Discussion:New User (can get email?)

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RRBuffCPA (talk|edits) said:

2006 January 9
Hi, I am a new user. I wonder if there is a way to get new discussions and responces to my watch list emailed to me? This is a common way with other forums I belong to.

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

9 January 2006

Yes and no. We're currently working to implement a number of enhancements to this discussion forum system, and one of the items on our list is email integration. Unless we run into unexpected problems, we hope to have something in place in the near future.

In the meantime, you can use your watch list for limited email notification, with a few caveats.

To Set Up Email Notification of Changes to your Watchlist Items:

  1. Log in and go to your preferences on the very top line.
  2. Make sure you have a valid email address in the Email field.
  3. Scroll down a bit on that page until you can see the Email section. Make sure that the options to Send me an email on page changes and Send me an email also for minor edits are both checked.
  4. If a notice is displayed in the email section indicating that your email address is not yet authenticated, select the confirm your email address link and from that page select the Mail a confirmation Code button.
  5. You should receive an email within a few minutes. Open that email and select the link that is included. You should receive a message indicating that your address has been authenticated.

At this point, you are set to receive email notifications when any page on your watchlist changes. These pages can be in the discussion forum or anywhere else on TaxAlmanac - the main page, Internal Revenue Code sections, etc.

How to Add Items to your Watchlist

  • Don't use the Watch this discussion checkbox that is currently on the discussion pages. We found out shortly after launching the forums that it just doesn't work. We hope to remove the checkbox very soon until we can get it working properly.
  • Instead, select the watch tab at the top of any page, including discussion pages.
  • To view or edit your watchlist, select the my watchlist link at the top of any TaxAlmanac page.
  • Note - in addition to the Watch this discussion checkbox not working, it also has the unfortunate by-product of removing any watched page from your watchlist when you reply to a discussion. If you reply, simply watch it again to add it back.
  • Keep in mind that you will only receive one email per page that changes until you view that page. If 5 people add replies to a discussion, you'll only get one email. Once you view the page, the trigger is reset.
  • I don't believe that an email is sent if you make the change to the page - it has to be someone else.

I hope this helps! Keep in mind that the watch feature provides just basic functionality, that we hope to fix the bug I described in the near future, and that additional features are being considered.

Thank you!

Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator

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