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Could we add a feature to that aggregates updates (posted questions, answers) from specified users? Not a friend list, per se, but something like a facebook-esque 'wall' for followed individuals?

This would only facilitate user interaction in the Q/A loop, which is hardly "social networking." In contrast wth comments on the top answer to this question, I argue that it would only enhance "StackOverflow's function as a question and answer forum."

We already have the ability to star a question, so why not a user? I shouldn't have to mention that, given existing SO features, implementation should be trivial. ;)

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Besides that, you have given a bunch of reasons why we shouldn't consider your request as a duplicate, but haven't given a single reason why you actually want this. – balpha Apr 1 '11 at 19:59
@balpha, there's a huge difference between claiming an entire system like SO is trivial, and claiming a single feature is trivial when it is already largely implemented by the system. That said, it's obvious that some users have a reputation for high quality posts, and it would be convenient to see all of those updates at once. – robjb Apr 1 '11 at 20:05
I've been meaning to ask this exact question for some time. Why is this question being downvoted?! This would be a useful feature; I would love to track Eric Lippert's latest answers. And why is that Jeff-Atwood post relevant? Rob never said re-creating the entire SO engine would be trivial, just that this particular feature would be. – Adam Rackis Apr 1 '11 at 20:33
Check out this answer too; it looks like other people would like to see this feature too… – Adam Rackis Apr 1 '11 at 20:43
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I don't see how they could make this much easier than (or why they would make it any different from) Google Reader. You can add feeds from your browser's address bar (so right from any SE page that has an RSS feed) and read them all in one place.

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I had considered Google Reader, but I hadn't realized it was that easy to add a feed. I guess it's kind of a redundant feature request after all. – robjb Apr 1 '11 at 20:34
@Rob: I forgot Chrome doesn't have that. In that case you have to use the feed link at the bottom right of a user's profile page. – Bill the Lizard Apr 1 '11 at 20:39
I didn't know there was a user feed. Wow, thanks Bill. I guess this would be a bit of a superfluous feature. – Adam Rackis Apr 1 '11 at 20:55
For what it's worth, note that Jeff doesn't think "RSS has a very interesting or useful future." – Chris Frederick Sep 16 '11 at 6:23

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