Email Notifications for Work Item Changes

Today (April 9), we deployed the latest version of the CodePlex software.

Work Item Notifications via Email

Our #3 most requested feature is Mail notifications to track work item updates. Starting with today’s deployment, you can now subscribe to a work item to receive email. See the bottom of the work item for the “Email me” checkbox For those of you not subscribed via RSS, no more having to revisit the CodePlex site to check the status of your bug or feature request.

"Email me" text at bottom of work item

You will receive an email notification when the work item status changes (example below):

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <notifications@codeplex.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 5:29 PM
Subject: Status updated to Active for Issue: Error when trying to start application [ProjectName: bug#]
To: me@my_email_address.com

User projectOwner1234 has updated Issue: Error when trying to start application.

Status has changed from Proposed to Active.

View the full issue online.

You are receiving this email because you are tracking this work item on ProjectName. You can unsubscribe at the bottom of the work item.

or someone leaves a comment (example below):

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <notifications@codeplex.com>
Date: <whatever time it is now>
Subject: New comment for Issue: Unable to save file [ProjectName: bug#]
To: me@my_email_address.com

User projectOwner1234 has commented on Issue: Unable to save file.

"We’re investigating the issue. Thanks for reporting it. One workaround you can do is..."

View the full issue online.

You are receiving this email because you are tracking this work item on ProjectName. You can unsubscribe at the bottom of the work item.

In future releases, we’ll add the ability to subscribe project-wide for work items. But as life in the agile world goes, one step at a time.

Direct link download

Another feature we’ve added in this release is the ability to directly link to a file in your releases page.

For example, on the xUnit.net project’s release page, you can directly download the xunit-1.1.zip file from the following new link.

http://xunit.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=16811#DownloadId=50312

Downloads Tab

We renamed the “Releases” tab to the “Downloads” tab.

Downloads tab

The majority of the visitors to our site are looking for something to “download,” and may not necessarily associated “downloads” as “releases.” We hope by making this single change will help visitors find what they are looking for faster and easier.

We’re always looking for feedback.