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As Designed Unfollowing the user who I haven't followed

Discussion in 'Resolved Bug Reports' started by batpool52!, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. batpool52!

    batpool52! Well-Known Member

  2. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    The end result would be you not following them, so I don't really think there's anything wrong with that. (Similarly, you may be able to delete a post that has already been soft deleted, etc.)
  3. imthebest

    imthebest Formerly Super120

    I don't know but it still doesn't make sense... IMHO the system should display an error message like this: "You can't unfollow someone who you are not following".
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  4. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    But, ultimately, it makes no difference.

    You still have to go out of your way to do something the system doesn't automatically allow you to do. e.g. there is no way in the user interface to unfollow someone you are not following, you have to actually type that address in manually or have it bookmarked for some odd reason.

    Although not significant, it's extra code, extra phrases and extra queries required to ascertain something that, realistically, the end user knows full well already. I'd be interested to hear if there is a genuine real life situation where a user could stumble upon this and it cause them genuine confusion.
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  5. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Or just right-click on the link and open it in a new tab or window.
  6. batpool52!

    batpool52! Well-Known Member

    User with slow internet connection opens the unfollow link in new tab , clicks on unfollow but due to his/her slow internet it takes some time to get a response so user stops the page and refreshes it again and so keeps doing it because there is no confirmation or a error saying "You are not following user X".
  7. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    That's still very obscure. But as Mike says, the end result is the same. The user is unfollowed either way.
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  8. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    This would be true if you were following the person in the first place. Chris' comment was based on the fact that the unfollow link only appears when you are following them.
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