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A “friends list” on Stack Overflow would be nice

There are some incredibly smart chaps around here and I'd like to read more of their answers. Just like you can bookmark threads, is there a way to bookmark other users? If not, it'll be a very useful feature.

Here's the feature description:

User A may go to the profile page of User B and click a link that reads Follow B or some such. Upon doing that, user A sees user B listed on his profile page under a list named Users I Follow. That's all. No RSS feeds, no email notifications are required for following a user.

Is this something you'd like to do?

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No. No, it is not. –  Jack Maney Jan 21 '13 at 23:04
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Each user has a Atom feed for their posts (questions and answers) already. Find it at the bottom right-hand corner of the user profile page.

Look for the little orang feed icon:

User feed link

For example on Jon Skeet's profile page, you'll find that icon at the bottom right and it links to:

http://stackoverflow.com/feeds/user/22656

And it contains:

<feed xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:creativeCommons="http://backend.userland.com/creativeCommonsRssModule" xmlns:re="http://purl.org/atompub/rank/1.0">
    <title type="text">User Jon Skeet - Stack Overflow</title>
    <link rel="self" href="http://stackoverflow.com/feeds/user/22656" type="application/atom+xml" />
    <link rel="alternate" href="http://stackoverflow.com/users/22656" type="text/html" />
    <subtitle>most recent 30 from stackoverflow.com</subtitle>
    <updated>2013-01-21T12:46:55Z</updated>
    <id>http://stackoverflow.com/feeds/user/22656</id>
    <creativeCommons:license>http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/rdf</creativeCommons:license> 

    <entry>
        <id>http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14438652/-/14438804#14438804</id>
        <re:rank scheme="http://stackoverflow.com">1</re:rank>
        <title type="text">Answer by Jon Skeet for Elegant way to give a delegate properties</title>
        <author>
            <name>Jon Skeet</name>
            <uri>http://stackoverflow.com/users/22656</uri>
        </author>    
        <link rel="alternate" href="http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14438652/elegant-way-to-give-a-delegate-properties/14438804#14438804" />
        <published>2013-01-21T12:38:20Z</published>   
        <updated>2013-01-21T12:38:20Z</updated>
        <summary type="html">&lt;p&gt;(I&#39;d recommend &lt;em&gt;not&lt;/em&gt; using the term &quot;lambda&quot; here given that you&#39;re also using lambda expressions. It sounds like you&#39;re interested in the change, i.e. the delta.)&lt;/p&gt;

(etc.)

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I understand that. However, the problem with an RSS feed is that it is an interruption, a distraction like email. Having something like a passive list helps me remember the intelligent posters I might be interested in reading up on without any interruption or distraction to my flow of thought. This is an immensely useful thing to have. And it is a very different feature from usability point-of-view. –  Water Cooler v2 Jan 21 '13 at 14:16
    
@WaterCoolerv2: Plenty of ways to manage that with modern feed tools. This is not a social networking site however; see the duplicate question. –  Martijn Pieters Jan 21 '13 at 14:18
    
Nothing in my question suggests that I see this as a social networking website. In fact, the feature I am requesting has nothing to do with social networking. It is a handy tool for keeping tabs on people who you think are intelligent and you want to read more of their posts to learn more. –  Water Cooler v2 Jan 21 '13 at 14:19
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@WaterCoolerv2: The site is about providing great answers to great questions; the fact that there are some here that produce more great answers than others is a happy side-effect. But since the site is focused on the answers and questions, no features are and will be offered to follow specific people. That is seen as a social-network-type feature. –  Martijn Pieters Jan 21 '13 at 14:21
    
No worries. I thought I'd ask anyway. Thank you for your consideration and your time. –  Water Cooler v2 Jan 21 '13 at 14:23
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