# Question: Looking for input on a simplified "subscribe" design for PublicLab.org posts

warren asked on July 24, 2018 17:06
95 | 0 answers | #16782

We're in the midst of a broader design overhaul for this very website -- PublicLab.org (read more at #ui) -- but we're also looking to get more people subscribing to follow topics (tags) on the site.

As we're moving tags to the upper right, in this issue, we'll have a chance to redesign what happens at the end of a post (see this example post). Right now it's a little busy, but once tags are gone, maybe we could consolidate the social media stuff (which is looking a bit dated) and a line prompting people to Subscribe to stay up to date? Then go right into comments.

Currently it looks like:

But what about something like this?

Reporting in input from @liz -- When subscribing, people may often want to get only one email per day or per week, rather than the "firehose" of everything as it comes. So let's come up with a way to easily switch digests on at the moment of subscribing. Two ideas:

1. when you are redirected to htttps://publiclab.org/subscriptions, show a notice saying you'll get approximately X emails per week. Click here to get only one per day, per week, or per month.
2. have a checkbox when you click Subscribe [ ] so people can say "weekly digest" (or some other period -- see screenshot below)

Other ideas welcome!

A little ugly, but just trying this out!

Also tracking this over here: https://github.com/publiclab/plots2/issues/3219

This is a great idea to catch people at the bottom of a post they appreciated. I anticipate that this is a great pathway for the Blog, for instance. Subscribing to the Public Lab blog is a nice "slower lane" of involvement.

For other types of content i am less excited to see subscription separated from the tagging area. I will mull on ideas to address this!

Just to your last comment, this is in addition to, not instead of, the Follow that's assoc. with tagging!