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Ability to Watch a project but only for releases #410

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schrepfler opened this issue Jun 17, 2015 · 201 comments
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Ability to Watch a project but only for releases #410

schrepfler opened this issue Jun 17, 2015 · 201 comments

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@schrepfler
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@schrepfler schrepfler commented Jun 17, 2015

I'm often interested in watching a project but I'm not really interested in all the conversations and issues it might have, I'm mostly interested in releases coming out. Would it be possible to have more options under the Watch project button?

@TPS
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@TPS TPS commented Jul 2, 2015

I just sent this to support@ (Maybe this issue could be expanded to include mentioned subscriptions?)

Feature request: subscribe to any specific page of a project

As I mentioned, it'd be amazing to subscribe receive notifications of any page of a project. I'd personally love to subscribe to just releases &/or changelogs to many projects, for instance, but may want to even subscribe to any changes in, e.g., the skins subfolder.

Thanks for an amazing service!

P.S.: I'll track this via https://github.com/isaacs/github/issues/410 =)

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@TPS TPS commented Jul 2, 2015

Just received reply — here's hoping:

On Thu, Jul 2, 2015, 11:03 AM Ivan Žužak support@github.com wrote:

Thanks for the suggestion -- I've passed it along to the team working on notifications to consider.

Cheers,
Ivan

@Gittyperson
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@Gittyperson Gittyperson commented Sep 18, 2015

This would be a great feature.

@TomasValenta
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@TomasValenta TomasValenta commented Sep 30, 2015

Not only great, but required for some repos ;)

@captn3m0
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@captn3m0 captn3m0 commented Sep 30, 2015

An RSS feed for subscribing to a project release would be really cool.

@mkurz
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@mkurz mkurz commented Dec 10, 2015

An RSS feed for subscribing to a project release would be really cool.

This is possible already. For example go to https://github.com/twbs/bootstrap/releases, have a look in the html source of the page. Search for .atom and you will find urls to feeds:
https://github.com/twbs/bootstrap/releases.atom
https://github.com/twbs/bootstrap/tags.atom
https://github.com/twbs/bootstrap/commits/master.atom

So you get a feed with releases with a url like:
https://github.com/USER/REPO/releases.atom

@rvanlaak
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@rvanlaak rvanlaak commented Jan 14, 2016

Did also report this one to Github earlier last year 👍

@maidmaid
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@maidmaid maidmaid commented Jan 25, 2016

👍 the Watch button should look like this :

@rvanlaak
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@rvanlaak rvanlaak commented Jan 25, 2016

Think one extra option between 'not watching' and 'watching' would be enough, something like 'only watch releases'.

@amerikan
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@amerikan amerikan commented Feb 17, 2016

This would be awesome. I always find myself going back to projects to check if there is a newer version.

@vidstige
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@vidstige vidstige commented Mar 11, 2016

This would be awesome. Something simple, like the "only watch releases" suggested above.

@StubbsPKS
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@StubbsPKS StubbsPKS commented Apr 4, 2016

Would also love this. I'm currently using a separate service to watch the releases.atom folder and have that service e-mail me when it changes.

@TPS
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@TPS TPS commented Apr 5, 2016

@StubbsPKS For the record, what service do you use?

@StubbsPKS
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@StubbsPKS StubbsPKS commented Apr 5, 2016

@TPS If This, Then That. https://ifttt.com/

@MatzFan
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@MatzFan MatzFan commented May 24, 2016

This would make GitHub even more awesome - if that is possible.. 😄

@neokio
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@neokio neokio commented Jun 8, 2016

I'm a bit stunned that this hasn't been addressed yet.
There's a "Subscribe" notifications button in an issues thread, by not in releases??
The moment I star a project, I'm interested enough to know about code changes.
But instead, I have to watch, and endure an inbox flooded with issue complaints (80% from people too lazy to RTFM).
As a result, I don't watch projects, and am therefore denied one of the aspects of github that excites me the most: learning when something of great interest has been improved, and benefiting from the authors' great work.

TL/DR The ability to watch releases ONLY would be incredible useful. A subscribe button on a projects /releases page would do the trick, though @maidmaid's suggestion is even better.

@schrepfler
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@schrepfler schrepfler commented Jun 8, 2016

For example, a project like scylla or rxjava can have hundreds of issues between releases. These have literally clogged up my email inbox even though the only thing I'm interested in is releases.

@BarryMode
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@BarryMode BarryMode commented Aug 2, 2016

Seems like a must have feature. I went searching for it because I assumed it was possible.

@julmot
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@julmot julmot commented Aug 2, 2016

If you want to watch releases of a project that is available in a package manager like e.g.:
package-managers
you might have success with the "Subscribe to releases" feature of libraries.io:
subscribe
It will send you an email when there are new releases.
Btw: I'm not the author, maintainer of anything else of libraries.io, nor do I receive any provision or something else 😆

@mozggg
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@mozggg mozggg commented Aug 3, 2016

This would be a killer feature.
I'm a maintainer and watching for project gives me too many messages. But I often miss releases.

@BenjaminHCCarr
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@BenjaminHCCarr BenjaminHCCarr commented Aug 3, 2016

I too maintain things for Homebrew, Homebrew-Cask, and Homebrew-FUSE, it would be EXTREMELY helpful to know when I need to re-package my brews, and write a new ruby script!

@BenjaminHCCarr
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@BenjaminHCCarr BenjaminHCCarr commented Aug 3, 2016

@julmot some of us are the maintainers for those packagers, but we are under hundreds of issues, patches, etc, for the daily/weekly/yearly RC, and then release.

@schrepfler
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@schrepfler schrepfler commented Aug 3, 2016

Really github, it's a no-brainer.

@antgel
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@antgel antgel commented Aug 23, 2016

Is anyone listening? If so, at least providing easier access to the hidden atom URLs would be a start. :)

@rvanlaak
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@rvanlaak rvanlaak commented Aug 23, 2016

Sounds like a no-brainer to me, from business perspective this will lower the shit-storm of insta-archive emails they are sending now for all issues / PRs 😉

@corvuscornix
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@corvuscornix corvuscornix commented Sep 30, 2016

Need this feature as well. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

@Secbone
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@Secbone Secbone commented Oct 1, 2016

+1

@alexblack
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@alexblack alexblack commented Oct 14, 2016

Would love to see this

@jonashaag
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@jonashaag jonashaag commented Dec 1, 2018

This has to be the most badly designed GitHub feature ever :(

@schrepfler
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@schrepfler schrepfler commented Dec 1, 2018

Really guys, please open a different issue, most of us are happy with this.

@schittli
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@schittli schittli commented Dec 15, 2018

It's crazy how fast the Microsoft Spirit took place. It's a shame: every hobby programmer Github notification alternative is much more powerful and useful. Maybe M$ could think about buying peoples, as they already have the service.

It's great that we still have great alternatives.

@schrepfler
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@schrepfler schrepfler commented Dec 15, 2018

I submitted the issue, I'm happy with the issue. The issue is closed.
If you don't like it, submit a separate issue.

@mackelito
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@mackelito mackelito commented Feb 5, 2019

We should be able to get Notifications on both releases and issue updates...
Perhaps have watch on a file? CHANGELOG.md would work for most of my cases :)

@beruic
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@beruic beruic commented Feb 5, 2019

@mackelito as @schrepfler wrote: "The issue is closed. If you don't like it, submit a separate issue."

@mackelito
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@mackelito mackelito commented Feb 5, 2019

@mackelito as @schrepfler wrote: "The issue is closed. If you don't like it, submit a separate issue."

🙄...
...But yes.. you are correct (you smartypants you 😉)

@TPS TPS added the implemented label Feb 25, 2019
@dimisjim
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@dimisjim dimisjim commented Apr 10, 2019

I get no email notification for a new release :( even though I am watching only for releases :(

@AlexWayfer
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@AlexWayfer AlexWayfer commented Apr 10, 2019

I get no email notification for a new release :( even though I am watching only for releases :(

This issue is feature request. The feature is working for the most of people. So, you had better to write to support.

@multlurk
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@multlurk multlurk commented Jan 5, 2020

Please fix this issue "Without adding a message to the release, it only counts as a "tag" and not as a full release". So I do not receive notifications for projects that do not contain a release message in their releases.

@beruic
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@beruic beruic commented Jan 7, 2020

@multlurk IMHO it seems like something you should create a new issue for

@multlurk
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@multlurk multlurk commented Jan 8, 2020

@beruic done #1715

@core-code
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@core-code core-code commented May 8, 2020

can we please have another Atom feed that excludes pre-release releases?

@JamesTheAwesomeDude
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@JamesTheAwesomeDude JamesTheAwesomeDude commented May 8, 2020

This has never worked right for me as-implemented by GH.

Why did you shut your service down before verifying its replacement's suitability, @Richard87??

@Ardakilic
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@Ardakilic Ardakilic commented May 8, 2020

There's another service called ReleaseBell: https://releasebell.com/ , I haven't actually checked though, saw on awesome-selfhosted repository.

However, I still use my self-hosted tool, AlertHub, on a cheap VPS without issues: https://github.com/Ardakilic/alerthub . I get email and push notifications on the releases I set.

@AlexWayfer
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@AlexWayfer AlexWayfer commented May 8, 2020

Why did you shut your service down before verifying its replacement's suitability, @Richard87??

Look at https://gitpunch.com/

I'm still using it for projects which use tags without GitHub Releases.

@captn3m0
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@captn3m0 captn3m0 commented May 9, 2020

@core-code You can run an existing feed with the RSS-Bridge Filter (as a rudimentary Yahoo pipe) to filter out the pre-releases.

My public rss-bridge server has the filter bridge enabled for eg: https://rss-bridge.bb8.fun/#bridge-Filter

As an example:

Edit: This is a hack. Would love if GitHub actually supported different release feeds.

@core-code
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@core-code core-code commented May 9, 2020

@captn3m0 this only works for repositories which consistently tag their pre-releases with "alpha" or "beta". the GitHub Atom feed doesn't even contain the information whether a release is a pre-release. therefore there is no general way to filter all pre-releases. a solution would entail GitHub adding the pre-release status annotation to the feed or creating additional feeds.

@azban
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@azban azban commented Nov 20, 2020

this is now available under watch -> custom -> releases

@core-code
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@core-code core-code commented Nov 20, 2020

nice, but this doesn't address the Atom feed issue

@JamesTheAwesomeDude
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@JamesTheAwesomeDude JamesTheAwesomeDude commented Nov 30, 2020

Really guys, please open a different issue, most of us are happy with this.

@schrepfler Pardon…?

It literally doesn't work. I have not got ONE release notification since Releaser closed down, despite the following being set:

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@schrepfler
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@schrepfler schrepfler commented Nov 30, 2020

Really guys, please open a different issue, most of us are happy with this.

@schrepfler Pardon…?

It literally doesn't work. I have not got ONE release notification since Releaser closed down, despite the following being set:

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Maybe it's something about how you perform the release. It works for me
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@Croydon
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@Croydon Croydon commented Nov 30, 2020

This is not a new feature. It is available since November 2018

https://github.blog/changelog/2018-11-27-watch-releases/

As other people already pointed out, if you want further improvement you should reach out to GitHub Support or at least open a new issue here or post in the GitHub forum.

Continuing to post here well have zero effects. I'm going to unsubscribe from this issue now too.

@Yann-R
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@Yann-R Yann-R commented Dec 1, 2020

Like @JamesTheAwesomeDude I'm really surprised by your last posts.

Concerning the little dozen of github repositories I follow:

  • I checked "Releases" for ages (via the GitHub button: Watch/Unwatch -> Custom -> Releases)
  • Nevertheless I don't receive regular e-mail notification about releases, whereas I receive many other mail notification from GitHub (for instance for the current discussion)

On the contrary, the alternative mentioned above (supplied by https://gitpunch.com/ ) is still working like a charm for me to get release notifications for GitHub projects, while I still wait for a working solution directly from GitHub.
That's why I was still interested in this discussion.

Really surprised... Maybe our posts here will have the effect to find what @JamesTheAwesomeDude, me (and others) could have in common to break this GitHub feature.

Thanks for your confirmation.

Edit. Even more surprising, I carefully checked my mails of the past years about notifications from the projects I follow:

  • as said above, no notifications at all from GitHub about releases that GitPunch gives me for most of them
  • but one project has the same notifications of releases from GitPunch and GitHub
  • and another one has only a subset notified by GitHub compared to all release notifications from GitPunch

Of course (I verified it once again) all of them have "Releases" checkbox enabled for GitHub notifications.

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