What is this?
I know a non-descriptive title...well the description is on the plugin page.
"Community replies by email" is the tagline
So, I created a service which enables an owner of forum to provide email replies simply for their users, without having complicated set-ups or infrastructure requirements, such as mail receiving technology. So you can keep you users more engaged when they are busy.
This plugin allows the emails sent out under your users notification preferences, when replied to, passing through replyPUSH service, and are send back to the community and the plugin processes the replies.
Being a "push" based system means your server doesn’t have fetch messages from us, or require resource to do that. It simply has to wait message to be received like a normal post, and that is what what plugin does.
This is not list serv / mailing list software. It doesn’t pretend to be be. Although he technology available could be used to emulate a list serv, I didn't want the plugin to make Vanilla like a list serv, or make some some sort of hybrid forum / listserv.
- Replies to Discussions, Comments, Conversations, Wall Post. ActivityComment replies is pending on Vanilla core providing notifications for that.
- By default it groups email notification pertaining to Discussions regardless of type of notification under one Subject, and uses special references to encourage "conversation view" in email clients. It does the same for Conversations.
- The reply can be in text or simple html (your default formatter has to be able to process html), it will also process any markup such as markdown, bbcode is the default formatter is such.
- Email templates are provided, and there sig which explain to your users how to reply, namely putting their reply on the top of any quoted message and ending with "/eom" on a new line (without the quotation marks)
I worked hard to ensure that it is as seamless as possible, and there is security linking the account, authenticity and ensuring the roles an permissions of your community are respected, for that user and context.
It is still early days however, and I can't guarantee an unbroken service.
grep is your friend.