Watchlist Is Here! As Well As Related Pulse Upgrade

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 12-23-2008 07:00 PM 2587 reads 2 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lots of work at home but I need to give at least short update about the major upgrades I released today. I was working on these for quite some time and I was receiving numerous related requests. But as you will see these upgrades resulted in a serious revamp of our unique Pulse so I actually spent more time on planning / thinking than on actual coding.

In summary, I’ve added the Watchlist feature that allows you to be notified – on the Pulse page or also by the emails – about new comments posted… not only on your own posts but on any posts that you add to your personal Watchlist. This de facto turns on those “comments on my comments” notifications that were mentioned numerous times in the forums.

So how this works you ask. I tried to keep things as simple and streamlined as possible. Following points describe the process:

  • When you add new post (project, blog entry, forum topic, review, workshop) it is automatically added to your Watchlist.
  • When you’re posting new comment you can choose if you want to add the respective post to your Watchlist or not.
  • You can see green Watch and red Unwatch toggle button on each post (in the top right corner) to easily start/stop watching the respective post.
  • Email notification settings have been simplified. You can turn on/off email notifications for all watched posts at once.
  • I decided to integrate Watchlist directly to the Pulse page. Believe me I was scratching my head about this ;) I didn’t want to add just another checkbox to already cluttered Pulse settings. So I decided to think out of the box and replaced all those challenging dropdowns and checkboxes with just a few predefined Pulse views: new posts & my watchlist (shows all posts that you never checked and new comments on your watched posts), new posts (shows all posts that you never checked), my watchlist (shows new comments on your watched posts), all activity (shows new comments on all posts) and profiles (shows never checked Jock profiles as well as new comments on them – for those who like welcoming new members). New posts & my watchlist is selected by default and I consider this to be the most natural way to use your personalized Pulse – you read the post that you never checked and then you either add it to your watchlist or not. When you start watching the post it will be automatically brought to the top if there are any new comments. Finally you can select time period on the right and see only posts active in the last 24 hours, 7 days or 30 days.
  • There is a new My Watchlist link in the My LumberJocks dropdown.

Note that all of you previous posts were automatically added to your Watchlist during this upgrade.

Well this is going to take some time to get used to – especially for those using the Pulse frequently. But I believe that the whole process is going to be much smoother now. Plus you can get notified in all those discussions you participate in – not only authored by you.

Any feedback is appreciated.


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#1 posted 12-23-2008 07:16 PM

Thanks Martin….this will be a great addition to the least for me…is it a big deal to add all comments on the dropdown for the time period. the reason I ask is because with the roll the dice option one might get comments from something posted a long time ago. let me know your thoughts..
Happy holidays to you and yours…

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#2 posted 12-23-2008 07:20 PM


Thanks again for the improvement and the continued upgrades of the site. Your additions/changes are always well thought out and keep the site fresh.

Merry Christmas to you and your new wife!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View FlWoodRat's profile


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#3 posted 12-23-2008 07:27 PM

Martin, Nice job. Hope you and your beautiful new bride have a wonderful 1st Christmas together. By the way, is there an easy way to look up or sort the LJ roster (members)?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#4 posted 12-23-2008 07:38 PM

Looks good, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 12-23-2008 07:45 PM

I bet you are thankful for the holidays so you have time to stop your head from spinning! This must have been a LOT of work and a lot of brain power.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 12-23-2008 08:01 PM


This is great work! I like the views that you setup.


-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#7 posted 12-23-2008 09:14 PM

Martin, i am getting an email notification for every post on this blog. Is this something I did? How do I undo this?


-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#8 posted 12-23-2008 09:21 PM

Thanks Martin, Something I wanted.

Merry Christmas and happy New year.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 12-23-2008 09:32 PM

Thanks Martin, I have always want this. You da Man!

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 12-23-2008 10:32 PM

I think I will be more selective on those post I want updates on

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#11 posted 12-23-2008 11:46 PM

Thanks Martin; that’s going to be really useful. You said : ”Note that all of your previous posts were automatically added to your Watchlist during this upgrade”

Have I misunderstood? There’s nothing in my ‘My watchlist” folder.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#12 posted 12-23-2008 11:56 PM

is the “all previous posts” all of our own blogs/projects that have new comments? I think that is it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dan'um Style

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#13 posted 12-24-2008 12:11 AM

I miss the ability to sort by buddy in the pulse. can you put that feature back ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#14 posted 12-24-2008 12:38 AM

I commented on a posting. Now I am getting an e-mail on every other comment on the same post. Is there a way to stop this?

I have started to check the “just post my comment” option to avoid this. I am afraid I like the old way better.

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#15 posted 12-24-2008 12:42 AM

Martin, this change looks very promising. Many thanks.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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