New Feature: Forum Email Subscriptions

Earlier today we launched a new feature to help keep Trailspace members up-to-date with threads of personal interest in the Trailspace forums.

Subscribing to a forum

Subscribing to a specific forum (for example, Backcountry, Gear Selection, Climbing, Paddling) will give you a daily email notification listing all new topics posted in that forum.

To subscribe to a forum, just click the "Subscribe" link at the top of the forum's index:

Subscribing to a forum thread

When you subscribe to a forum thread, your daily email also will alert you to any new messages in that thread.

To subscribe to a forum thread, just click the "Subscribe" link above the messages:

You also can subscribe to threads in which you participate by checking the "notify me" box when posting a message:

Notification emails

The emails you'll receive are simple and to the point:

Our subscription system will try to keep your inbox as uncluttered as possible. All of your notifications will be bundled into one daily email message that summarizes activity in both your subscribed forums and threads. Emails are sent just once a day, and if there's nothing new to report, we won't send anything.

Adding "" to your address book will help make sure that your Trailspace notifications aren't trapped by your spam filter.


If you've subscribed to a forum or topic, you'll see an "Unsubscribe" link in place of "Subscribe." One click will cancel your subscription. You can also view and manage your subscriptions in the Manage Subscriptions section of your account.

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1,663 reviewer rep
3,956 forum posts
July 21, 2010 at 8:06 p.m. (EDT)

That's super Dave, thank you sir.

3 reviewer rep
101 forum posts
July 22, 2010 at 1:12 a.m. (EDT)


You might consider making the default on the check box for

'notify me by email of comments on this post'

as blank so you don't generate a lot of unintended emails for people. Opt-in is always my preference. Otherwise, I think it's a good idea.

Seth Levy (Seth)
625 reviewer rep
1,178 forum posts
July 22, 2010 at 10:11 a.m. (EDT)

Cool feature Dave. I'm using more RSS these days.....

775 reviewer rep
2,162 forum posts
July 22, 2010 at 11:08 a.m. (EDT)

Nice feature :) Thanks Dave

I agree, though, that I would rather not have to remember to un-check the box every time I don't want to be notified. Most of the time I don't think I would want notifications, but when I do it will be nice to have the option to check the box

Dave MacLeay (Dave)
346 reviewer rep
982 forum posts
July 22, 2010 at 11:13 a.m. (EDT)

Thanks for the feedback.

SnowGoose: I've seen it done both ways, and I'd been going back and forth on that one. Some people like to get notifications on everything thread in which they've posted; others never want a single email. Maybe I'll set it up as an account preference, so you can choose whether or not the box is checked by default.

Seth: What do you typically look for / like in an RSS feeds for a forum?

Dave MacLeay (Dave)
346 reviewer rep
982 forum posts
July 22, 2010 at 3:37 p.m. (EDT)

I've modified the behavior of the "notify me" checkbox a little bit. It's now unchecked by default, unless you're already subscribed to the thread, in which case it's checked.

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