“Automatically” subscribing members to receive notifications of replies to their posts
The new “automatic” topic subscription behaviour in K 4.0
Changing the user forum preferences “globally”
Will these problems be fixed in a future version?
Kunena 4.0.5 [K 4.0.5]—a so-called “minor” update that was supposed to fix defects/bugs in earlier versions—added some new features. One of the new features, in particular, has caused the community to openly criticise the development team for failing to engage with them about how the project is being managed.
Without engaging the community beforehand, the developers decided to change this setting’s behaviour. For those who do not know, I have previously documented this setting’s behaviour in one of my other articles. The changes were “announced” in the release notes for K 4.0.5 as “Subscribe’s box (sic) is always enabled #3303”; the actual link to the GitHub item was not included in the release notes. Instead it was left to the community to discover the change when it became apparent that the Kunena users forum had implemented the feature. Until questions were asked on the forum, no-one had any knowledge about how to adjust to this abrupt change. The result has been that the change has angered the community with some people “cursing” the day they had updated to this latest version of the forum software.