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RE: Overlay for out-of-date, 'normal' files

From: Simon Berry <simon.berry_at_andromeda-telematics.com>
Date: 2007-05-23 17:31:54 CEST

On 5/23/07, Lübbe Onken <l.onken@rac.de> wrote:
>> Hi Simon Berry,
>> You wrote:
>> > We find, especially with new users that they assume a 'field
>> > of green ticks' means that everything is up to date. I
>> > understand this is a matter of properly educating the users,
>> > but this can sometimes take a while to sink in (our users are
>> > not programmers / highly skilled / highly intelligent).

>> A better solution is IMHO to set up a post-commit hook that sends
>> notifications by e-mail to the user. Then they will get informed *when* a
>> database has changed and can decide if they want to update or not. I think
>> this is better than polling the repository all the time, because I guess
>> that 90% of the polls will tell you that nothing has changed.

>Or, instead of an email, publish an RSS feed. Either way, the basic
>idea is to "push" the update notices out to the users, instead of
>polling to find the updates.

I would be happy with a solution that pushes the update notice to the users. Ignoring the medium for now (email, rss, etc) - could this cause an overlay change ?

Perhaps this question is more suited to the dev mailing list.

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Received on Wed May 23 17:32:21 2007

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