This task represents the work involved with enabling people to elect to receive notifications when new topics are posted on talk pages they are interested in.
Objective and theory of change
This work is intended to increase the likelihood Junior and Senior Contributors know when someone is talking about something they are interested in.
Theory of change
We think that:
- If people can decide to receive notifications when new topics are posted on talk pages they are interested in...
- Then they will be able to more easily and quickly identify conversations they can share their expertise/support/guidance/etc. in
- ...and be more likely to respond to those comments in a timely manner.
This section includes ideas for scenarios that will guide the yet-to-be drafted Requirements above.
- Did someone start a new conversation about a topic I am interested in?
- Event 1: Automatically send people a notification when another person starts a new section on a talk page you are interested in.
- What needs to be true for the software to consider someone to be "interested in" a talk page? E.g. they explicitly decided to "Watch" the talk page? They participated on the talk page before? They started a topic on the talk page?
- How – if at all – should people watching talk pages affect whether they are notified when a new topic is added?
- Note: some people watch talk pages indirectly, by way of watching its corresponding article page. In this case, people might be confused/surprised about receiving a notification about a talk page which they may have never directly seen and/or interacted with.