 AM on May 27 [2 favorites]


Yes please
posted by twoplussix at 10:36 AM on May 27 [2 favorites]


Long long ago, there were RSS-to-email services and software that would have done something like this based on the thread's RSS feed.

IFTTT will do this. And adding the RSS feed to an RSS reader app on your phone can provide notifications. I'm not sure if it's asking too much to manually copy the RSS link and add it to their chosen solution - just because I find it easy doesn't mean everyone does.
posted by Tehhund at 12:16 PM on May 28 [2 favorites]


IFTTT will do this.

Yup. Just created an applet -- I preferred when they were "recipes" -- that will send me an alert on my phone each time the feed for the event We're Number 2! We're Number 2! is updated and it will include rich text with the name of the person who made the comment, the time the comment was posted, and a link to the post.

The issue will be how timely the message arrives as IFTTT's servers don't trigger each applet all the time. In my test the alert came through in 5 mins, but I was manually triggering it from the applet.

But it is an easy method to use if all of the other easy methods such as opening the thread and reading it every so often are just too hard.
posted by terrapin at 5:27 PM on May 29


I would absolutely use this.
posted by rhiannonstone at 10:01 PM on May 29 [1 favorite]


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