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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, 2011 at 7:51
  • Facebook shmacebook.
    – user1228
    Mar 21, 2011 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, 2011 at 14:21
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    – user1228
    Mar 21, 2011 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, 2011 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, 2019 at 14:17

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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.

  • 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, 2011 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, 2011 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, 2019 at 14:15

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