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Recently this new (to me?) button appeared, I assumed I would see it once and when I dismissed it that would be that. Instead it appears on every single page I've visited for the last few days - it's unneccesary, distracting and adds no value.

  1. How do I permanently banish it?
  2. Who do I report this to stop nonsense like this happening again in the future?

I'm not running any type of script etc that would stop the state from being saved.

This is not a duplicate of 345977 although probably related - in their scenario they are unable to close the prompt whereas I can.

Follow prompt

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    Do you use any adblockers, userscripts, browser extensions, some sort of cookie removal? That might interfere with the site remembering that you have already dismissed this popup.
    – Marijn
    Commented Apr 1 at 7:27
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    And turns out it's a four years old bug. Commented Apr 1 at 7:53
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    @ShadowWizardLoveZelda I don't know if it's the same problem or a regression. I've been getting these popups recently on websites that I haven't seen them before (say, before last week or so). I've had a registration on those sites for some time. Doesn't seem to just be about first time visits.
    – VLAZ
    Commented Apr 1 at 9:12
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    @VLAZ good point but still, most likely same root cause. Started bounty on the older bug, in case developer will pop up I'll turn their attention to this one as well. Commented Apr 1 at 9:46
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    @ShadowWizardLoveZelda I don't think it is. The other bug seems to be entirely different: when the notification about the Follow features show up, then you click the Follow button, then it can't close. While this bug here is simply that the notification about the Follow feature shows up at all not that it doesn't close when clicking the Follow button. When it does show, then click the Follow button does clear it which is not what the dupe shows.
    – VLAZ
    Commented Apr 1 at 10:25
  • @VLAZ but it does show up on every page load, so this bug is at least part of the older one. Anyway, I can't use hammer anymore as I've retagged, but did cast reopen vote as well. Commented Apr 1 at 10:34
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    @ShadowWizardLoveZelda yes - showing up is the bug. Not it being not-closable which is what the dupe is about. Digging through the code, closing the introductory popup sets the user flag DismissFollowQuestionIntroPopover to true for the current user. Presumably the popup shows because the flag is missing. This might be because it was "lost" (who knows how) or maybe reset or changed or something. Once set the popup does not show up again for the same site. If this flag was lost/reset/changed somehow, then maybe user flags had the same fate. I think this is potentially a bigger issue.
    – VLAZ
    Commented Apr 1 at 10:48
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    For reference, I'm pretty sure that pop-up has existed for ages, ever since the Follow feature was introduced in 2020. Dismissing it on a site once should mean it doesn't appear again, at least on that site. But a recent change may have caused it to start appearing again for some folks, even if they previously dismissed it.
    – V2Blast
    Commented Apr 1 at 21:54
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    A quick and effective workaround is to write a little local CSS to prevent it from being displayed. This should do it for the current implementation of the prompt: #divQuestionFollowFeaturePopover { display: none !important } Commented Apr 2 at 3:42
  • Thanks but where would you place that css?
    – deep64blue
    Commented Apr 2 at 7:38

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