Why follow or be followed?
I am sure this has been asked before. Sorry about it but I checked through a bunch of threads and still remained puzzled.
When I follow someone, I do see his/her username in a "Leaderboard" with how many XP they have earned. But frankly I have no interest to compete with anyone on XP. Rather, I would like to see what are their other comments about my favorite languages. However, the only function that I seem to have is still "Block This User XXX"....
Did I miss something. Otherwise what would be the point to follow someone or be followed by someone? Would anyone be so kind to explain?
In the past if you followed someone you could post comments on their activity stream, but since the activity stream has been deleted, being followed means nothing. I follow my husband so I can remind him (in person!) that he hasn't done his Italian practice! In the past I made friends with people from different countries and we used to have small (relevant) chats, but now I have no idea what they are doing. Apart from that, the practice of "following" someone is useless and they might as well get rid of it! I am being followed by so many people and I have no idea who they are or why they want to follow me - I think it's become a bit like Facebook friends (I am so popular I have 60 million Facebook friends!) as I have lots of followers who have about 250 points and post things like HI!!??? smiley face. So just ignore it and don't feel obligated to follow anyone who follows you - unless it's real live friend and you want to compete with them!
In the past, you could "chat" with your friends in their streams, and you could go to the Activity tab and there you could see what each of your friends had written or achieved recently. It was great in my opinion.
I had some good friends here but now I don't know how they are doing lately, which is sad.
Good point. In the past, I followed people who were asking interesting questions so I could see them and try to answer them. Now that this no longer works, the point, as you said, is to compete against them in points. If that's not interesting to someone then the obvious answer is that following isn't interesting for them - but different strokes for different folks.
I have followed a few people because I like to have someone on my leaderboard to compare myself to. We are not really competing, but once in a while if I see 'follower X' is 20 points ahead of me, I would then make the effort to study a bit more to catch up. I find it helps my motivation.
Okay, so the activity streams are no more (I joined after they were eliminated).
Is there any possibility of allowing members to click on the avatars of the people they are following to get a list of their posts? There are a number of people whose posts are absolutely stellar, providing an incredible amount of good information, and I would hate to miss a single one of their missives. Unfortunately, their posts may be buried as a response to another thread that i might pass over.