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

This would facilitate user interaction in the Q/A loop, which is hardly "social networking." In contrast with 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?

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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
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    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
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    Check out this answer too; it looks like other people would like to see this feature too meta.stackexchange.com/questions/44618/… – Adam Rackis Apr 1 '11 at 20:43

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.

  • 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. – Rob 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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