Web & mobile notifications

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Een
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Web & mobile notifications

Post by Een » 14 December 2018, 10:34

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Hear hear! There is a new notifications system on BGA!

Previously for turn-based you had to subscribe to emails or to come check if something happened on your favorite boardgaming website... ;) Or when playing real-time, if at some point you went to check another website to look for Christmas gifts while waiting for your turn with the sound off, you could miss your turn! That was quite annoying, wasn't it?

Now we have the solution! You can subscribe to web notifications. Then you'll get notified immediately either on your mobile phone or when using your browser (even if you are not currently browsing Board Game Arena)!

Important note: this functionality is currently unavailable on iPhones/iPads as it has unfortunately not been implemented yet by Apple in iOS (but there may be some hope for the future).

So what can you be notified about?
  • It's your turn to play either in real-time or turn-based (and you do not have the page for this table currently open and active in your browser).
  • A new player joins a table you are currently waiting at (so if you are the admin, it may be the right time to start it!) or has just left.
  • A table you are playing at starts or finishes.
  • BGA has released a news headline (like this one).
Now isn't that wonderful? If you like this, you just need to go to your account preferences in the "Notifications" section and activate the functionnality. Then your browser will ask you to confirm your authorization: say yes! Then if you want to get notifications also in another browser, just go to Preferences -> Notifications again with that browser and you'll get prompted for authorization: say yes again, and done!

Here is an example of what you can get on your mobile device with this functionality: enjoy!

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Re: Web & mobile notifications

Post by LucianObi » 14 December 2018, 15:40

Fantastici questi costanti miglioramenti!

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Re: Web & mobile notifications

Post by bamf226 » 14 December 2018, 19:08

Does this turn off email notifications automatically?

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Re: Web & mobile notifications

Post by fews » 14 December 2018, 20:03

There is a notification system for websites in Safari for Mac.
I would be very happy if you could also include that into the BGA notification system.
For now, my BGA preferences tell me that my browser (not mobile) is not supported.
Is there a chance for notifications on regular safari?
Thanks a lot!

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Re: Web & mobile notifications

Post by Een » 14 December 2018, 23:44

bamf226 wrote:Does this turn off email notifications automatically?
No, because of course you might want both, either one, or none.

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Re: Web & mobile notifications

Post by Een » 14 December 2018, 23:49

fews wrote:There is a notification system for websites in Safari for Mac.
I would be very happy if you could also include that into the BGA notification system.
For now, my BGA preferences tell me that my browser (not mobile) is not supported.
Is there a chance for notifications on regular safari?
Thanks a lot!
Well, we haven't specifically excluded Safari. We just test to see if the necessary objects for notifications are available in the browser. If the preference page says the browser is not supported, it's that one of these objects is missing (or not standard). I'll take a look when I get the chance, but Safari is the new Internet Explorer 6 these days if you get my meaning.

Do Chrome/Firefox on Mac work for notifications?

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Re: Web & mobile notifications

Post by MrKris » 15 December 2018, 01:45

Another great update. Thanks for all the hard work!

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Re: Web & mobile notifications

Post by Himmelstosh » 15 December 2018, 06:04

Great update, atleast i can clean my mailbox :D Good job guys, you are on right way ;)

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Re: Web & mobile notifications

Post by fews » 15 December 2018, 23:56

Een wrote:
fews wrote:There is a notification system for websites in Safari for Mac.
I would be very happy if you could also include that into the BGA notification system.
For now, my BGA preferences tell me that my browser (not mobile) is not supported.
Is there a chance for notifications on regular safari?
Thanks a lot!
Well, we haven't specifically excluded Safari. We just test to see if the necessary objects for notifications are available in the browser. If the preference page says the browser is not supported, it's that one of these objects is missing (or not standard). I'll take a look when I get the chance, but Safari is the new Internet Explorer 6 these days if you get my meaning.

Do Chrome/Firefox on Mac work for notifications?
I am definitely no expert on IE6.
It seems to me that there is a special system for notifications on macOS
and the push notifications are designed for Safari
(https://developer.apple.com/notificatio ... fications/)
Anyway, I would be happy if this system could be included to the BGA page.
Best wishes,
Fabian

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Re: Web & mobile notifications

Post by Krivens » 16 December 2018, 14:04

Een wrote: Do Chrome/Firefox on Mac work for notifications?
They do for me -- at least so far.
fews wrote: Anyway, I would be happy if this system could be included to the BGA page.
This would make me happy too. Safari is my standard browser on the Mac. iOS would also be very useful. You could consider Growl, but not too many people are savvy to that.

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