EN Weekly Newsletter?

Vaelorn

Villager
I used to get this but they seem to have stopped - about when the software was brought in (I think). I can't find anywhere on my settings page to re-enable it - any ideas?

Thanks!
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
The current software doesn't support an automated newsletter. I'm looking for alternative options which aren't too expensive (most commerical newsletter services charge thousands for the number of newsletter subscribers we have).
 

Vaelorn

Villager
Ah, I see! That's a shame though - I found that very useful as I don't have a lot of time to browse the site.

Thanks for getting back to me!
 

chrisshorb

Explorer
It’s not a voting situation. It’s a technological limitation.
If Every user complained, you would have already solved the technical problem. If no users complained, then you wouldn’t even consider it a problem. Obviously this is in the middle somewhere.
The “whether to spend time and money on this problem” decision is usually directly correlated to the number of people a specific issue impacts.
So I’m just adding my voice to indicate that I would love for this to be fixed. My hope is if enough people indicate that they want it fixed, that that will justify time and expense to do so.

If however, this will never be fixed, then such is life. Maybe there’s a workaround?

I am thinking of subscribing to specific posters to get notified of their posts directly - James Ward, Egg Embry, others
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
If Every user complained, you would have already solved the technical problem. If no users complained, then you wouldn’t even consider it a problem. Obviously this is in the middle somewhere.
The “whether to spend time and money on this problem” decision is usually directly correlated to the number of people a specific issue impacts.
So I’m just adding my voice to indicate that I would love for this to be fixed. My hope is if enough people indicate that they want it fixed, that that will justify time and expense to do so.
It’s not a choice I have the power to make. If a later version of Xenforo offers that function, I’ll use it. I’ve no influence over updates of Xenforo.

I’m a bloke who runs a prepackaged forum product from the PC in my living room, not a software firm. I don’t - and literally can’t - write code. And I certainly can’t afford to pay anybody to! Exerting pressure won’t give me the ability to write computer software. :)
 

chrisshorb

Explorer
It’s not a choice I have the power to make. If a later version of Xenforo offers that function, I’ll use it. I’ve no influence over updates of Xenforo.

I’m a bloke who runs a prepackaged forum product from the PC in my living room, not a software firm. I don’t - and literally can’t - write code. And I certainly can’t afford to pay anybody to! Exerting pressure won’t give me the ability to write computer software. :)
Fair enough. I kind of figured as much - this is RPGs we’re talking about after all. :)
I think I’ve identified a workaround for now.
If you ever decide to move to a new platform, please keep this use case in mind as you evaluate solutions.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
I’m a bloke who runs a prepackaged forum product from the PC in my living room, not a software firm. I don’t - and literally can’t - write code. And I certainly can’t afford to pay anybody to! Exerting pressure won’t give me the ability to write computer software. :)
Who did all the hacks you made to the previous software? I always thought that was you... :)

Edit to add: and I suppose, while I'm here, I'd better tip my hat re Southampton 4 Portsmouth 0 last week - bloody disgraceful showing by my lads!
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Who did all the hacks you made to the previous software? I always thought that was you... :)
All prepackaged add-ons. The clumsy attempts I made were generally the ones which broke things. I could clumsily change layout and HTML, but I can’t write message board software. :)

Edit to add: and I suppose, while I'm here, I'd better tip my hat re Southampton 4 Portsmouth 0 last week - bloody disgraceful showing by my lads!
You mistake me for my wife!
 
The current software doesn't support an automated newsletter. I'm looking for alternative options which aren't too expensive (most commerical newsletter services charge thousands for the number of newsletter subscribers we have).

I noticed that each thread can be tagged in order to activate its e-mail alerts and RSS. IF you can create a thread that only you can post, and make an easier way for readers to create alerts to it (for example choosing to receive the RSS by e-mail), you can have a newsletter of the weekly summary of news.

How about that?
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I noticed that each thread can be tagged in order to activate its e-mail alerts and RSS. IF you can create a thread that only you can post, and make an easier way for readers to create alerts to it (for example choosing to receive the RSS by e-mail), you can have a newsletter of the weekly summary of news.

How about that?
The sending isn't the problem. I can physically write one each week and send it. The previous one was an automated collection of the news page articles. It's the automated collation and sending that's the issue.

At the moment, I'm considering using Darry's weekly digest as the newsletter until a better option comes along.
 

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