Select which blog posts are sent to group
I have a web site connected to a group and would like to be able to use the blog for multiple purposes. Right now, it's being used as a traditional blog and group members receive email notifications for new blog posts. I would also like to be able to use the blog for other purposes (e.g., as an archive of faculty projects related to various initiatives). I do not want to email group members every time content of this nature is added. I'd like the option to mute these group email notifications by category. For example, if I had a blog category called "faculty projects," I'd like to be able to specify that posts in this category do not trigger group emails.
#1 Updated by Matt Gold about 2 months ago
- Status changed from New to Assigned
- Assignee set to Boone Gorges
Hi Gina -- this is an interesting feature request! I am not sure how widely this kind of functionality is desired, but it is the kind of thing we can explore. I'm assigning to Boone to see whether he has thoughts on a way this could be accomplished with our existing features. One idea I have is not to associate the blog with a group, but rather to assign a certain tag or category to posts you want to go out via email, and then to use one of our newsletter plugins to send out an email using only that tag/category. Boone, please let me know whether you think that is an option Gina could explore. And Gina, if you see some reason why that wouldn't work for you, please let us know.
#2 Updated by Boone Gorges about 2 months ago
Hi Gina - Thanks for the idea.
I agree with Matt that it's probably too specific a feature to be able to send posts to groups based on category or tag. This kind of feature would need its own admin interface to manage, which would be complex for us to build and for users to understand.
Another idea is to have a per-post toggle for notifications. We already have prior art for this, in other parts of the interface. Specifically, in group Docs and Files, we have "silent" checkboxes, where you can decide on an individual basis whether you want to suppress the notifications for a specific upload/edit. I can imagine something similar on group posts screens. (The UX here could possibly be made clearer; maybe instead of "silent", a checkbox that says "send notifications to group members?", which would be checked by default.)
Gina, does it feel like this sort of thing would serve the purpose? It would require that you and your team remember to check the box at the right times, but it would also give you very granular control.
#4 Updated by Boone Gorges about 2 months ago
This kind of option would best live in the editing interface, which is currently in flux. See #10849. I'd like to sit on this feature request just a bit until some consensus has been reached about what's happening with the block editor. If we're making an aggressive move in that direction, it makes the most sense to integrate the "silent" feature there only.
#8 Updated by Boone Gorges about 2 months ago
I'm afraid it won't be possible to build anything in the near-term. Definitely not before the beginning of the Spring term. If you're concerned about a one-time addition of content, I'd suggest unlinking the site from the group temporarily, and relinking when you're done.
#9 Updated by Gina Cherry about 2 months ago
There would be multiple additions of content, but I suppose I could link and unlink multiple times, if necessary. Would that cause any problems? I was using a different content type (portfolios via JetPack) for this content, but that caused other issues that I don't have a good fix for.