Vegas (elite user) Vegas posted March 6th, 2012 at 2:36 am to Meta. Viewed 813 times. Answered 18 times.

I find the latest activity stream ridiculously uninformative. Half of it is stuff I couldn't give a rat's about - and I have to spend 5 minutes deleting notifications to get to what I want to know about, ie. who's responded to my thread/answer or given me props, or what people I'm interested in have said on threads I'm following.

Can't there be some kind of weighting system? If here is, it's badly out of kilter. If someone commented on your post, surely that should goes to the top of the list? Particularly if it's a user you're following. If they gave you props, that should get a high priority too? If a user you're following says something or leaves props, that should be up in lights as well. At present, it seems as though at least half the notifications I receive are because users I don't really know and am not greatly interested in have decided that a thread I don't care about is useful/interesting/fail/whatever. And because it seems that you only receive a maximum of less than ten notifications (again, at least half of which are of no interest whatsoever), this means that pretty much all of the notifications happened within the last hour or two. This is not useful, as I am frequently away from the computer for more than two hours and would like a convenient way to keep track of conversations that I left hours ago.

All I can say is that some serious work needs to be done on the notifications system to make it (much) more user relevant.

Last answered by Vegas about 94 months ago.

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Grant wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 8:13 am
Grant (elite user)


Please provide Vegas with a "Give a rats worthy" weighting notification scheme.


Newman wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 8:33 am
Newman (elite user)

Can grubby please create a mirror site called TNHVegas where the Statesman can give a rats to his heart's content?

Seriously though, I thought notifications were all linked to people, places, Ask threads, Group logs etc that are an existing part of your network. It is possible to 'unfollow' threads or users (and remove those following you) which you no longer wish to be notified about - note that upon involving yourself in any thread the box defaults to checked for Follow this... (eg as I am now following this thread unless I uncheck the box). Additionally, notification are listed roughly in order of which the event happened, consistent with the listing of Ask ANH questions and answers over time.

I understand there will soon be a remove-all option for the activity stream so that when you are not logged in for some time you don't have to wade through endless notifications.

Generally speaking, I think the notification system works OK. It certainly beats having to click through endless threads to see what the latest posts are, if I am so inclined.

grubby wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 9:04 am

Vegas, weighting is a good idea. Meanwhile all notifications come as a result of following something or someone, so you can visit the 'following' tab in your profile to trim down stuff you don't want.

Also, what Newman says is right and worth reading.

Vegas wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 5:25 pm
Vegas (elite user)

My notifications seem to appear solely based on chronological order ie. person I don't know has reviewed a place I've never been to - just now; another person I don't know has posted to a thread I haven't read - a little while ago...I get about 6 of these, the oldest of which usually took place an hour ago, and the vast majority of them are of absolutely no interest to me whatsoever. This doesn't seem like a sensible way to list notifications. Surely if I've posted a question or added to a thread, and someone has responded to either, these notifications should barge their way straight to the top of the list? I mean, that's what I want to know about and review.

Vegas wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 5:33 pm
Vegas (elite user)

Furthermore, and with all due respect to those I'm following, but I really don't care if XYZ has decided to follow Newman or Nickinnam or whoever - or even if Newman or Nickinnam has decided to follow XYZ. Nor do I much care if Newman or Nickinnam thinks XYZ's review is useful, accurate, well-written, funny, meh or Fail!

I do care if the people I follow review a place. I also care if someone's answered a question in a thread I'm following. I don't think I'm alone. The fact that notifications of people being "followed" or props being awarded can crowd out really useful notifications such as those I mentioned above isn't an optimal situation, in my honest opinion.

Newman wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 5:35 pm
Newman (elite user)

In a nutshell, it's all about Vegas.

Which, in reality, makes sense.

Vegas wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 5:38 pm
Vegas (elite user)

No, it's about everyone having a more useful and relevant activity stream. I'm not asking for this to be applied to me solely.

Are you saying that you'd rather know that I marked some review accurate, or that someone had started following me, before you knew that someone had answered a question that you had posited in Ask ANH?

Newman wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 5:42 pm
Newman (elite user)

Settle petal, I meant Vegas as in 'the individual'. Which I thought was obvious. Apparently not.

The whole activity stream thing is very new. To have it at all is great. No doubt grubby will finesse it over time. Along with all other site developments that are planned.

NickinNam wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I agree with Vegas. There's too much. If somebody I follow answers a question or writes a review, yes, I like to know that. If there additional answers to a question I have responded to, I'm into that as well.

Everything Vegas points out as superfluous information I don't care about, I agree.

Vegas wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 6:36 pm
Vegas (elite user)

"Settle petal, I meant Vegas as in 'the individual'. Which I thought was obvious. Apparently not."

??? Stop speaking in tongues, Newman.

Newman wrote on March 6th, 2012 at 6:39 pm
Newman (elite user)

Not my fault if you don't have the gift of interpretation.

Ya'll might want to be a little more appreciative of what the site offers you.

"Near-enough useless". Tad harsh mate.

Vegas wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 2:20 am
Vegas (elite user)

Hey, it's a fact. No point sugar coating it.

Newman wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 7:18 am
Newman (elite user)

Good thing you're not a diplomat.

Grant wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 7:57 am
Grant (elite user)


Vegas a diplomat? Downer, Rudd, Carr, Vegas. There's a joke in that.


Newman wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 4:43 pm
Newman (elite user)

You forgot Smith. The diplomat named Mr Smith. Never did find out what his wife does.

natinnam wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 7:24 pm
natinnam (elite user)

Do away with it, it's just a portal to Hanoi House Husbands online. At least with their weekly meetup you didn't have to go to hear pointless drivel, now your reminded of it every other minute.

Vegas: Me me me me me, reorganize the website, come to think of it, Hanoi also.

Newman: Retort with something unfunny to try score a point.

Nickinnam: Wade in with iam superior than all of you, and i know it.

Repeat forever, ticking each others "Funny" and "Accurate" boxes.

Just brilliant !!

Newman wrote on March 7th, 2012 at 7:26 pm
Newman (elite user)

But nat, you gave up on New Hanoian a long time ago.

Here you are again.

Vegas wrote on March 9th, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Vegas (elite user)

Part of a message I sent to Grubby recently:

"Just a quick note to apologise for perhaps being more than a tad insensitive about my criticisms regarding the Activity Stream, which probably would have been more appropriately communicated in private - and in less rambunctious verbiage. "

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