Having to contend with a corporate culture of emails, here are some specific suggestions on how email subscription could be improved:
These are the options that I would really like:
To support this, I would suggest adding 1 line to the subscription screen like this:
email format: [ ] snippet [ ] full html [ ] full text only (non-html)
These are really not that critical:
It would be nice if the elements could be configurable on a user basis, in the subscriptions screen.
The html formatted text can be sent easily - I'll get it done soon.
Have you looked into "subscriptions" section of your user profile? Most of those functions are available in a way - not exactly how you've described, but similar.
The defaults are set quite wimpy. At subscription time user chooses whether to receive weekly updates or not (which are sent by a cron job - if you don't have it, there won't be any email), maybe the defaults need to be more aggressive?
Actually there are two email-sending systems: delayed emails - daily or weekly - working via cron job and instant alerts - sent on individual events.
There is no option yet for "don't send email on updates to questions/answers", this needs to be looked at. Also - on separation of "question" and "answer" subscriptions - is that very important? Could you take a look at the "subscriptions" options and suggest how to modify that - if that's what you are interested in?
I guess there is a balance of think of - the settings must be flexible enough and not too complicated for the user and the programmer (the reason I mention this is because it's very tough to test correctness of all the combinations of settings).
edit: now when post (question or answer) is updated, then a diff between the two last versions will be emailed as suggested by asksage people.
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Asked: 2010-10-14 07:00:33 -0500
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Last updated: Oct 26 '10