Tue 10 Mar 2015 1:19AM

Feature update: Volume

RG Robert Guthrie Public Seen by 218

Exciting news! Today we’re releasing our Volume feature.

Volume controls how much you hear from a group or a discussion.

There are four settings for Group Volume:

  • Loud - this will email you whenever there is activity in the group.
  • Normal - this will only email you with important activity: new discussions and proposals, outcomes etc.
  • Quiet - this switches all the emails off. You’ll see new group activity on the dashboard.
  • Mute - this switches all emails off. You’ll only be notified if someone @mention’s you. This will also remove the group from your dashboard and the “Yesterday on Loomio” digest email.

By default, when a user joins a group, their Group Volume will be Normal. This means everyone will be emailed when you start a new discussion, raise a proposal, or set a proposal outcome.

When a discussion starts, it will have the same Volume as its group.

By default, when you participate in a discussion, the Discussion Volume will be changed to Loud, so all further activity will be emailed to you. You can change that behaviour on your email preferences page.

Where to next ?

Volume is a key piece of Loomio 1.0. One of the reasons we’re excited about releasing this today is that it brings us closer to a public Loomio 1.0 release.

Volume is an evolution of our notification system, previously called Following, which we've been developing with the input of the Feature Ideas group. Special thanks to everyone who has given us feedback and helped us make this release what it is.


So, what do you think? Do these settings make sense to you? Could the language be any clearer? How do you like to keep up with Loomio activity?


Marianne Elliott Tue 10 Mar 2015 2:33AM

This makes great sense to me and I really love this feature, thanks so much.


Presley Tue 10 Mar 2015 4:35AM

Great work! What counts as "activity" and "proposal events"? Are "important events" just "proposal events" plus new discussions?


Robert Guthrie Tue 10 Mar 2015 4:49AM

Activity is comments, votes, new proposals, proposal outcomes.

Yes @presley I think you're right - If proposal events are just new proposal, closing soon, and outcome created.


Robert Guthrie Tue 10 Mar 2015 4:57AM

@presley Thanks for that question! I've updated the volume dropdown on discussion page to be specific.


Greg Cassel Tue 10 Mar 2015 5:14AM

Congratulations on this grand milestone guys. :)


Alanna Irving Tue 10 Mar 2015 9:25AM

This looks really really great! Awesome job :) Loving the evolution from "following" to this.

I have some tiny text tweak suggestions for the settings page to make things slightly clearer...

  • It wasn't really clear to me what "do not change" meant on the global settings page. When would someone chose this?

  • To change the volume of just one of your groups, visit that group's page. [add] You can also customise the volume for subgroups.

  • "@mentions When someone wants to get your attention, they'll @mention you. If you turn this off then people might not be able to contact you." - it's not very clear whether checking the box or unchecking the box is "off" due to they way this is phrased. Suggest "Email me when someone @mentions my name, regardless of other volume settings" or somthing.

  • "Proposal closing soon. Sent 24 hours before a proposal closes, this might be your last chance to participate in a decision." Suggest "Email me 24 hours before a proposal closes" because it's not 100% clear this is an email setting the way it's phrased.


Robert Guthrie Tue 10 Mar 2015 9:40AM

Great suggestions @alanna.

'Do not change' is necessary so people can submit the form without changing their all groups' volume.

FYI: I'm pretty sure that we can remove the Proposal closing soon option from the email settings page, as those notifications are part of "Normal" Volume.

What do you think about changing "Normal" to "Medium"?

Also I'm pretty much totally certain that we should have "Turn off notifications from this group" in the email footers.


Tue 10 Mar 2015 4:27PM

Excited by what has been presented and the ongoing discussions, Well done.


Carlos Gallo Garavano Tue 10 Mar 2015 6:13PM

Filter Following

With the "Volume" function, disappeared filter "Following" of each group.

Now on the dashboard of Loomio user account, it is impossible to filter groups, that I am not Following.

All discussions of all groups are visible

I suggest restoring function: filter "Following"


Carlos Gallo Garavano Tue 10 Mar 2015 6:47PM

The same situation with discussions (I'm not following) of each group

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