Subscribing to only my chosen threads


Hi, I’d like to follow just the threads I have posted to and occasionally some other ones. I checked a box the other day—and, I’m sorry, I cannot at the moment remember what box where—and started getting emails I think for all the new postings.

How do I just receive notices for the threads I have posted to and those I may choose?


Chrome on a Mac


Hi Martin,

Click your profile and the gear and you should be able to customize your settings.



Thanks Mary, I understand where to go to set my notification preferences. I don’t understand how to set them to get what I’m trying to get. The language isn’t that clear to me on the Notifications Preferences page. To track only the threads I’ve started or posted to, do I configure the page like this?:



PHONE 847 728 0315 MOBILE 773 717 9695


It’s not just you Martin. This … much like a lot of communication with BorisFX is confusing.
Having simply posted a discussion recently, I am now subscribed to EVERY thread!! When and why and in what universe is it a useful function?!


Let me loop @jps in and see if he can shed some light.


Check the setting called “Enable mailing list mode” on the Emails page in preferences. If this is ticked then you will receive a lot of e-mails. There’s also a setting on that page for a daily summary.

The terminology Discourse (our forum software) uses for this can be confusing. For any topic/category/user you can be either

Tracking: this means you see a badge showing the number of unread posts. It shouldn’t send you e-mails. By default, any topic you read for more than 4 minutes will be set to tracking.
Watching: you will receive e-mails when anything new happens on that topic.

You can see the list of things you are watching and tracking under Notifications > Categories then “Show watched topics” or “Show tracked topics”.


Thanks for the insight John-Paul.

Maybe this fixes it, maybe it doesn’t. That said, haven’t we reached a stage where software can/should be rather intuitive — unless it reinvents some old habit in a radical and better way … THEN maybe people should (be forced to) relearn?



Just so I’m clear on this, selecting Preferences/Emails/Enable Mailing list mode will send me an email when something I am ‘watching’ or ‘tracking’ gets a response?




+1 on Martin’s question.


I have a partial answer for you. Enabling Mailing list mode is key. Once you do that, you’ll definitely get emails for posts in topics that are set to “watching”. If you set a topic to “normal” then I don’t think you’ll get emails for it, unless maybe you created the topic or posted a reply?

Like you I find the Discourse platform a challenge to understand.



Thanks Alan. I have only now gone to check this out. I do already have ‘Enable mailing list mode selected.’ I assume if I deselect it, I will get no notifications, even for topics I’ve posted or am following. And regularly going to the forum and marking any post I’m disinterested in as “normal” would seem to be even more involved than deleting the emails from my inbox.

The pulldown for ‘Enable mailing list mode selected’ offers ‘Send me an email for every new post (about 9 per day)’ and ‘Send an email for every new post except my own.’ I guess what I’m looking for is ‘Send an email for every response to my post or to any I am following’ or ‘…to any I have posted to’ or something like that.

Is nothing like this available? I get enough email responses to this forum that the potential is great I will accidentally delete a response to my own post without reading it.