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Completely remove "signup from updates" in the registration?

Circled in the image below. There are two radiobuttons that we are thinking of just removing. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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Evgeny's avatar
asked 2012-08-21 12:13:58 -0500
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Completely remove. 1. I think it confuses a new user. The user might think about spam and it would decrease the possibility of registration. 2. It is an addtional field. (it would decrease the possibility of registration) 3. We want them to get mails (it is a community)

Toms's avatar Toms (2012-08-21 14:42:48 -0500) edit

@Toms, @pajju, thanks. We'll remove those radiobuttons and will make email alerts default a bit more agressive.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2012-08-22 10:41:55 -0500) edit
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  • It should make the sign-in process more simple, straightforward and fast.

  • Getting email updates is the best way to engage users for repeat visits.

  • May be we have to always hide giving such opt-in options to users? i.e NOT provide options to be straight-forward; Let it be all hidden inside User Settings? Facebook does these tricks a lot for User-Engagement.

  • Another place where we need a change is in - Follow Question Option - email the updates option should be removed too. Let Follow = follow by email also by default?

pajju's avatar
answered 2012-08-21 23:59:58 -0500, updated 2012-08-22 00:07:25 -0500
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I completely agree with your last statement about "Follow Question Option". It should be default email. You could start a new question and we could discuss about it.

Toms's avatar Toms (2012-08-22 08:10:24 -0500) edit

Yeah, maybe makes sense (re: follow/email). On SO these functions are separate ("star" and "send update"). In principle these two functions are separate: a bookmark and email alert. There is a use case for that I think, but keeping things simpler is important.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2012-08-22 10:44:27 -0500) edit
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