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Troubleshooting Answer Update Notifications not sending
Answer ID 7753   |   Last Review Date 07/22/2019

Why are contacts not receiving email notifications for answers they have subscribed to?


Answer Update Notifications, Customer Portal
Oracle B2C Service, All supported versions


We have enabled answer notifications.  However, contacts are not receiving the email notification when we update our answers.


Below is a list of configuration details to check to confirm answer notifications are set up correctly.

  1. Confirm related configuration settings are enabled
    1. ANS_NOTIF_ENABLED: If enabled, Customer Portal visitors can request an email notification when a specific answer is updated, if the knowledge base engineer indicates that the update warrants notification. Default is enabled (Yes).
    2. ANS_NOTIF_PROD_CAT_ENABLED: If enabled, the dbstatus utility will process product and category notifications subscribed to in the Customer Portal pages. When dbstatus runs, customers who have signed up to be notified about changes to answers with particular product/category combinations will receive a notification email. Default is disabled (No).
  2. Confirm the contact is subscribed to the answer
    1. To confirm a subscription, open the answer within the administration console and select the Details tab.  The standard answer workspace includes an Answer Subscriber report.  
  3. When editing an answer, confirm the Notify Subscribers field is set to a sending value
    1. Answer Notifications will only be sent if the "Notify Subscribers" field is set to something other than "No Change" or "Do Not Notify".  

      Values that will not trigger a notification include "No Change" (default) and "Do Not Notify".  Sending values include:  This Hour, End of Today, End of this Week, End of this Month. 

      Notifications will not be sent unless the agent who is updating the answer explicitly sets the field to another value such as "This Hour" or "End of Today." This field is also found on the Details tab of the standard answer workspace.
  4. Confirm the notification message template is enabled
    1. In order for end-users to receive the notification email, the Answer Update Notification message must be enabled in the site. To notify people that their subscription has expired, the Answer Update Notification Expired message must be enabled.

      Go to Configuration > Site Configuration > Message Templates > select the interface > select Contact Emails > Answer >> confirm the Answer Update Notification is enabled for sending.  If you site is configured for subscriptions to expire, you may also want to confirm the Answer Update Notification Expired message is enabled.
  5. Confirm the notification subscription is not expired
    1. If the ANS_NOTIF_DURATION configuration setting is set to anything other than zero, answer notifications will expire in the date range specified (i.e. 90 days).  Use the standard Answer Notifications report (ID 231) to confirm if a contact's subscription needs renewal or is still valid.  Notifications will not send once a subscription has expired.  

      Contacts can renew their subscriptions from Account Overview > Manage your notifications > Answer Notifications (or Product/Category Answer Notifications).

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