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A “Friends List” on StackOverflow would be nice

I want to Favorite Users. There are several users whose questions I always enjoy reading. I would like to be able to Favorite them so I don't have to remember their usernames.

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    This request was already rejected here A “Friends List” on StackOverflow would be nice – Adinia Mar 21 '11 at 7:51
  • Facebook shmacebook. – user1228 Mar 21 '11 at 13:45
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    It was NOT intended as a friends feature. It was intended as a list of favorite authors, people who you feel have a consistently high quality of authorship. – dietbuddha Mar 21 '11 at 14:21
  • [I-liked-this] – user1228 Mar 21 '11 at 14:39
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    +1 it would really be nice to have this bookmark user feature to at least go to their questions and answers page. – Aditya P Apr 3 '11 at 18:03
  • This is NO duplicate : a favorite user function is distinct from a friend list. The motivation behind it is the quality of authorship as put by @diethbuddha. No need for the "favorite" list to be public. – Olivier Aug 7 '19 at 14:17

If you want to follow a user, you can bookmark their activity feed, go to their profile (by clicking on their name), and go to the activity tab, for example mine is:


If their user name changes, we'll redirect you!

But...we have no plans to make the site any more "social" than this with respect to following users, that isn't our focus.

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  • Shame. Sometimes you see a comment/answer from a user from months/years ago and have a question for them. Don't want to update the question/comment with an unrelated question. – bye Mar 21 '11 at 11:54
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    I understand the desire to stay away from the social aspect, however it is the higher quality of authorship of those users which makes me want to "follow" them. – dietbuddha Mar 21 '11 at 14:20
  • Yes but what if we want to check on a large number of users ? The solution I found is to maintain a handwritten list of them to check on their activity. Quite painful compared to a "favorite" function (that should by the way be anonymous, no need to know how many people have favorited you). This way, there is NO social media aspect ! – Olivier Aug 7 '19 at 14:15

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