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Silent Follow

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Amaury, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    When you follow somebody, if the option is checked, they will receive an alert.

    Now, let's say you accidentally unfollowed somebody or you unfollowed somebody because you lost interest in their content or didn't converse much, but later decided to follow them again. You don't want to annoy them with an alert or deal with, because some people are like this, them inquiring about it for whatever reason. (I personally wouldn't care, but to each their own.) This is where an option to silently follow somebody, despite their alert settings, could come in handy.

    This could be added in the form of a confirmation box coming up after you click follow. "Would you like to follow this user without them receiving an alert?" or some form of.
     
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  2. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    But you do.
    Silent follow would be good but the best would be if they did not know at all that they are followed.
     
  3. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    I'd have to disagree with this suggestion.

    The following alert is controlled by individual members (in alert Preferences). They can choose whether or not to have these alerts enabled or not. To have an option that overrides a user's own Preferences to allow a silent follow IMO is just wrong and frankly is a bit creepy, it's akin to stalking.
     
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  4. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    IMO the creepy thing is this whole following business.
    It cannot be switched off.
    @Amaury has a valid reason to suggest what he suggested.
     
  5. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    I also have a valid reason for disagreeing with the suggestion. I absolutely do not want people following me without being alerted to it. I have those alerts enabled, I want to know about follows, I don't want others overriding my alert preferences.
     
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  6. ozzy47

    ozzy47 Well-Known Member

    So you would rather have people stalk you silently, rather than getting a notice someone is following you?
     
  7. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    The difference between us is that I don't want anyone follow me.
    I do not want anyone stalk me.
     
  8. ozzy47

    ozzy47 Well-Known Member

    But the OP is not about getting rid of follows, it's about allowing silent follows.
     
  9. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    As soon as it is silent I cannot proudly show to you that I'm following every step of you!
    (Not shown in the profile as well)
     
  10. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    Following someone just allows them to receive your news feed and to see that you're online more easily (avatar in the who is only sidebar box). So you can easily solve your issue by unticking "Receive your news feed" in your privacy Preferences as well as your online status and current activity.
     
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  11. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    With that option does it disappear from the profiles as well?
    (Following, followers)
     
  12. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    It'll show that they are following you but they won't be able to see anything so it solves your issue.

    Anyway that is digressing from the OP's suggestion which is silent following ie following with no alerts, which I and others here disagree with.
     
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  13. whynot

    whynot Well-Known Member

    So far it is "I and others here disagree with"
     
  14. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    If you look at my first post in this thread, others have agreed with my points. :)
     
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  15. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    I completely understand the points people have brought up, though I hope people who know me at least know that's not where I was coming from. However, I do see how silently following someone could be taken as such, and it looks like those who disagree would rather receive multiple alerts and potentially be annoyed than not receive any alerts.

    Another scenario I can think of is slight server issues as this has happened to me sometimes. I click like, it's taking a while to submit, so I go to click it again, and by that time the like has gone through and I'm clicking unlike, so I have to click like again. Although on that one it seems to vary based on Mike's response here. Not sure if it works the same way with following, though.
     

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