The API AdventureLog seems to be able to help a player retrieve
the adventure log posts, but I don't see anyway that I can have
them sent emails when a posting has been made.
And it is very important to my players and myself to get this
form of notification.
Unless I misunderstand something, the API would allow me to
create a web agent to read the adventure log, so theoretically I
could write a program that my players could run that would display
new postings. But I seem to need something on Obsidean Portal's
side to get standard email notifications to the players.
When you create or change an Adventure Log, you can notify
players of that in the same way that you notify them for Wiki page
updates (in fact, Adventure Logs are just special Wiki pages): Make
sure their username has a checkmark by it when you Edit the page
before you click Save.
Comments are another matter. I believe that only users who have
commented on a post previously (and the GM) get notified of new
comments on an adventure log.
And this seems more like a Question than a Problem...
This is a real problem. I need the players to be notified when a
new post or comment is made, even if they haven't
commented in this post before. I am going to be telling my players
about the problem, and work on some solutions.
I have been testing the system for most of the afternoon. At
your thought that somebody who had previously posted would get a
notification, I had a dummy user (TriangleGal) post, and then
checked if she was notified (and yes, the wiki box is checked).
I thank you for the APIs which are the only reason I could even
think of writing a mini-server to do this, but it will be a pain
for me as I'm 10 years since I was a programer (I had to quit to
become my wife's full-time caregiver). :(
D. Jay Newman
I can write a program to hit your server once every ten minutes
to get any new posts/comments, and then email the users. It would
put less load on your system (and mine) if you had something on
your server to do this.
To be honest I've never quite figured out how Comment
notifications work; frankly I wish everything on the site--mail,
forums, wikis, and comments--worked the same way (ideally, the way
Forum posts work).
But a hackish way to get around this is to edit the adventure
log itself (you don't actually have to change anything) select
"all" and Save to notify everyone that something has changed. Then
they can click on the link they receive to see what's what.
Unfortunately they will be sent the full text (minus graphics and
formatting) of the actual Adventure Log, and not any comments, so
it's possible they'll just read the email, not click the link, and
not see the new comment(s). I've been bugging Micah to remove this
feature, but he's got a lot on his plate.