(FYI, here are the guidelines on dups: How should duplicate questions be handled? )
I know that this question has many duplicate versions. That in and of itself should be a reason to pay attention to it. My question is:
Why is it NOT possible to follow somone on SE network sites when it is a win for the user, a win for the network, and a win for the advertisers?
Q: Why is there no easy way to follow someone on Stack?
A: "Stack is not a social networking site!"
Yes. It is. We are here asking our peers for advice. GitHub isn't a social networking site either. I can follow people on there. I can look for a job on here. How much more of a 'Social Network' do you need when you can potentially gain a livelihood through peer contact?
A: "There is an obscure RSS link!"
Yes. There is. But I'm only on this site during Pomodoro breaks and on my iPhone app in the Uber on my way home. I just want a quick way to see what random bits of knowledge I can pick up from other users who I've seen give, or have had give, quality answers that have helped me.
With the new ad revenue they plan to draw in, keeping people on the site longer by letting them be
lured in to browsing other's posts seems a sure-fire way to increase revenue. Plus, as it's been mentioned dozens of times with THOUSANDS of combined views across those mentions, it's obviously something users are interested in.
Heck, I've been learning a lot lately and I'm sure I could ask Stack for advice along the way: if you guys want, I could probably implement this for you. You can find my developer profile by following me on StackOverflow.....