OB Monitor FAQs

Bryan Bartow
OB Monitor
Published in
2 min readMar 11, 2016


OB Monitor is a fairly simple app. Most of your questions will probably be answered in the frequently asked questions below. If not, tap on the “Send Feedbag or Report a Bug” button in the app to send your question or concern. You can also reach us on Twitter at OB Monitor or by sending an email to support@obmonitor.com

Q: Why am I being asked to give permissions to the app?

A: The primary functionality and benefit of OB Monitor is its near real-time alerts. These are sent in the form of push notification on iOS, and you, the user, must give us permission to send them to you.

Q: Do I have to enable push notifications?

A: Certainly, not. But, then, the app is nothing more than a way to launch the mobile version of the board.

Q: What kind of notifications will I get and how often will I get them?

A: You can choose to receive notifications about pinned threads and/or trending threads — those are the threads that have a lot of discussion in a short amount of time. You can also choose to filter out both not safe for work and off topic threads. Depending on which options you choose and the time of year, you may receive as few as 2 or 3 notifications per day up to as many as 20 or 30. You can change these options at any time, or turn notifications off altogether.

Q: What happens if I get one of these notifications and tap on it?

A: When you tap on a notification, the app will open straight to the thread you’re being notified about.

Q: Do I have to pay for the app?

A: The app is free to download and free to use. We are using a patronage model, which allows you to choose to pay for your use and continued development & support. Patronage options are as follows:

  • 3 Months for $2.99
  • 6 Months for $5.99
  • 12 Months for $11.99

It pretty much works out to a dollar per month.

Q: If I decide to support the app and then change my mind, can I get a refund?

A: No.



Bryan Bartow
OB Monitor

I am a technologist, developer, artist, early adopter, sports nut, proponent of humor and defender of usability.