Updated Email Settings

We have recently added new settings on the Settings page for controlling your LingQs of the Day and Weekly Report emails. You can now decide which languages to receive LingQs of the Day emails for and the maximum number of LingQs to include per language. The Weekly Report is an automated report that will begin arriving in your inbox this week. Again, you can decide which languages to receive this email for.

As always, let us know your feedback. We are going to be adding additional options to the number of LingQs sent in the LingQs of the Day. We will be adding 75, 100, 150 and 200 LingQs as options for all of you keen reviewers!

Both recently uploaded features (e-mail settings and the new lesson statistics widget) are not usability-friendly.
If somebody learns all 10 languages at LingQ and don’t want to receive lingq of the day mails at all, he has to change settings for every language. The same concerns the weekly reports settings. It some setting have a row of checkboxes or listboxes, there should be the one checkbox/listbox “to rule them all”.

Btw, when you will add languages, these lists will become even longer (and they are already quite long). Perhaps it is better when a user adds languages in this list by himself. I can’t explain it right now, perhaps you will understand what I want to say.

An overall change of settings shouldn’t take more than a couple of seconds (one minute at most if you know your way with TAB and up/down arrows).

And anyway it is a wrong decision to make a row of checkboxes/listboxes. Now we have 10 languages and have a string of 20 items. When, for example, 3 languages are added, it will be a string of 26 items. And if you add one more language-based setting? It will be 3x. The majority of LingQers, I guess, learn only one language, two items is enough for them, but they see a list of 20 items. And by the way, when you see the long list of something, you don’t check the end of this list. When I saw these settings for the first time (I updated info in my profile and noticed them before Mark posted this notification), I did not notice the second part at all. Only number of lingqs of the day in e-mails for every language.

If I were LingQ developer, I would do this:

  • one pair of language- number of lingqs of the day.
    It is a listbox, where a user can choose the language. Default value: a language with the most activity score.
    and an editbox, where user can input the number of lingqs for this language.
  • link
    by clicking on this link new pair of language - number appears.
    This time language is autofilled with the second languages that this user learns (by activity score). If a user does not have active second language – by order of languages in this selecting language listbox.
    And number of lingqs autofilled with the number input for previous language.
    The same for 3d, 4th, etc. languages.

If a user learns Japanese, German, Italian and customized number of lingqs only for Japanese and Italian, it means that he don’t want to receive lingqs of the day for German (and all other languages, if he will start them to learn one day).

I had not noticed this change. I went to settings and set up all my emails for all the languages I study. It took less than a minute.

When we are allowed to choose 100 LingQs per email I may go back in there and change one or two settings.

As far as I am concerned, this issue is settled. It may not suit everyone, and may not even be ideal, but for most people I think it works just fine. I would be against spending any more time on it, other than enabling us to choose up to 100 LingQs, which I gather is in the works.

But at least, please, organise it as a table, not as a macaroni.

I mean, it can be organised this way
language - the number of lingqs of the day - receive or not weekly report
the header line: change settings for all languages
Chinese - 25 - no
Japanese - 100 - yes
Russian - 50 - yes

the bottom line: change settings for all languages

You probably have a point Rasana, but one of the great temptations is to try to make refinements on things that work. This can distract us from spending time on things that matter. We deal with this all the time. We have limited resources and a great long list of things waiting to be done. In any case, it is not up to me.

In fact, the settings only show for languages that are “active”. This means languages that you have opened on the site. The new user will only see one language, in all likelihood.

This is a great update, and one I have been hoping for for some time. Thanks!

It might get a bit unwieldy when more and more languages are added, but for now it’s fine (in my opinion). The only suggestion might be to add a select/deselect all option so you don’t have to click every box to choose just one or all languages