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Wish List - Wish #104


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Michael McLennan

Subscription-type notification about new content

Each user should register their interests with tags, and we could send a digest email once a week or once a month, showing new content that matches the tag interests. The email would explain that if they don’t want to keep receiving the message, they could go to their message preferences and turn it off.

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  1. Gerhard Klimeck

    this must involve the communication specialist that will be hired. How do we make his life easier?

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  2. Stephen Langer

    Good idea. I’d like to receive an email whenever someone posts a question about software that I maintain. — Steve

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  3. Gerhard Klimeck

    I think people should be given the chance to subscribe to a tool to get posted questions sent to them by email. Just like they were a tool developer, they should be allowed to get the open content like questions and wishes

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  4. Joseph M. Cychosz

    I would also like to know if a specific user adds new content (i.e, datta, klimeck, etc.) Also if a new item appears in a course/lecture/workshop (i.e, nano501 series, etc.)

    I propose that the interface be from the “content” page. “Add to my watch list” button on member page, tag page, series, workshop, etc.

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  5. Joseph M. Cychosz

    Generate message when tool has new version if on “watch list”

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  6. Joseph M. Cychosz

    Baudilio has a similar wish entered.

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  7. Michael McLennan

    Another way to handle this is to have a LinkedIn page for, and to have messages come up on that page once a day or once a week announcing cool stuff. People who are linked to that page would get that message. Not necessarily targeted to their interest, but another way of getting info.

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    1. Joseph M. Cychosz

      I think the point got missed. The user should have selection. More personalization of the nanoHUB. I want to know what Gerhard or Datta have published or a new tool verson of specific tools. Not a feed of what “ncn” thinks the cool stuff is.

      We do this to some extent already on facebook. Announce major things. I agree a similar thing should happen on linkedin as well.

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  8. Sebastian Steiger

    You have to ask yourself what a user wants when he/she visits nanohub.

    I presume it’s a specific problem they are trying to tackle, a specific resource they are looking for which is related to their field.

    I don’t know what you guys do with newsletters, but I always throw them in the trash.

    I would suspect that the response to such new content mails will be very low.

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    1. George B. Adams III

      The challenge is to provide wanted information. Make sure the only information delivered is that which the recipient “pulls” from nanoHUB by self-made selection(s).

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      1. Joseph M. Cychosz

        Yes exactly. The key is wanted information and the path to wanted information is to let the user direct the content. Our task is to provide an infrastructure. I think the key word here is “Alert”. What we need are alerts, not subscriptions. Alert me when a new lecture is available in this course, alert me when a tool has a new version, alert me when Datta has put something on the nanohub.

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    2. Greg Lush

      If they are short, I will read them. If they provide a link, I might follow it, but when I get there, I should find a story, not just a resource. That would mean I might want a few sentences of background, history, and motivation for the addition. If that showed up at the top of the About tab of the resource page view, it would be sufficient.

      For my tastes, it should be less technical and more personal.

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