I am receiving too many email messages from my Moodle forum. How do I prevent myself from being auto-subscribed to forums in Moodle?

By default, Moodle forums have optional subscriptions.  That means that students can choose to receive email alerts when someone posts to a forum (by subscribing to the forum), but students can also choose not to receive those messages by not changing that forum subscription setting. If a student is not subscribed to a forum, they need to check their Moodle course frequently, especially when the act of posting to the forum (along with reading entries by fellow students) is required by the instructor.

Sometimes, a user's profile automatically subscribes that person to all forums to which they contribute.  If you are overwhelmed by the amount of forum-related email messages you are receiving, you can change that setting as follows:

  1. Log in to Moodle at https://moodle.bucknell.edu.
  2. You will see your name in the top-right corner of the screen.  Hover your mouse over your name, and click on "Preferences":

    The list of links that appears when you click on your name in the top right corner, highlighting "Preferences"

  3. In the "User account" section, click on "Forum preferences." 

    Forum preferences

  4. On the "Forum preferences" screen, if the "Forum auto-subscribe option" says "Yes: when I post, subscribe me to that forum discussion," click on the drop-down arrow, and change that setting to "No: don't automatically subscribe me to forum discussions."  (Note: while you are on that screen, you may want to change the "Forum tracking" setting to "Yes: highlight new posts for me." )
  5. When you are done making changes, click on the "Save changes" button to send your changes to the server.  We have shown those steps (for changing the auto-subscribe option) in the figure below:


    The Forum Preferences, showing the "No, don't automatically subscribe me" option selected in the drop-down and the "Save changes" button highlighted.


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