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I think it's wrong that email confirmation comes hours later after a response has been posted.

Can't the CRON task be set to run quicker?

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That's a bit of an assumption by yourself. Email is not instantaneous and can be delayed anywhere between where it was sent and where it arrives. As far as I know, we send confirmation emails as soon as we generate them - these are not on a schedule. Though it would be clearer if you explained exactly what confirmation email you are talking about. – Oded Oct 19 '13 at 18:52
    
You are right. I have assumed perhaps incorrectly. What prompted my comment is that I got successive emails about responses to my questions 4-5 hours after the responses were posted – sisko Oct 19 '13 at 19:20
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OK. Why would we send emails about responses immediately? There is no immediacy here for most people (and if there is, F5 exists). I thought you meant some other "confirmation" email (getting an email that your question got answers is not confirming anything), so I didn't quite get what you meant. – Oded Oct 19 '13 at 19:21
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Notifications about answers to your questions are not sent immediately.

When asking a question, if you want to be notified by email about answers, there is a UI for that:

email about new responses - schedules are every 3 hours, daily or weekly

You will note that the minimum schedule is every 3 hours, so it is fair to expect that notification about getting answers are not immediate.

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OK, Thanks. I will look into that – sisko Oct 19 '13 at 20:37

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