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When members import their backlog, do you think we would want to get notifications of those reviews? I would like to see them, but if they had hundreds or even dozens, it might feel spam-like.
Hmm… good question, and I’ve been waffling back and forth on my answer because I really like to see everything, but I can also see where it would get completely overwhelming – especially for people who read really popular books and/or have thousands of books on their own shelves. I think it would depend on two things: 1) how we were notified and 2) whether or not we had any control over which books we were notified about.
Presumably the notifications could be turned on or off so nobody would be forced into them, but people who would otherwise be interested might choose to turn them off without a way to control which books they were notified about. Also, some people might want to see reviews for books they haven't read yet to help them decide whether they should read it soon whereas other people might not
want to see those reviews for fear of spoilers.
If we received actual notifications like the ones we get for new comments, I think they would be more overwhelming versus some sort of a digest. It already gets overwhelming (at least to me) when we get notified about every single comment posted in a single thread as opposed to just getting one notification per visit. Too many notifications increases the risk that we’ll miss the things we most want to see.
My pipe dream would be to have a separate page I could go to on my own rather than receiving actual notifications and/or having it mixed in with my feed from people I've chosen to follow. I'd like something similar in concept to the “Reviews for Your Books” widget on LibraryThing, but with more control over which books show on the list, and without the entire review showing in the list. The page could only show the first couple lines of each review, in reverse date/time order, making it easy to skim through a large list and pick out the most interesting ones. With its own page, people wouldn’t get bombarded with notifications during a flurry of imports. They could just go to the page when they had time and read however many they had time for.
Also, I think I saw you post an idea in another thread about seeing an indicator next to people you’re already following when they post in the discussions. I love that idea, and it would also be nice to see that on the hypothetical “new review” page so you could focus more on reviews from new people you might want to follow.