On the Notification Settings page, you can choose Email and/or On-Site Alerts for your Instant Notification Delivery Methods. Sites that support a mobile app will also see mobile push notifications as an option.
Then, on Primary Notifications, anything that you enable Instant Notification for will be delivered to the Instant Notification Delivery Methods that you selected in your Notification Settings. There is no way on a per-notification basis to enable/disable on-site alerts or email. They're either on for all, or off for all.
which setting turns off the alerts about new community members?
In your Primary Notifications under Administrative Events, New/Moderated Members is the option that controls being notified of new members. If you enable Instant Notification for it, then you'll get notified on each of your selected Notification Delivery Methods.
which one turns off alerts about new posts and replies?
This depends on which content type you are talking about, but there are a few settings that impact this:
- Email me whenever someone posts to any content I specifically follow.
- The per-content type notifications such as New Blog Posts and New Surveys.
- Each content type also has a setting to allow you to subscribe to all new replies/comments within that module (e.g. All Blog Post Comments).
I still want to receive the emails about these events but not be bothered by an alert.
As mentioned above, it's all or nothing: you'll either need to enable alerts for all of your selected notification options or none of them.
Who was this "feature" designed for? Help me understand; who would want all these alerts?
Many people would ask the same question about emails. Hoop.la gives you the flexibility to choose whether you want an email each time Hoop.la needs to notify you and/or whether you want an on-site alert each time Hoop.las needs to notify you. Previously, the alerts feature was a neglected feature in that there were very few useful alerts the system would send you. Now, the alerts feature has been brought up to par with email notifications so that you can receive an alert for any type of notification Hoop.la supports.
Hope that clears things up!