Hi TYA Answers community!
As you may have noticed, we have been tweaking TYA Answers over the last couple of weeks to try and make it as helpful and as user-friendly as possible.
We are very excited about the latest additions to the site and so wanted to make you all officially aware of them!
First up… the new Follow a Topic feature!
What is it and why do I need it?
Effectively, the Follow a Topic feature allows you to to personalise your TYA Answers experience!
You can choose to follow any topic, whether because you have expertise in that area, because you’re looking for specific advice or simply because it sparks your interest.
Once you have followed a particular topic, you will receive an email alert whenever a new question is asked or a new answer is given on that topic. This means that you can keep track of a topic without having to search the site for relevant information!
There is no limit to the amount of topics you can follow, so you can be as broad or as specific as you like.
How do I follow a topic?
It couldn’t be easier to follow a topic!
Whenever you click on a topic, it will take you to a page where you can see all of the questions tagged with that topic. Underneath the topic, there will be a green button that says ‘Follow Topic’. All you have to do is click it!
If you want to unfollow a topic, simply click the button again.
On the side of the ‘Follow Topic’ button, you will notice a number. This tells you how many people are following that particular topic.
Great! What else is new?
As well as following a topic, you will now be able to follow a particular question. So, if someone has asked a question about CAF that echoes your own concerns, you can click the ‘Follow Question’ button to be alerted every time someone posts an answer.
What’s more, asking or answering a question means that you automatically ‘follow’ that question.
Cool! Anything else?
Well, yes, actually!
We noticed that many of you wanted to follow up an answer to a particular question, or simply to thank the answerer for helping you out.
With that in mind, we’ve introduced a new Comment feature. This allows you to direct a follow up question, query or ‘thank you’ to a particular answerer, whilst keeping the thread itself on topic.
If you comment on an answer, you will also automatically ‘follow’ the question.
How do I stop the email alerts?
If you don’t want to receive alerts about a question or topic that you are following, select ‘My Settings’ from the drop down on the top right hand side of the site and then select ‘My Email Preferences’ from the table on the left. This will show you all of your current email settings and allow you to change them.
So there you go!
As always, let us know your thoughts (the good and the bad!) via the Feedback button.
Finally, to those of you who are about to leave for your year abroad, GOOD LUCK! Please inundate us with your last minute queries - after all, that’s what we’re here for!The TYA Team