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Comment Notification

Keith is calling for bloggers to implement a “notify me of any replies” feature for their comments systems:

There are a few ways to do this. You could get an e-mail for every reply that’s made, but that could quickly flood you with e-mail. It doesn’t scale well, and I guarantee you messages are harder to put in context this way. The better solution, and the one that message boards use, is to e-mail you when there’s a new post made, but then not e-mail you again until you’ve visited the site and seen all the new posts. This scales better.

I like it. It’s a relatively simple feature to implement with instant, obvious benefits. I’ll try and work on this some time this week.

This is Comment Notification by Simon Willison, posted on 21st April 2003.

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