New Notifications System Launch - 22nd March 2021

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Your notifications are getting a facelift! Starting on 22nd March 2021 all users will be upgraded to the shiny new system featuring easy access to their preferences, an improved design and more control directly in the notifications panel. We need to permanently remove all existing notifications with this change, so please use this time to check the ones you currently have if you care about them. There are a few things you need to know before the switch-over happens, so read on for more information.


What's happening?

Our current notifications system has served the site well for many years but was starting to get a bit old and tired, plus it's not particularly easy to modify or scale up to fit the needs of the growing community. It really began showing its age in September 2020 when the system hit some database limits which required considerable maintenance work to get it going again.

To remedy this, we've built a brand new replacement system from the ground up with a focus on easier access to notification preferences, a cleaner design and full control of your notifications direct from the panel. While it may not look much different from what you're used to, it lays the foundation for a much more powerful and versatile system.



We've migrated all the notification types you're used to into this system, so you shouldn't be missing out on anything. In addition, it's now considerably easier to add new types of notifications to the site. So, if there are any events on the site you wish you were notified about let us know in the comments and we'll see what we can do!

You'll be able to get your hands on the new panel from 22nd March 2021, with the old system being switched off the same day.

As a quick summary, here are the things that are new (or different) with the upgraded system:

  • Read notifications now remain in your notifications panel - As we've moved all controls for notifications into the panel, you'll be able to see any manage notifications you've already read. Here you'll also find controls to mark them unread or delete them.
  • Quickly toggle notification settings - Just click the cog icon and you can change your preferences without needing to leave the page you're viewing.
  • 90-day cleanup - One of the problems the old system had is that it kept notifications forever. Meaning inactive users were collecting more and more notifications they may never read or at least would be overwhelmed with when they return. We'll now be keeping notifications for 3 months and then automatically clear them from your panel.
  • No more game-specific notifications - While this may come off as bad news for some of you, we've removed the ability to filter notifications based on the game site you're viewing. In a survey we ran in November 2020 ~75% of users did not use this option and the overall consensus was that it would be largely unnecessary if we allowed more granular control over notifications.

As time goes on we'll be iterating on the system to add new notification types and better controls for managing which notifications you receive. For now, we've replicated the "old" system functionality so it should feel both new and familiar to you.


What's the catch?

Unfortunately, the data used by the new system is incompatible with the old system. This means that all of your existing notifications will be permanently removed on 22nd March 2021. We're giving you a heads up now so you have time to manage any important alerts from the existing system before the switch-over takes place. 


We're keen to see what you guys make of the new system and, as before, please let us know in the comments if you have any good ideas for new types of notifications to show. We might even be able to get some of the best ideas in place in time for launch!

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  1. Pickysaurus
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    Post Launch Update 30/03/21

    Following the initial wave of feedback, we've highlighted a few high priority issues with the new system which our developers are currently working on fixing. 

    Priority Issues List



    • Investigate cases where users are not getting any notifications at all (Complete)
    • Restore notifications for "Comments on mods I'm tracking". (Fixed 02/04/2021 - see your preferences to toggle it on/off)
    • Some users aren't receiving "Comments on mods I'm tracking" since the default was changed to "OFF" (Investigating 06/04/2021)
    • Add notifications for interactions with the mod page forum tab. (Update 07/04/2021 - Replies to forum threads currently works but is not visually distinct from regular comments) 
    • Investigate issues with replies to comments in the Image and Video share. (Fixed 02/04/2021)
    • Investigate missing notifications when some types of content are deleted from a mod page. (Fixed 07/04/2021)
    • Fix the incorrect notification generated when a changelog is added by a team member on your mod page. (Fixed 02/04/2021)

    If you see an issue you're encountering above, please know that we are aware of it and don't need any further reports. I will keep this sticky post updated as work progresses. If your comment hasn't been mentioned in the list above, it's very possible we've noted it as an enhancement. 

    Once the bug fixing is out of the way we'll be going through the suggestions and requests you have submitted and compiling a list of priorities for Phase 2 of the release (and beyond). I aim to keep updating the pinned comments here with any new information on this. 

    Thank you all for sharing your thoughts with us and being patient while we iron out the kinks in the new system! 
  2. Clanggedin
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    Now the notifications are no longer grouper together, this is a good thing, you are definitely fixing your mistakes and you deserve credit for it.
    Now, put back the name of the games in the notifications and we're good (also, put back the notification if said content who is uploaded, like an image, is uploaded in the normal share, or in the supporter section).
    1. Pickysaurus
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      Just so there are no misunderstandings, the previous image notifications did not include the game name either:

    2. Clanggedin
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      I don't have any pictures of it before the update, but I am absolutely sure it was displayed, I used it to prioritize which notifications I was looking first. It was along this "X uploaded a new image on Cyberpunk 2077 called Y to the nexus image share area." Also, there was the mention if it was a supporter image like this "X uploaded a new supporter image on Cyberpunk 2077 called Y on the nexus share area".
      I think I recall that the name wasn't displayed if you were already on the page of said game, but I'm not really sure.

      And it was also absolutely present in the notification system from before the website update of last year, system who, as I repeated several times, was already perfect and did not need any modifications.

      Anyway, it definitely was, I wouldn't waste my time complaining about the disparition of a feature if said feature didn't even exist in the first place, because the disparition of said feature is literally the very first thing I noticed when the update came.

      Bring back the features of said system, and as I said, everything will be perfect, just like it already was before.

      Also, I still don't receive any notifications from answers to my comments outside of images/video/mods, which I should.
    3. Pickysaurus
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      The screenshot I provided was taken from the deactivated notifications page, which shows the messages the way they used to look. The game name was not included. I do agree it would help with context, but it's not a "missing feature" it's more a "desired enhancement". I don't track many authors, but FlashShifter is one of the few I track who posts images - I only know it's for Stardew Valley because that's the only game he posts mods for. For now, you can hover your mouse over the notification and see the web address in the bottom left of your browser to give you a basic indication of the game. 

      As I said in the pinned comment, I'll keep everyone as updated as I can as we keep iterate through this project. 
    4. Clanggedin
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      I must be crazy then.

      Anyway, it appears I was mistaken when I said the notifications were no longer grouper: they still are, and are still as of April 11th, and it is exactly as obnoxious, bothersome, tedious, and infuriating as it was two weeks ago.
      Since the update, I have noticed a significant drop in views and endorsements of my images, and while it could be caused by the images themselves not being liked, it is much more likely than it is because if I post several times a day, or over several days, and the people who track me have not opened the notifications at the moment I posted, they only get a grouped menu which lead them to my profile where they will have to manually check themselves what's new, which is terrible design, as I already stated in an earlier post; and of course, it also means I do get grouper notifications for people I track, which makes much harder for me to see what they did.

      As for now, I am refraining myself from posting, and limit my uploads at only one per day, because I know no one will look at it if they get grouper notifications.

      This issue ought to be fixed as soon as possible, really.
    5. ista3
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      I agree,
      This grouping of posts and then being directed to a profile page is just a complete waste of time.
    6. Pickysaurus
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      I am pretty sure they were grouped before? It looks like URL is malformed for the images tab of their profile page where it's meant to be pointing.

      Once on that tab, images are usually sorted from newest to oldest so it should be easy to see which ones are new. 
    7. Clanggedin
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      Ok no. The images were NOT grouped before. I can admit I was wrong about the name of the game being displayed before the update (Though it remains a fact that they WERE displayed before the website update from last year), but no, this time, I'm not: the image notifications never were grouped; if someone you were tracking was uploading an image, the notification was telling you "X has uploaded an image called Y at the image share section", if X was uploading another image, or set, whatever, then there was another whole line of notification added, and clicking on said notifications was leading you directly to said image, which is the whole point of being notified in the first place: each notification was individually pointing to an individual image set, which is no longer the case as of today because of that ridiculously designed grouped notifications, which, I already explained, is the exact opposite of what user-friendly design stands for.

      However, notifications of comments, be it on a mod or an image, were indeed grouped, you just had the "You have X number of new messages on your Y image or mod", and on that matter, the current update hasn't changed anything about it, and I have personally have no complaints either about that specific grouping of answers.
    8. ista3
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      I fully agree, before the ''facelift'' if xyz uploaded two images, you would get two notifications each leading you directly to the image

      Now what you get is one notification saying xyz has uploaded two images and now it seems you get directed to their images page, not the image(s) for the notification.

      Having to delete 20 notifications with 40 clicks is just a joke.
    9. Pickysaurus
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      I'm not sure this is a particularly big problem, just because the old system did it one way doesn't mean it's correct. The new groups will (once the latest bug fixes are deployed) link you to the images tab on the user profile, from there you can see the titles of each image and they are automatically sorted newest first. Essentially this is a more efficient way of delivering the same information. 
  3. LPlates
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    Ok, notifications are back :) (I think all...)
    Last step - one click delete of A notification and all is well :)
    1. Wolfpack49
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      +1
    2. Madrias
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      Agreed.  I like keeping my notifications panel clean, but...  I'm not going to click twice for every notification I want to get rid of, so I've been leaving them grayed out.

      I used to solve that problem by opening the main panel that we no longer have and just deleting all notifications, but that's no longer an option, and I don't need a simple "Mark as Read" button.
    3. BrutusVP47
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      I concur, this system of having to go through two steps toremove a notification is ludicrous, especially as the drop down is redundant. The
      drop down has two choices “Mark as Read” and “Remove this notification”. “Mark
      as read” is already a click button, why can’t the drop down just be another
      click button, “Remove this notification”. I would also prefer a Remove all notifications
      option….Please!!
    4. Wolfpack49
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      The following would be a great improvement:

      1. Remove the "3-vertical-dots" dropdown menu
      2. Add the "X" to the right of the large "mark as read" dot - selecting X is a one-click delete of the notification
      3. Make the large "mark as read" dot a toggle.  Selecting it marks the notification as read and grays it out.  Selecting it again marks the notifiction as unread and colors the notification and dot again. 
      Fewer clicks all around and fast access to the primary actions needed for notifications.

      Thanks for bringing back Comments on Tracked Mods -- this has helped immensely.
  4. xstalkermitchx
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    If have just two minor "issues" with the new notifications:

    1.)
    Why are image uploades "summarized" or grouped together when there is more than one image upload from on author?

    Example:


    2.)
    The link "https://nexusmods.com/users/33291605?user+images" (from the example notification above) does not work, it only goes to the authors "About Me" page.

    Both of these have the consequence of looking for the uploaded images by yourself after browsing to one of the image categories where the images might be uploaded to.
    1. Pickysaurus
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      Thanks, it looks like that URL is missing the "?tab=" before the "user+images" to open the right tab. 
    2. Pickysaurus
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      The fix for that link has been approved. It will be updated soon. 
  5. lazman555
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    fyi, this still keeps happening
  6. Sebastjin
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    Could we please have a single button/click to remove the update/mark as read together?

    I don't like marking something as read yet it stays there until I have to click twice to have it removed entirely.
  7. ShaggyMonster
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    Hi, will the "view all comments" option be returning? I found that incredibly useful for reading through high numbers of notifications.
  8. Wolfpack49
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    Looks like the old notifications page is no longer working for tracked mods, either.  Comment made at 2:42 today on SSE Engine Fixes and does not appear in notifications there, or in the dropdown.  The 2nd bullet in the sticky post above is incorrect -- it was "unfixed" with the change to default tracked mod notifications to OFF on April 3.
    1. Pickysaurus
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      We haven't made any changes to the old system at all. So it may just be that the comment you're referring to did not generate any kind of notification for some reason. 
    2. Wolfpack49
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      No notifications for tracked mods have appeared on the old notification page since yesterday morning, USSEP also had a comment made at 12:42 yesterday for which no notification was generated. It actually looks like tracked mod notifications are no longer working on the old page - it was a good tool to compare with what's showing on the new system, but now I have to check the mod page manually to see if a comment has been added.
    3. Eolhin
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      I commented here 36 hours ago that the old notifications page had stopped showing any new 'comments on mods I am tracking'.  This was confirmed across several mods I support which had new comments, the notifications for which did NOT show up on either the new system, or the old page. *points down to her comment under Wolfpack49's previous longer thread*

      It isn't just that some specific comments are not generating notifications, I have not received a single notification of that type since well before I made that previous post, on either the new system, or the old page, and I track quite a few mods, and know for a fact there have been multiple comments on several of them at the very least.  Your problem is bigger than you think!

      P.S.
      The old notifications page was meant to be shut down...  is it possible that the functionality of it is dropping by stages?  At the worst possible time?
    4. Wolfpack49
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      Update: ok, I have a few tracked mod notifications that are appearing in the dropdown now (new system).  Will continue to check.
    5. Katschaba
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      Yeah, well it is interesting I am getting notifications for comments on tracked mods for some mods. And not for other. No idea what is the difference between those mods, as they are most of the time from the same game.

      And I for one check updates to my tracked content here on the game specific page - not on the old notification page. This is quicker for me to check than go manually to each mod pages. And if I am interested in the content I can just click on the link to redirect me. But yeah.... it is still tedious.

    6. Eolhin
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      @Katschaba
      Huh, I did not know that included comments on tracked mods, as well as files and updates.  Thanks.  Still tedious, and each games has to be checked separately, but a lot better than nothing.
    7. LiloLila
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      same here. Since the comments in the new system are enabled I had to compare it with the old "all notifications" page. The new system only shows 1/2-2/3 of all comment notifications. Normal one day of not checking will get me round about 10 sometimes 20 unnseen commment notifications about multiple new comments per mod. The new comments notification system was always sus for showing me only 4 or 5 of these notes for the same time periode. And the old page was proving that the new system doesn't work. Or at least not reliably. But now the old page doesn't update for over 24 hours anymore and idk what notifications I am missing. And checking every tracked mod manualy every day is no solution.
    8. Wolfpack49
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      Thanks for that tip on the tracked mods tab -- I had never seen that, so a good fallback option if the notifications page is going away.

      On a happier note -- I see the tracked mods notifications are now flowing in the new system (dropdown) as of this morning.  Fingers crossed it will stay that way.
    9. Eolhin
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      Yes, I have received three notifications of comments on tracked mods already today.  Let us hope it is actually fixed, and reliable now, not skipping some.  *crosses fingers*
    10. Katschaba
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      Oh, I am hopefull too I am seeing more traffic in my notifications now
    11. m1sf1t711
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      Likewise :-) Fingers crossed this is fixed now :-)
    12. Talyna23
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      Looking good on my side atm...
    13. Katschaba
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      Hm, so I stopped getting notifications on comments on mods I am tracking again today. But I noticed that the settings was turned off again... So I turned it back on and will see if it will work this time
  9. m1sf1t711
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    Just want to report in the ongoing failure of notifications scenario, for the first time yesterday I've spotted that new files were added to a mod I track and I didn't get a notification.

    On average I'm getting maybe 2 comments notifications appear each time I log in but I don't think I've had a files update notification fail before :-/ I can see from the old notifications list that there are still a number of comments notifications not coming through and the ones I do get don't even appear to be consecutive on that old list.
  10. LiloLila
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    "Restore notifications for "Comments on mods I'm tracking". (Fixed 02/04/2021 - see your preferences to toggle it on/off)"
    Idk if this is working as intendet. Till some hours ago the pop up menu wasn't showing all notifications about new comments (I have comment notifications enabled) and I always had to check the https://www.nexusmods.com/notifications/ side if some are missing. Turn out 1/2 to 2/3 of them wheren't showing in the pop up menu. Means I had to go manually to the mods to see the new comments since I couldn't click on them on this side since the update.

    But for some hours now this side won't update and I can't trust the new menu to show me all notifications because of how it worked for the last couple of days.
    I know this is a work in progress system and therefor might take some time till everyting works and got fine tuned but I hope this gets fixed soon.

    And there are some other (compared to that more or less minor) things, I would like to mention.
    It already got mentioned here and there but the pop up menu in its current state is a bit user unfriendly.
    1: Only 4 notifications at once (previously 5 in the old system) are shown and they get mixed up with already seen notofocations.
    Please make it so that unseen notifications will always get shown ontop of seen ones, like before, and increase the number of shown notifications.
    2: if I load more, It will again only give me 4 more and they might be mixed with see ones again.
    Please change that too so taht I don't have to click 10 times to see all my notifications (if I forgot to delete them for some time)
    3: If I want to delete older notifications I have to delete every one individually and also with two clicks. Means 30 clicks for 15 notifications.
    Please add it to the todo list too to overthink this concept once more please. For example adding an "delete all seen" button or switching the "delete notification" and "mark as read" buttons positions or something like that.
    4: The new notification system doesn't show me witch files of a mod got newly added to it. It just tells me that *some* files are new.
    Please change that back too.

    For everything else it was just a matter of getting used to the differences but I hope that these 5 things (mostly the reliability of the comment notifications) will get overlooked and updated soon. That would be nice.
  11. kat1004
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    Will there ever be a way to disable notifications on images that modders you're tracking have uploaded? I don't particularly care for looking at random screenshots of work-in-progress mods, I just tracked these authors to be notified when they upload new mods. Don't want to see their screenshots or other images.

    Also, throwing my voice in with the "bring back the notifications page" crowd. Drop-down is clunky af on a PC, particularly with the "Load More" and having to click twice to completely delete notifs. Feels like the new notification system was designed by a mobile web designer for a mobile website... which is funny because the site itself takes forever to load on mobile, and often ends up not scrolling properly, so clicking something takes me to a mod that was further up or down the page, which just leads to me never using the mobile version of the site unless my modem's down.
    1. Pickysaurus
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      Choosing which type of content you see from your tracked authors will be part of a tracking centre update. It's out of scope for what we did here. 

      The dedicated notifications page is on our list to discuss, however, we are changing it so "load more" calls 12 more notifications instead of 4 to reduce clicking.