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[FEATURE] Enhance Instant Notification Setup

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There's probably a good reason why not, but I would like it to look like this:

 

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There's been some talk in these forums about issues with the notification emails. Perhaps having it look like this would help:

 

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Great idea! Especially the option to disable HTML mails would be great :anitongue: Custom subject line sounds very useful too.

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Looks good to me. "Cache types to watch:" obviously, and "Log types to watch:" instead of "Events to watch:", since "event" means something else in geocaching.

 

And there's a bug in your page: you left out the log types for events. I point this out because I think this omission underscores why the existing interface isn't like this: the existing interface tries hard to avoid allowing you to select log types that don't apply to the cache type, and my guess is that's why each cache type has to be entered individually. I recommend abandoning that approach, happily allowing someone to click "found" and "attended" for traditional caches even though there are never any "attended" logs on traditional caches. Once you've decided that's OK, then the combined form of the type you've shown works fine and would be just what most people would want.

 

Although one thing you've left out is the range. That occurs to me because one thing that works out nicely about the existing approach is that you are compelled to select a range for each cache type, something that led me to realize that I'm only interested in new traditional caches that are relatively close, but I like to see new puzzle caches even if they're quite a distance away.

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Yes, this would be nice. I always wondered why the system only allowed us to pick one cache type under each notification.

 

Hopefully we'll get a response from gc.com letting us know if it can or can't be initiated.

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Looks good to me. "Cache types to watch:" obviously, and "Log types to watch:" instead of "Events to watch:", since "event" means something else in geocaching.

 

And there's a bug in your page: you left out the log types for events. I point this out because I think this omission underscores why the existing interface isn't like this: the existing interface tries hard to avoid allowing you to select log types that don't apply to the cache type, and my guess is that's why each cache type has to be entered individually. I recommend abandoning that approach, happily allowing someone to click "found" and "attended" for traditional caches even though there are never any "attended" logs on traditional caches. Once you've decided that's OK, then the combined form of the type you've shown works fine and would be just what most people would want.

 

Although one thing you've left out is the range. That occurs to me because one thing that works out nicely about the existing approach is that you are compelled to select a range for each cache type, something that led me to realize that I'm only interested in new traditional caches that are relatively close, but I like to see new puzzle caches even if they're quite a distance away.

 

Excellent input -- thanks!

 

I am guessing that if they have a PQ selection screen that allows you to simultaneously select "Caches I Found" and "Caches I Haven't Found" then having checkboxes for log types on caches that don't support them won't break anything.

 

Below are the changes you described, except for the "range" part. This is omitted because it, and everything below the section I have mocked up, would stay the same as-is.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

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I'd like to see an option (with radio buttons) to receive text notification, email notifications, both or none. List this option for all lists, owned caches & trackables, and new caches.

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Looks good to me. "Cache types to watch:" obviously, and "Log types to watch:" instead of "Events to watch:", since "event" means something else in geocaching.

 

I was going to make exactly the same suggestion.

 

And there's a bug in your page: you left out the log types for events. I point this out because I think this omission underscores why the existing interface isn't like this: the existing interface tries hard to avoid allowing you to select log types that don't apply to the cache type, and my guess is that's why each cache type has to be entered individually. I recommend abandoning that approach, happily allowing someone to click "found" and "attended" for traditional caches even though there are never any "attended" logs on traditional caches. Once you've decided that's OK, then the combined form of the type you've shown works fine and would be just what most people would want.

 

That's the beauty of using this sort of approach to development. Using a mockup of what the screens might look like, users can identify bugs in the design *before* it's implemented.

 

Although one thing you've left out is the range. That occurs to me because one thing that works out nicely about the existing approach is that you are compelled to select a range for each cache type, something that led me to realize that I'm only interested in new traditional caches that are relatively close, but I like to see new puzzle caches even if they're quite a distance away.

 

Rather than include a range, another approach would be to first select a location and radius, then create the notification criteria for each location. For example, I might want notifications of all cache types within 50 miles of my home location, and also create a notification with just traditional, multis, and events for some other location I might be visiting.

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If we're designing the ideal notification system, then what I'd love to see is the ability to choose a geopolitical region in addition to a range.

As an example, here's where I live in far-southwestern Canada:

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Literally everything south or east of the city is the United States (Washington state), separated from me by bodies of water. My home notifications frequently pick up caches over in the US, which I don't really care about (the ferries aren't cheap!). If I could limit the notifications to my province of British Columbia in the same way that I can with PQs, I wouldn't get these unwanted notifications anymore. I suspect there are many other cachers with situations where they want to restrict their notifications to a province/state/country.

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Yes, this would be nice. I always wondered why the system only allowed us to pick one cache type under each notification.

 

Hopefully we'll get a response from gc.com letting us know if it can or can't be initiated.

 

You've also got Took Photo based on webcam caches.

 

Given "took photo" and "attended" mean the same as Found where a physical cache is concerned the interface might as well state that Attended and Took Photo will be treated as Find logs for the purpose of notification. The only other possible issue is Will Attend.

 

That said if you say you want to receive an email every time someone logs Attended on a traditional cache or Took Photo on an event cache you'll get that. There just won't be very many of them.

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If we're designing the ideal notification system, then what I'd love to see is the ability to choose a geopolitical region in addition to a range.

As an example, here's where I live in far-southwestern Canada:

map-bc.jpg

Literally everything south or east of the city is the United States (Washington state), separated from me by bodies of water. My home notifications frequently pick up caches over in the US, which I don't really care about (the ferries aren't cheap!). If I could limit the notifications to my province of British Columbia in the same way that I can with PQs, I wouldn't get these unwanted notifications anymore. I suspect there are many other cachers with situations where they want to restrict their notifications to a province/state/country.

 

Not necessarily even a province. I live to the south-west of London so the only "obstacle" (if it can be called that) is a very dense urban area.

 

A cache 20 miles west of me is an easy proposition by bicycle. A cache 15 miles northeast means going through central London, which I have very little interest in doing.

 

By car I can get 20 miles SW in around 20 minutes. 20 miles NE would take me a couple of hours, maybe more. 20 miles NE would probably be quicker by bicycle than by car.

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