I recently experienced an initially confusing but generally interesting behavior of Discourse, and most of you have observed it in …
To save time, I currently work by email. So, currently I tend to be only active in the discourse topics I have been already active before, which means I have them on tracking or watching.
Yet, since I have email notifications obviously enabled, I got a mail from an introduction topic (the one noted above). I have never thought about it before since we usually have only one topic for introductions and I tend to post there so that I have that topic on tracking/watching anyway (so I expect to receive notifications from there).
But this was a newly created topic and thus it seems that notifications are generally created if a newly created topic belongs to introductions (feel free to correct me if my assumption is wrong). However, since my email notifications are enabled, I thus received a notification email about this topic and had the possibility to answer by email - just as usual.
If you review the topic, you will see that I have re-answered what @vwbusguy has already answered hours before me. Of course the reason for that is not that I deny Scott’s existence (promise ). The reason is that I received a notification email only about the new topic, but because I had then not posted to the topic whereas I also had not manually set the topic to tracking/watching, I have not received notifications/emails concerning posts. So from my perspective (the email perspective), I was the first to answer the question of the topic creator.
Obviously, this is nothing critical and for now we might focus the merge of the discourse pages. But we might keep in mind that it can be a bit confusing for both the “email poster” and the readers of the topic.
On the long term a suggestion could be to cease the automatic notification of new topics in introductions or at least the email notifications if that is possible separately. I like the idea to have introductions notified in the community, but I think that people who post there tend to watch the topic anyway, and those who don’t, dismiss the notifications (likely) anyway.
The other way around would be to automatically make the related topics tracked in order to get notification emails about the posts as well. For me, that would be fine, too. But I guess some people would perceive the “welcome” answer posts to be bothering at some point.
Still, since I am maybe the only one in the community who uses the email posting function, I can also live with keeping it as it is since from now on, I know about the issue But I thought it’s an interesting behavior to note.