Around 9 days ago there were a couple of interesting questions added. Both of these got a reply (from me, in this case), yet looking at the profiles of both users they've never logged on since their initial posting of the question.

Is there a way to suggest that users subscribe to email notifications for when their question is commented on and/or answered? I assume it's not a default (is it even available?).

It's quite possible that they lost the address of the site (it's easy to forget or get it mixed up). If I remember right there's no welcome email either, so nothing for them to look at to find their way back.


It is probably too late for people who have already left, but discovering the email settings in the Stack Exchange drop-down (top left of screen) was a revelation for me. Users can receive emails (at an interval they determine) describing activity on questions and answers they have contributed.

I found it by accident but I have a very poor record of RTFM so that may just be me.

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    Thanks! I think newbies need a simple "map" to this site - or at least ones like me do. Meta, main, chat, finding inbox, etc - it seems I discover things in bits and pieces. Oh well, my self-esteem probably needed readjusting.
    – Jeni
    Oct 31 '12 at 11:25
  • @Jeni - Good comment wrt newbies wanting a map. Suggest some improvements to the main genealogy.se faq (genealogy.stackexchange.com/faq).
    – Duncan
    Oct 31 '12 at 11:39

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