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LiveJournal's new notifications system [Sep. 5th, 2006|03:02 pm]
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Today we launched LiveJournal's new notifications system to Paid members.  The notifications system will soon be launching to all LJ users, but we wanted to give Paid account holders a chance to use it early.  (Permanent account holders already have been using it in a sneak preview, so you can hit them up for pointers!)

With the new system, you can set up notifications for all types of things including when someone adds you as a friend.  Go to the Manage Settings page to set your preferences.  Also look for the icon in profile pages and journals to track updates and changes.  Just check in to your Message Center to keep up to date on the LJ activity that's most important to you.

Paid and Permanent account holders have the most subscriptions available and also have the extra options to get notified when a user uploads a new userpic and when users add new comments to individual comment threads.  We'll also be expanding the types of subscriptions that are available only to Paid users over the coming months.  Visit the FAQ to find out the different limits and options for each account level.

Please feel free to spread the word to other Paid account holders you know.  The engineers are still working out bugs in this complex system, but if you find something you think we should know about please leave your feedback on this post in lj_releases.

[User Picture]From: spacekadt
2006-09-06 02:32 am (UTC)
you = my hero

came searching through the comment threads to see if someone had mentioned that it was suddenly html or if I screwed something up.

very much with you on the plain text preference. reading html in pine is a bitch to say the least...
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[User Picture]From: d_floorlandmine
2006-09-06 02:42 am (UTC)
you = my hero
[tips hat]
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-06 06:37 am (UTC)
Can you set pine to show you the plaintext portion of the email? (I'm not familiar with how pine works, so I can't point you to the right option, but many mail clients let you choose what format you read your mail in.) We send all mail out in multipart (both HTML and plaintext) and it's up to you/your client to choose which one to pick.
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[User Picture]From: imaria
2006-09-06 07:47 am (UTC)
The Apple client, Mail.app, does not have a per-sender preference setting for plain-text/HTML. It can be changed per-message, but that really doesn't help ;/

I appreciate the effort that went into the multi-part messages, but the ability to choose one or the other on LJ's side is likely going to be an oft-requested feature in the near and far future.
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[User Picture]From: burr86
2006-09-06 09:12 am (UTC)
A quick googling finds this page, which has the Secret Incantation you can recite to force all mail to plaintext. Not sure if that solves the problem (if you only want LJ plaintext, or if you want everything plaintext), but that's all I've got for now. (I've made a note to bring up the issue of multipart vs. text/HTML, though.)
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From: turlough
2006-09-06 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link! I despise html in email :-)
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From: pauamma
2006-09-06 07:28 am (UTC)

Displaying plain text version of plain text+HTML messages in pine

FEATURE: Prefer-Plain-Text

A message being viewed may contain alternate versions of the same
content. Those alternate versions are ordered by the sending software
such that the first alternative is the least preferred and the last
alternative is the most preferred. Pine will normally display the
most-preferred version that it knows how to display. This is most often
encountered where the two alternate versions are a plain text version and
an HTML version, with the HTML version listed last as the most preferred.

If this option is set, then any plain text version will be preferred to
all other versions.

To set it, (S)etup, (C)onfigure from the main menu, then page down or use (W)heris. (This is for pine 4.64, but that feature has been here for some time, so previous versions should work fine.)
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