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Feature #10659

Post to multiple groups via email

Added by Matt Gold 4 months ago. Updated 3 months ago.

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Group Forums
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Start date:
2018-11-04
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Description

Increasingly, I have announcements that I need to post to multiple groups. Though we have an interface that allows us to do it easily via the web, I’d love to be able to send an email to multiple groups via a single email.

I recognize that this brings up all sorts of concerns about spam, but I wonder whether there is a way of restricting this behavior just to trusted users given special permission to post to multiple groups, or some other way of enabling this functionality that wouldn’t open up the Commons to spam


Related issues

Related to CUNY Academic Commons - Bug #8991: RBE duplicate email message issueHold2017-12-11

Related to CUNY Academic Commons - Bug #9235: Better RBE error messaging when duplicate content is detectedResolved2018-02-17

History

#1 Updated by Raymond Hoh 4 months ago

  • Related to Bug #8991: RBE duplicate email message issue added

#2 Updated by Raymond Hoh 4 months ago

  • Related to Bug #9235: Better RBE error messaging when duplicate content is detected added

#3 Updated by Raymond Hoh 4 months ago

It's possible, but it will require some changes to RBE to allow multiple "To" addresses.

Currently, only one "To" address is allowed.

For bbPress, we would also need to apply a patch to bbPress as outlined here:
https://redmine.gc.cuny.edu/issues/8991#note-5

That change is scheduled for bbPress 2.6, but that hasn't been released yet. This change allows administrators to bypass the throttle check enforced by bbPress.

As well, the bbPress-RBE integration would need to support multiple new topic creations. At the moment, only one new topic can be created from an email.

Matt, let me know if you would want me to prioritize this feature for the next major milestone.

#4 Updated by Matt Gold 4 months ago

Thank you, Ray. I could use this functionality on an almost daily basis, because I am often, for instance, sending updates to students in the MA in Digital Humanities and MS in Data Analysis and Visualization programs. My sense is that others need this as well -- I think this feature would be useful for GC Digital Initiatives and TLC, and groups like them, which often post to multiple groups. So, personally, I would say yes to including it, at least provisionally, in the next release, but I would be happy to entertain objections if others have them. Certainly, we will have a lot on our plate for the next release.

One thing I wonder about -- to what extent should we be worried about the spam issue? should there be some mechanism whereby someone needs to be granted permission by a group admin to post to multiple groups via email? We don't have that kind of mechanism for posting to multiple groups via the web interface

#5 Updated by Boone Gorges 3 months ago

  • Target version set to Future release

#6 Updated by Raymond Hoh 3 months ago

One thing I wonder about -- to what extent should we be worried about the spam issue? should there be some mechanism whereby someone needs to be granted permission by a group admin to post to multiple groups via email? We don't have that kind of mechanism for posting to multiple groups via the web interface

We could just give select users the 'throttle' capability that bbPress uses to bypass the "posting too often" check, however this would be a group-wide allowance. This capability can be provisioned with any WordPress user role manager. I believe we have the "User Role Editor" plugin active on the Commons, so this shouldn't be too hard to manage.

If we need something more granular for specific group members, then this will require more work.

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