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Is this goodbye?

By apotheon ·
TechRepublic appears to have changed the form of its email alerts for discussions to which I've subscribed. This has created a few problems for me, in large part because of the interaction of the facts that:

A) I use email alerts almost exclusively as my point of entry to TechRepublic.

B) The change was poorly handled, from where I'm sitting.

The problems with how it was implemented, as I see it, are the following:

1. I don't remember any announcement that the formats of the emails would be so significantly changed. I had no idea I was about to start getting such almost unrecognizably different email alerts.

2. Every single one of my subscriptions defaulted to (X)HTML emails in the new format, despite the fact that my email alerts had previously been delivered with plain text so that I could read them easily in my text-only email client setup (which, by the way, provides excellent protection against malicious code in emails). The only way to change the alerts to plain text was to mark them as plain text and submit the changes, one individual discussion subscription at a time. I'm subscribed to hundreds of discussions, and they don't seem to be in any kind of logical order that would help me pick out the most important discussions first (or even the most active).

3. The organization of the new format for email alerts is atrocious for purposes of parsing quickly and making decisions about what to read at the site. The full text of replies appearing in my inbox slows down my ability to deal with discussion activity to a point where it's effectively impossible, and assumes that I have a photographic memory for the context within which a given reply might appear.

I have never found the on-site tools for keeping up with discussions very useful for me. Now, the email alerts are suffering the same problem. I sent a message via the "Site Help & Feedback" page, to which I have not received a response. Of course, this may simply be a function of having encountered this problem with the beginning of the weekend, but I ultimately felt it was necessary -- because people have already indicated to me that they wonder why I haven't responded to discussions here at TR -- to say something publicly to explain my current, and possibly long-term, absence from TR discussions.

Jaqui, who many remember fondly here, was "forced out" by the fact that TR requires JavaScript on many pages of the site now, thus causing him to make a choice between continued participation in the TR community and using the software he prefers -- and now I'm facing a similar choice, except that in my case it's a choice between continued participating and having any time left in the day to do anything else, unless this problem is only temporary. The relative value of the two options that seem to be available to me should be fairly obvious.

Hopefully I'm not overlooking an obvious solution, and hopefully this isn't goodbye. If it is goodbye, however -- it has been a fun ride, while it lasted.

I'll try to remember to check this thread from time to time in the near future, the old-fashioned way, but don't bet money on it.

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On the other hand, perhaps they don't think.

by deepsand In reply to Maybe they think

Ever think about that?


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by nentech In reply to On the other hand, perhap ...

Maybe they think too much and get confused

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Or, think too much because they're confused.

by deepsand In reply to Wow

Or, too little, for the same reason.

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Take the quoted discussion back to root level

by sn53 In reply to Max. depth limit renders ...

deep wrote, "Once a sub-thread has gone linear, there's no way to tie a Reply to the proper preceding Post."

My solution is to take the quoted discussion back to the root level. It is not elegant but I am much happier for it. :-)

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by Absolutely In reply to But, ...
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Guess he hasn't yet figured out that you can't push a string.

by deepsand In reply to Bravissimo!

How very arrogant, that he should expect everyone else to follow him.

Having watched his jumping about, often consolidating his "responses" to several posts and/or posters into a single one, I am increasingly convinced that such is a tactic which serves him well, by way of making it exceedingly difficult for others to keep track of both what he's previously stated and what he has avoided addressing.

I.e., his physical posting tactics serve as obfuscation.

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Just go away

by maxwell edison In reply to Is this goodbye?

"Is this goodbye", you ask?

What in the **** are you looking for, dude? Sympathy or validation?

Sorry, not delivering. If you don't like someone else's Web site, just go away and STFU about it.

What a loser.

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Heed your own suggestion, and STFU.

by deepsand In reply to Just go away

Stupid a$$hole.

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WTF Max?

by jmgarvin In reply to Just go away

Apo has been a great contributer to TR and you flame him for wanting TR to work properly and maintain a decent level of usability.

What the **** is wrong with you?

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