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

by warren |

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!

@bansal_sidharth2996 this old post might be useful for the subscriptions project?

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Thanks a lot. I will read up and start brainstorming now. :-) Just fixing my ubuntu. No write access from a day. I don't know how it happened. Will be pushing code through cloud9 if the problem persists longer. :-)

Awesome and good luck with your computer!

I had also thought we could incorporate the checkboxes for each popular tag into this popup as well, if we could make it look simple. Don't want to overcomplicate! Maybe Subscribe to this post's topics | Select topics + so they're hidden and all checked by default, but if you expand, you can uncheck some? I'm not sure.

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I want to implement this, Subscribe to this post's topics | Select topics + so they're hidden and all checked by default, but if you expand, you can uncheck some. I am working on similar stuff, #4283. Let's finish the backend first this week. Then let's change the checkboxes into better UI.