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LDS Account > Subscriptions: place to manage notifications?

Postby mevans » Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:37 pm

We've had various discussions about people wanting to be notified about things. These may include the following:
  • LDS Account Newsletter Subscriptions (what's there now on the "old" LDS Account site)
  • Calendar events
  • Newsletter articles
  • Upcoming lessons from Lesson Schedules

What I'm wondering is instead of having each tool have its own interface for managing notifications, maybe it all belongs in the LDS Account Subscriptions area? This way I can go to one place and control what information I receive, which I think I'd prefer over going to each tool to manage notifications.

I have no idea if the Church is heading in this direction or not, but thought I'd post my thoughts here and see what people think. The "new" LDS Account page currently redirects you to the "old" LDS Account page to manage subscriptions, so maybe the Church is trying to figure out what to do here?

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Re: LDS Account > Subscriptions: place to manage notificatio

Postby russellhltn » Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:02 pm

Can't say as I'm thrilled about the idea. While I suppose users might like a central place to manage things, the problem is that it's so tightly bound to the product that one can't be updated without updating the other. The developers are already behind on more critical features.
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Re: LDS Account > Subscriptions: place to manage notificatio

Postby sbradshaw » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:05 pm

I think this idea makes a lot of sense!

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Re: LDS Account > Subscriptions: place to manage notificatio

Postby aebrown » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:44 pm

I think the idea has merit, but only for a limited set of notifications. Specifically, I can see benefits in having one place to set simple notifications -- where all you have to specify is a simple on/off setting.

But I would strongly vote against moving calendar notifications away from the calendar application. There are so many settings, and they are intimately connected to the calendars that appear in the Calendar application. It would be a huge pain to engineer having those complex settings appear in a different web application. And I think it would be an awkward user experience to have to leave the Calendar application to change those settings.

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Re: LDS Account > Subscriptions: place to manage notificatio

Postby russellhltn » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:37 pm

In the case of the calendar, I think a better plan is to put a link in the LDS Account that takes you to the page where the calendar notifications are set.
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