Subscriptions . . . what is the analog in this new format?
Perhaps a description of my routine at other sites (with vbul) will illustrate the question better.
First of all, though, let’s define “subscription” as it applies to forums.
Having a subscription to a thread simply means that you are interested in it, want to follow it, AND IT SHOWS UP IN A LISTING OF YOUR “SUBSCRIPTIONS”.
OK . . . now for the routine.
First thing I do is look at my list of subscribed threads. If there has been any activity on that thread since my last visit, typically then the thread is bolded or otherwise highlighted.
At a glance, I can tell which subscribed threads I need to look at that have NEW posts.
So . . . I look at those threads and post replies if I am so inclined.
That done, I next look at what’s been posted on ANY thread in, say, the last 24 hours.
Some sites show this as “New Posts”, some show it as “Last 24 hours”, some as “Posts Since Your Last Visit”, some as “Recent Activity”, etc.
After I’ve finished with subscribed posts and new posts, I attend to thread starters that I myself want to post.
Sometimes there are notifications of PM’s, Mentions, Thanks, or awards. If I have any notifications, then typically I attend to these things (the ones that need attention, like PMs or Mentions) and satisfy my curiosity about who thanked me for what post and what “awards” I received (and why).
Anyway, most of the time I start off with the listing of subscriptions, which typically is accessed through the user “contol panel”. Sometimes the control panel is it’s own separate button in the top banner, sometimes it’s on a drop down menu in something like “quick links”, sometimes in a drop down menu somewhere else.
There are two ways to subscribe to a thread in vB:
Simply by posting in a thread, you are automatically subscribed to it. (The presumption being that if you bothered to post in a thread, you are interested in following it . . . a pretty safe assumption, I think.)
You can select to subscribe to a thread WITHOUT posting in it. That selection (“subscribe to this thread”) is typically in a drop down menu for something like “Thread tools”, a link at the top of the thread.
So the question becomes, how do you “subscribe” to a thread in this new format? My sense is that this is “bookmarks”. Is that correct? Is posting in a thread sufficient to get it listed in bookmarks, or do you have to bookmark your own post to follow it?
If so, then perhaps this is just a matter of TERMINOLOGY.
The new format can do all the things the old SW did (except “Advanced search” ~grin~), it just uses different words. Not unusual.
If that’s the case, can you confirm? Can you describe what my routine under the old SW would be under this new stuff?
I think I have it down, but I’d like to get your take on it.
If it IS just a matter of terminology, perhaps some of those less than impressed with this new format would warm to it if you pointed out what the analogs are.