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Sending mail to tag followers using PHP

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Question related to a internal company knowledge transfer site. Suppose there is a tag like PHP and I want to send mail to the PHP followers when a new question is posted in PHP tag?

Can i get any logic for it ?

posted Feb 7, 2014 by Seekha Dash

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You can use phpMailer class and whenever a question is posted then pick the follower list and send them a mail whatever you want to thats it.

answer Feb 7, 2014 by Jai Prakash
Thanks for this but as i am a fresher so can you write simple logical type query to extract data ??
I dont have your code tables etc, but try something like
1. Find out the tag say "php"
2. Get the list of followers something like "select * from tag_followers where tag='php'
3. foreach followers as follower
        send the mail, refer phpMailer class
Yah this is okey . But how can I perform this on q2a platform with-out hacking the core files . I think we can wright a method by overriding the 'q_post', 'a_post' or 'c_post' events . But there is a problem like if there are huge no of users , it will take time to send all the mails and then complete the required task . Is there any way so that we can send mails at  the background without affecting the core functionality .
No idea what u r talking abt
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