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User Watches

If a user wants to receive an e-mail when something is edited or when new articles, forum topics or (almost) any other content is added or edited, they can create a watch. For instace, for the page Using Wiki Pages in this documentation site, a registered user will have the option to monitor it (e.g. will be able to add a "User Watch" to it):

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1. 'My Watches' User Interface

A user can add watches for many tiki objects (like watching new articles) in the user's MyTiki's "My Watches" page Image :
Main Application menu > My Tiki > My Watches (tiki-user_watches.php).

The user Watches and preferences has several tabs (the number depends on the number of activated features in the tiki site):
  1. Report preferences
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  2. My Watches
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    • As indicated in the image above, you can Select an event type from a list, that varies depending on the number of features enabled in the Tiki site, as well as on the permissions of your user to watch changes on those features or objects.

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  3. Notification Preferences
    These allows to indicate if you want to receive an email with the notification of the changes that you have done yourself to that tiki site. If you keep these options below unchcked, you will not receive a copy of you own changes.
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2. Types of watches

The user can click the click the little Image eye that appears toward the top of many pages. The eye changes to Image , indicating that you have set a Watch.

  • A Watch for a Web page Image (Wiki-based web page) sends you the new page when it is edited, and any new comment when they are added to the page, and replies to those comments.
  • A Watch for a Wiki Structure Image (a structured set of Wiki-based web pages) sends you the name of the new page that has been added to the "Structure".
  • A Watch for a Wiki Sub-estructure Image (a structured set of Wiki-based web pages below this level of the bigger hierarchical structure) sends you the name of the object that has been added or removed to that level of the "Structure" and all its descendants.
  • A Watch for a Content Category Image (a category of content of the web site) sends you the name of the object that has been added or removed to that "Category".
  • A Watch for a Content Category and all its descendants Image (a category of content of the web site and all the other ones below its hierarchical level) sends you the name of the object that has been added or removed to that "Category" and all its descendants.
  • A Watch for a Forum Image (at forum level, tiki-view_forum.php, to watch for all topics of this forum) tells you about new Topics. It does not notify you of replies.
  • A Watch on a Forum Topic Image (at thread level, tiki-view_forum_thread.php) sends you any future replies posted to that Topic. It does not notify you of new Topics or replies to the new Topics, unless you have subscribed also to that Forum.
  • A Watch on Forum Topics & Threads Image (at forum level, tiki-view_forum.php, to watch for all topics and all their replies of this forum) sends you any future new topics and all their corresponding replies posted to them. It does notify you of new Topics AND replies to the new Topics, without the need to manually subscribe also to each one of those topics of the same forum.
  • A Watch on a Calendar Image sends you information of the new events added or edited in that specific calendar. As of Tiki10 (2012) there is no way yet to watch all calendars at once.
    • Note about Calendar Watches:
      Please note that if you have more than one calendar created in your tiki site, you have to deselect all calendars except one (from the list of viewable calendars to be displayed) so that you can see the icon to watch that single Calendar.
  • And similarly for all the other tiki objects that accept "User Watches" Image . See below the table listing all tiki objects accepting them.

Note that site admins (belonging to a group which holds the permission to admin that corresponding tiki object) can also add Group Watches:
  • a "Group Watch" for a Structure Image (to force one or several groups of users to watch for changes on the Structure of wiki pages where that wiki page belogs to).
  • a "Group Watch" for a Forum Image (to force one or several groups of users to watch for all topics of this forum), or
  • a "Group Watch" for a Forum Topic & Threads Image (to force one or several groups of users to watch for all topics and all their replies of that forum).
  • a "Group Watch" on a Calendar Image sends you information of the new events added or edited in that specific calendar. As of Tiki10 (2012) there is no way yet to watch all calendars at once.
    • Note about Calendar Watches:
      Please note that if you have more than one calendar created in your tiki site, you have to deselect all calendars except one (from the list of viewable calendars to be displayed) so that you can see the icon to group watch that single Calendar.
  • And similarly for all the other tiki objects that accept "Group Watches" Image . See below the table listing all tiki objects accepting them.

3. How to turn off Watches

To turn off a user watch, a user can either:

  1. click on the open eye with the red cross (Image ), which then will change state into not monitoring that page anymore:

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    or

  2. go to MyTiki's "My watches" page and delete any or all of your watches.


To have yourself removed from receiving Group Watches:
  • request a site admin to remove you from the group that receives those emails, or
  • ask the site admin to reconsider that group watch
    • Maybe forcing the whole group of users is not a good idea any more once all users know how to enable or disable specific users watches of the objects they are interested in?

Some versions of the Tikiwiki documentation suggest that a watch does not report a change to a web page that has been designated as a "minor" change. Please note that this might not be true anymore.

4. Which sections can be watched

Feature name and linkDescriptionWatch item
Articles
Articles can be used for date-specific news and announcements. You can configure articles to automatically publish and expire at specific times or to require that submissions be approved before becoming "live." In addition to categories and tags, articles include their own unique classification system of Topics and Types.
yes (global)
Blog
Online diaries or journals
yes (global and individual)
Calendar
Events calendar with public, private and group channels
yes (individual)
Category
Global category system. Items of different types (wiki pages, articles, tracker items, etc) can be added to one or many categories. Categories can have permissions.
yes (global and individual)
File Gallery
Computer files, videos or software for downloading. With check-in & check-out (lock)
yes (global)
Forum
Forums are online discussions organized by topic (or thread). Tiki forums feature threaded or flat views, file attachments, moderation and queuing, monitoring (subscription) of particular forums or topics, and full usage of wiki syntax.
yes (global and individual)
Image Gallery
Collections of graphic images for viewing or downloading (photo album)
Note: The Image gallery was deprecated in Tiki 4 in favor of the File Gallery.
yes (global)
Map
Navigable, interactive maps with user-selectable layers (requires mapserver)
yes (global and individual)
Structure
Create hierarchically organized breadcrumb navigation aids for Wiki pages, and also allow printing all pages in the structure and in the same order through an easier way than one by one.
yes (global and individual)
Tracker
Facts and figures storage & retrieval. A forms & database generator, with reporting. Can be used for a bug tracker, item database, issue tracker, etc
yes (global and individual)
Wiki
Collaboratively authored documents with history of changes. Tiki's Wiki has all the features you could want from a first-rate wiki. Ex.: attach files, comments, history, images, warn on edit, page locking, powerful wiki syntax, etc
yes (global and individual)


Starting in 2.0, a category can be watched, and thus you'll receive an email when things are added or removed from the category but also when items in the category are modified. This can be useful for TikiWiki as a Document Workflow or in Project Management.

Starting in 3.0, watches can be assigned to groups.

5. How to enable/disable this feature

You must go to Admin -> Features -> User (tab), and check/uncheck User Watches.


Alias names for this page
Watches | User Watches | User watch | Pull | Watching | user watches | userwatches


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