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Josh Puetz for Forem Core Team

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Changelog: mobile mention notifications

Notification for mentions now available in mobile apps

Have your ears been burning? It's probably because someone mentioned you in a post or comment. While mentions trigger a notification on the desktop, they haven't generated a push notification for Forem mobile apps..until now!

Now available on Dev.to (and coming soon to other Forems) is a new option under Settings -> Notifications labeled 'Send me a push notification when someone mentions me':

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Next time someone mentions you in either an article or a comment with the @username format, you'll receive a push notification. When tapped, this notification will take you right to the comment or article (it looks a bit odd here because I was testing locally!):

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What notifications do you want to see next?

We're just getting started adding more notification types to the Forem mobile apps. What notifications would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below!

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Michael Tharrington

Awwww yeah! Really great update here, Josh. πŸ™Œ

We're just getting started adding more notification types to the Forem mobile apps. What notifications would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below!

Great question! I like how we've been focused on providing push notifications for things that generally require action from the user. It's good that folks can opt to be notified by push notification for both @mentions and when someone replies to them in a comment thread because both of these instances often require a response.

Similarly, could we let author opt in for push notifications if someone comments on their posts? If this is all covered by "Send me a push notification when someone replies to me in a comment thread" then just lemme know!

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Josh Puetz Author

@michaeltharrington Exactly: the "Send me a push notification when someone replies to me in a comment thread" option will let an article author know when someone comments on their article as those top level comments are considered "replies"!

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Michael Tharrington

Aha! That totally makes sense. Thanks for the clarification!

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Ildi

Happy to see the addition of new mobile notifications! Here is a list of a few others that could be useful. Some of these would be more vaulable to smaller Forem communities and may not be appropriate for a large community like DEV.

  • Notifications for individual tags (not all tags you follow)
  • Notification for posts made by organization you are following
  • Subscribe to comment notifications (already avialable for desktop)
  • When receiving a new badge
  • Ability to subscribe to β€œpost series” and receive mobile notifications when a new post is added
  • New podcast episode (for podcasts you follow)
  • Notification when someone new follows you
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Lee

100% love these ideas!