Why am I "watching" all forum categories upon registration?
I have lots of unread topics just because I am "watching" every single category - I did not vote for this. How do I fix it?
I did not vote for this
No one did, it's just how the bulletin board works.
How do I fix it?
You don't. To my knowledge the unread button will list all topics that you haven't read. It has nothing to do with "watching" a specific topic, which causes you to get a notification when someone posts something in that topic.
I am not watching any topics because I registered yesterday. I am watching all CATEGORIES. There is a big button in every category which lets me to "Watch" or to "Ignore" the category and even though I never clicked "Watch" in every category of the forum, I do.
It prevents me from watching the specific topics which I am interested in because of how much useless information I have there in "unread" list.
Yes, you're right, I haven't even noticed that particular button. Well, @tekojo might be able to answer this, but I assume it's the default setting for NodeBB.
I am still interested in fixing this.
It indeed is the default for NodeBB, and there is no way to change that for existing users.
There is a plugin that turns it to opt-in for new users. We could turn that on, but it doesn't help existing users at all.
My guess is that having the default as watch categories makes a forum look more active. In our case it doesn't help much, as there are 99+ posts every day.
@tekojo of course it would be nice to fix it for all users but if it is not easy it is not a reason for not fixing it for new users. Basically this feature prevents users from watching categories.
I am fine with clicking through all categories for once if new users are liberated from this.
Asking for this to be included as soon as someone from IT has a coffee break.
Found it: https://github.com/NodeBB/nodebb-plugin-category-optin but I guess IT guys know this themselves.
They had that already looked up.
Our IT is pretty good with node and nodebb. Although I have to say this is really low maintenance. If we didn't have a custom theme, no one would probably touch the maintenance side at all.
did you guys make some changes recently, I would assume in correlation with this topic?
At least I have just noticed that I do not automatically watch my own created threads anymore.
The own thread watching was simple to remove.
The default thread view changing is harder, I'll remind our IT people about it as we are looking at a version upgrade.
@J.Hilk that's probably a bug, you can always modify that behaviour on your settings page.
Watch topics you create
Watch topics that you reply to