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Notification - how do I turn that off automatically?

  1. Jun 16, 2011 #1
    There's a feature which's annoying me since I joined this forum - it's the auto-notification.

    Whenever I post first in a thread, it automatically is on "Instant notification". In the heat of battle I often forget to turn it off and when I check my mail account a couple of hours later, it's flooded with physicsforums notifications.

    I desperately searched the profile for a setting which turns the notifications automatically off, but didn't find one. Is there such a setting? Or am I doomed to set the notification setting from "instant" to "no email notification" whenever I post first in a new thread? :(

    Edit: Should have been "how" in the title...
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  3. Jun 16, 2011 #2


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    Go to my PF at the top left side of the page, click on view all subscribed threads then check all the threads you don't like to get informed about [click on the little square on the right to each thread], then scroll down to the end of the page and choose no email notification and go. There you go you'll never here from us again. :tongue:
  4. Jun 16, 2011 #3
    That's what I've been doing so far. But whenever I post a post in a new thread, this new thread shows up in the list with "instant notifications".
    It would be nice if it either wouldn't show up there or show up there with "no email notification" as setting without me having to change anything. ^^
  5. Jun 16, 2011 #4


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    Your Automatic Thread Subscription Mode is set to "Instant email notification".

    Go to "My Pf", "settings and options", "edit options", then scroll down until you see "Messaging and notification"

    scroll down to

    "Default Thread Subscription Mode": When you post a new thread, or reply to a topic, you can choose to automatically add that thread to your list of subscribed threads, with the option to receive email notification of new replies to that thread.

    Set the drop down box to "Do not subscribe"
  6. Jun 16, 2011 #5
    Args, thanks! How did I miss that setting... I searched the options numerous times. :redface:

    Problem solved. :smile:
  7. Jun 16, 2011 #6


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    I hide that option from members until they ask about it, then I can post directions and appear helpful. :tongue2:

    You may still get some residual e-mails, some members said that after they changed the default, they still needed to go back and individually unsubscribe to any threads that showed up (as per drizzle's directions).
  8. Jun 16, 2011 #7


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    I recently decided to do this (the amount of emails I would get in a day was ridiculous) but I find I still get emails from threads that I was subscribed to before I changed the settings. After a while this dies down though.
  9. Jun 16, 2011 #8


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    There is also the "No email notification" option, which I use. You don't get the emails even though you do get subscribed to a thread when you post. Then if you want to check for replies in threads where you have posted, you can easily see that in your subscribed threads list.

    Yes, the changed setting only applies to future posting, not past ones.
  10. Jun 16, 2011 #9


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    Good suggestion RB!
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