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I am honored the TLW would ever consider parking her comment on my post so that she can follow what may develop in the comment thread. It's a common tactic around ActiveRain and the greater blogosphere. Maybe you don't have anything to say right that minute about a particular post, but you want to see what others are saying and have those comments delivered to your email inbox. Maybe you just want a little time to collect your thoughts so you can go back and comment later. Maybe you just want to see how the thread develops before you leave your comment, but you don't want to have to remember to go back and find the post later. So what do you do?

You park your comment on the post and check the 'notify me of comments' box. But you have to leave something, so you just say "parked".

Well those sneaky developers of ours slid in a little feature sometime in the last few days so you no longer have to do that. You can just ask to be notified of comments without even leaving a comment of your own. TLW, you are still welcome to park on my posts, we just didn't want you to have to if you didn't want to.

At the bottom of every post now is a check box that says:

'Notify me of new comments'

This isn't just a feature for logged in members either. Anyone can park themselves on your post and ask to be notified of comments. It makes sense, right? They could come back tomorrow and read all the comments if they wanted to, so we are just making it easier for them to keep up with the conversation on their terms, in their own inbox.

Once you would prefer to stop being notified of comments on the post, you can go back to the post and there is a button that will say:


(I must admit. I could be losing my mind. This feature could very well have been around for a lot longer than the last few days. Jeff is the only other one in the office and he thinks he saw it sometime last week. Jorgen isn't here for me to ask him when it was added. At any rate, none of us have written about it and I thought it was cool. I often want to follow comment threads but don't necesarily have anything of value to add at that moment to the post)

(update: I am not crazy!! Jorgen confirmed it just went live this morning.........well I'm not crazy on this one thing. I could very well be crazy on many other accounts :-) )

Update: I guess this would be a little cooler if you still had the ability to subscribe to comments when you leave a comment. Should have that back soon. Right now this is the only way you can subscribe to comments. I'm so out of touch.........

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Jon Washburn
Seattle, WA

Sandra, We are having some issues with Internet Explorer this morning.  The bugs are causing display problems with the comments.  We will have it resolved soon.  I am sorry for the inconvenience!

Feb 21, 2009 03:56 AM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Bob, I was wondering where that option went.  It use to appear at the bottom where I commented so for the last few posts, I've just had to go back for comments.  I see it now.  Thanks for pointing it out.

Feb 21, 2009 04:55 AM
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Hi.  I have a shocking statement to make!  I liked it better the old way!  lol!  Like most people, I hate change.  I keep forgetting to click it up at the post and then I hit submit and it's not done!  Also a question... when I do click it, I get the option to subscribe, but I am usually already subcribed to that person's blog.  What is this button for? 

Feb 21, 2009 05:52 AM
Jamie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Bob - I love this too!  There have been many posts I bookmarked because there was no way to follow the comments if I wanted to go back to it at a later date.  To follow up on Missy comment, I stopped receiving emails after the first 5 comments on a post I wrote that ended up with over 80 comments that I never knew were there until I actually logged into my Active Rain account.

Feb 21, 2009 06:03 AM
Robert Hammerstein
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Bob - Ahh the old internet explorer problems. Seem like there is a new bug every other day with IE7 or above. I guess I gotta go start firefox up again and just use it from now on. It's much safer and nicer anyway. Nice new pic Bob. Thanks for all your help and will be calling you next week about our outside blog. Have a good weekend dude!

Bob H

Feb 21, 2009 07:57 AM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Bob--I saw the box...another cool new feature. Lots of them coming out almost daily from you guys...Do you ever sleep?

Feb 21, 2009 09:02 AM
Bob stewart
Dan Cummings Sorry I didn't login. Left this comment from my iphone. A cyberstalker could come read the post anytime they want. We were trying to make it eAsy for a consumer to follow a thread. Thank you for finding the pessimistic side though and bringing to everyones attention. It is a danger inherent in exposing yourself on the net. A crazy person does not need the ability to have comments delivered to their inbox to be crazy. They can JUST READ THE POST a week from now.......
Feb 21, 2009 09:48 AM
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


This thingy is indeed quite valuable to those who need an extra month or two to comment on something. And, yes, your are not alone in being out of touch.

Feb 21, 2009 01:41 PM
Martin Dorgan
Prudential Indiana Realty - Columbus, IN

Bob:  What happened to the little "Bookmark" icon, at the bottom of each blog?  Even on this blog entry there is only the red flag, and the envelope, NO Bookmark!!!!

Feb 21, 2009 11:54 PM
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Bob - You guys are always coming out with cool stuff !  Rock on !!!

Feb 22, 2009 12:46 AM
wandering joe

nice to see it growing 'round here. nice tool to spy.

Feb 22, 2009 01:54 AM
Fran Gatti
RE/MAX Integrity - Medford, OR
Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity

Thanks for bringing that to my attention.  I didn't even notice that little button.


Feb 22, 2009 03:53 PM
Chuck Willman
Chuck Willman - Alpine, UT

Can you also be notified when someone changes a profile photo? I mean... well... because I'm now wanting to officially track your Benjamin Buttonesque progress.

Feb 24, 2009 12:18 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Bob, I do feel this is a good addition to the already wonderful AR world.  There have been a lot of changes to AR in the short 8 months I have been active.  I must say, I have understood all of them and agree with 99% of them.  Can't wait to see what's next.

Feb 28, 2009 05:08 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

I like the concept of both buttons.  I once, early on and knowing no better, asked to be told about all comments and there were hundreds of them.  I would have liked a button to get it to stop.

Mar 01, 2009 02:38 AM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Update: I guess this would be a little cooler if you still had the ability to subscribe to comments when you leave a comment. Should have that back soon. Right now this is the only way you can subscribe to comments. I'm so out of touch.........


WhooHoo! I can't wait till we get it back! :)

Mar 07, 2009 12:25 PM
"The Lovely Wife" The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


I ain't calling you that :)

Mar 09, 2009 11:41 AM
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Do you still see that somewhere? I thought I changed it back everywhere. Jon had a little fun with my Avatar last week. Hey, at first I was 'Wonder Bob' and my avatar was my face on Wonder Woman's body. I told him I'd play along for a day if he made me 'aquaman' instead. So he did.

Mar 09, 2009 11:46 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

I just read this long after it was posted ... and finally learned what "parking" means .... so that's what it is ~ Thanks for the explanation!

Apr 22, 2009 05:09 AM
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ


First used "notify" me button when I joined 2 months ago - so maybe Jorgen is the one who is crazy!  I learned quickly to use it sparingly because one gets a unique email for each comment. Not an issue on my posts, but I do not recommend it for Lenn, Todd, Brad, you, etc. 

I prefer to use my comment section to check back later - guess this is the parking concept.

Bet TLW will park her cute little bottom any place she chooses!

Jun 06, 2009 10:19 AM