I've been quite remiss in keeping you guys updated on what I've been working on.
My hope is to correct that going forward. As a number have told me, "It's a tall order for one guy to try to do what you're doing."
For this latest update, I've been focusing on notifications because the test rides we've done demonstrated that far too many notification emails were being generated by rides.
If you go to the Notification Email settings page (upper right corner of the site, click the gear icon, 3rd menu item from the bottom) you will notice there is now a section for "Rides".
This is where you can set what emails you'd like to receive (or just uncheck them all to not receive any.)
By default, for rides you are following, emails will be sent for these notification types:
- When the status of a ride changes. (underway, over)
- When a rider posts an update
- When a rider posts a photo.
A "rider" is someone who has set themselves as "going" on the ride as opposed to someone who is set to "maybe" or "watching". My thought is if you're watching a ride, you're probably most interested in what the riders are posting.
There are separate option for getting notified about posts by lurkers.
You can enable "rider status" to see things like when they mark themselves as 'underway', 'heading home', 'home safe', 'stopped', or 'broken down'.
I expect to have to go in and add some further refinements. We'll see how well this works. Per AGrip's suggestion, I plan to add per-ride settings so you can adjust how many emails you get per-ride.
At present, you will still receive the flood of notifications in the site dropdown for rides you are following. At some point, I will add a way to pare that down as well.
If you have any thoughts on notifications or if you have thoughts on improvements you'd like to see, please reply here.