Removing users online and keeping only the members i follow

3rd AnGle

Well-known member
Dear All,

I have been thinking if removing the users online (not the entire block) will help in retaining the members in my forum. It's a start-up so when members find only 10 members online, they seem to get dis-interested. I'd like to remove it until it hits 40-50. However i'd like to retain the member avatars whom i follow as that would be akin to seeing friends online.

In short, instead of members online i want to make it friends online like in Facebook.

I am sure this can be done by removing few lines of code but just don't know which ones.. Could anyone help me with this please? I'd really appreciate.