Suggestion: Manual character edit notifications.

Posted 18 days, 13 hours ago (Edited 18 days, 13 hours ago) by Giegue

I had a quick browse and didn't see this suggested anywhere, so sorry if this has been suggested before.

Notifications are great for keeping track of when a subscription has created a new character, or added new art to a page. However, as someone who spends more time writing the character pages than drawing, I find it's worth having a notification system for when a character page has had a heavy text update, such as when the character has been rewritten or touched up and the writer wishes to display that the character has received edits.

Of course, if a notification was sent out for every minor edit, it would become incredibly frustrating when writers have to fix a typo after saving the edit and everyone getting a new notification, and it could also be abused, so I thought of a way to work around that. Instead of having it be automatic, one could use a check box-like option offered under the "update character information" page for "major edits" that allows a notification to be sent out in the same vein as when new art is added.
To prevent intentional abuse of the system and avoid inbox/notif spam, it could be made possible that this option is only made available if there is a significant change in the word count!

A more complex system could be a checkbox for "major edits" and "minor edits" with users being given the option to disable being notified of minor edits. This is helpful if they are subscribed to a larger number of people, and would rather keep their inbox cleaner.
Obviously if someone begins to spam Notif inboxes deliberately and maliciously with edit notifications, that's what the block button is for.

TL:DR Writing is just as important to a character's core as art, and I think that in itself deserves recognition in the form of a notification (but in moderation).

An Additional Suggestion, or is this a bug?: (I hope this is okay to do) For people who create a character on private initially to work on writing them out and touching up the page and CSS. I discovered after nearly 2 years of using Toyhouse that if you create a character on Private, and later move them to Authorize only or Public, no one receives a notification for that character's creation. A friend I had invited to Toyhouse very recently was surprised by this. I hadn't realized he'd already uploaded characters because he would create the page on private initially to work on the writing. It's a little shocking that this is the case, and I don't think the solution should be to remake the entire character page on public.
(Although uploading art remedies this issue since the art notifications would still be sent out, my friend is not an artist.)

Thank you for reading this thread :> It's my first post.

I second this! I tend to spend a lot of time into writing my characters profiles and feel like there should be a way that those who are following you can be notified.

I feel this so much. I'm a writer not an artist so although I've upload a huge chunk of characters to the site, they are really only ever going to be fleshed out with written word and not images (though I do try and get art for them.) I'm always super interested in when people have updated their own characters and would love for them to have the option to notify me that they did. (dA, for example, has that box that lets you tell people if things are updated or not.)

I definitely agree with this! I also write, and I like writing things for my characters (when I can). This is something I wish had.

Yes! I support this! I'm usually are more interested into a character's profile than into its art. 

I support both of these suggestions very much!