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Don't miss out! How to get an email notification when new trips are announced

Dan Foster

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Have you ever missed out on an NSPN trip because by the time you noticed it on the NSPN forum, it was already full? Do you wish there was a way to get an email every time a new trip was announced? Here's how to set things up so you'll never miss out on another NSPN trip again.


How to Follow the Trips / NSPN Events forum

Go to this page, and click on the Follow button:


On desktop and laptop computers, the follow button is a white button in the upper right corner of the page, and when you hover over it, it says Follow this content.

On mobile phones, the follow button is at the very bottom of the page. 

Once you click on the Follow button, you'll be asked how you want to be notified about new content:

  • [X] A notification when new content is posted
  • [   ] One email per day with all new content from that day
  • [   ] One email per week with all new content from that week
  • [   ] Do not send me notifications

If you don't want to miss out on trips, select the first option!

Now, when you go to the Trips forum, you'll see the button has changed to say Following. You can click on it to change your notification preferences, and you can click the number off to the right to see the other people who are following that content as well. (Useful if your friend complains they never hear about trips - you can check if they have followed these instructions.)


Following Additional Content

You can follow other things besides new trips! You can follow the Trip Reports forum. You can follow the Calendar to see when new things are added. You can follow individual forum posts to keep tabs on a subject that interests you, or a discussion of a particular event you want to attend. Just look for the Follow button, and click it to get email notifications.


Managing Your Followed Content

You can see exactly what content (forums, posts, etc.) you've followed by clicking Manage Followed Content under your profile:



Micro-Manage Your Notification Settings

You can go to this page to tweak all sorts of settings about how you want to be notified when various things happen, like someone quotes something you said in a subsequent comment.


You really don't need to adjust anything on this settings page unless there's a specific type of notification you're sick of receiving. Perhaps the most important setting is the first one - make sure you're subscribed to get the NSPN newsletter - we'll be using this more frequently in the future to let you know in advance about major NSPN events like parties, pool sessions, and big club trips.


[X] Send me news and information Enabling this option will add you to our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.


Please note that there is a global setting on this page for your followed content notifications. It is not a global "follow everything" button. Making a change here DOES NOT subscribe you to notifications about new content or new trips until you actually start following some content! 

Method to use for content I follow automatically (note the "for content I follow" part!)

  • [X] A notification when new content is posted
  • [   ] One email per day with all new content from that day
  • [   ] One email per week with all new content from that week
  • [   ] Do not send me notifications


Now that you've followed the Trips forum, you'll get an email notification every time a new trip is posted, and you'll have a leg up on getting a spot on that really popular trip you've always wanted to attend. As a reward for reading all of this, here's one last tip you can use to get the most out of the NSPN forums:


Bookmark the Unread Content page

Add this page as a bookmark in your Web browser:


Get in the habit of visiting the Unread Content page first, which will show you all of the new posts and replies on the forum that you haven't read yet. Read any of the new content that interests you, and if the remaining stuff isn't of interest (a for-sale item that you don't need, for example), click Mark Site Read and you won't see it again. Mark Site Read is in the upper right corner for desktops and laptops, and on mobile phones it is a menu item on the popup menu in the upper right corner.


If you need help with any of this, bring your laptop or mobile phone to an NSPN event, and someone should be able to help walk you through the process, following the instructions above.

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