Feature Request : Mail notifications to track workitem updates.


Users should be able to subscribe to workitems they are interested in, to receive any further updates. That way, they dont have to keep on checking the workitem on CodePlex to see if it has been fixed.
Closed Sep 4, 2009 at 5:57 PM by
This feature has been fully implemented now. You can read about the feature at http://blogs.msdn.com/codeplex/archive/2009/09/04/work-item-notifications-and-recommended-download.aspx


bsimser wrote Feb 26, 2007 at 1:48 PM

There's an RSS feed for new and updated work items which seems fine now. I don't know if I would really want/need a tracker for a single work item with the RSS feed in place.

codekaizen wrote Mar 30, 2007 at 4:57 AM

I agree with bsimser - RSS trumps email for updates like these. It would be nice to filter by criteria like username.

Quango wrote Jun 12, 2007 at 11:55 AM

Well I disagree -- RSS only "trumps email" if you use RSS - and I don't, so I have to log into CodePlex to see if people have added or commented to issues. Email notifications are simple and easy to add. Give people the option!

rstuven wrote Jun 17, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Forums provide the feature "Send me email when new reply is posted". I think the issue tracker should be consistent with that.

Quango wrote Jun 20, 2007 at 3:38 PM

Agreed.. but as a project admin I also need to know when new discussions or new issues are listed. At present I only do it I log into codeplex (once a week perhaps), so issues get left unanswered until this time. email notifications of new issues would great.

bsimser wrote Mar 5, 2008 at 2:56 PM

@Quango: I understand the desire to see new discussions or issues so being able to subscribe (like the forums) isn't an option. However I have to say that taking the stance of "I don't use RSS so CodePlex should deliver notifications via email to me" is somewhat Machiavellian in nature. RSS delivers the requirement you have, email is just a delivery mechanism. RSS is built into Outlook 2007 if you're using that, otherwise there are dozens of free RSS readers (including one built into IE7) so why request the Blue Monster to build new functionality on a different delivery mechanism just to suite your personal needs?

bschwehn wrote Sep 10, 2008 at 12:39 PM

@bsimser: I would like to get status updates for all WI I created automatically (with opt-out) and I'd like to subscribe to individual Workitems, not entire lists. Neither seems possible with RSS atm.

bschwehn wrote Sep 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

as an addendum: I think the feature to automatically recieve updates on certain WI I'm interested in or feel responsible for is really important. For example, if you reply to this WI, I will not read it, because I don't know it changed. I won't subscribe to an entire list, because I'm not at all interested in all the other items.
Sometimes I submit bug reports and patches. I feel sufficiently repsonsible for those items that I'd be willing to provide further information, discuss the best solution of extend submitted patches, but none of this will happen, if i don't see e.g. an request for more information by an project admin, because I don't get a notification.
The need for an email notification more than obvious to me.

koyama wrote Apr 10, 2009 at 1:10 AM

Looks like this has been fixed which is really great!

saraford wrote Apr 22, 2009 at 3:48 AM

In our April 9 deployment, we addressed the primary request in this bug to provide email notifications. This is extremely helpful for a visitor to the project that wants to track the work items he/she opened. However, I'm going to keep this item open until we provide support for email notifications for all work items, including new ones. This will give a way for the project owner to track their project without having to use RSS.

koyama wrote Apr 22, 2009 at 4:31 AM

I notice there is a significant delay on the email notification (typically 1 hour). Is this something that can also be solved? Discussion email notifications are instantaneous which is great.