As of Communities FP1, community members may interact with the community through email using a feature referrred to as subscriptions.
Subscriptions are similar to notifications as members may subscribe when following blog articles, forum topics or QnA questions.
What distinguishes subscriptions from notifications is:
Email Subscriptionswhen following
Email must be configured in order for subscriptions to be functional and for members to reply by email.
For instructions on setting up email, see Configuring Email.
Enable Subscriptions and Follow
The Follow button provides a means to follow entries as activities, subscriptions and/or notifications. Each time the Follow button is selected, it is possible to toggle on or off a selection.
If any method of following is selected, the text of the button changes to Following. For convenience, it is possible to select
Unfollow All to toggle off all methods.
The Follow button will include the
Email Subscriptions option only when a forum, QnA, or blog is configured to enable email subscriptions. This button will appear
On the main feature page for the enabled forum, QnA, or blog
For a specific entry, such as a forum topic, QnA question, or blog article
When email is configured for replying by email, the member who subscribed will receive an email with the posted content and a link to the online content.
If they reply to the email, the content they enter in the reply will appear as content online.
The amount of time it takes for a reply to be posted is controlled by the polling importer’s update interval.