Is there a way to stop someone from following you?
I don't mean to block someone per se, but if you just want to clean up your followers. Maybe some are no longer active users or you just have too many. Is there a way to do this?
I DON'T want to be followed except by people I approve. It is quite creepy to find strangers you know nothing about watching you, I have recently spent some time going through and blocking people - I don't want to offend them by blocking them - most don't deserve the insult of being blocked as they just want inspiration - but I want control over my Duolingo account and over who might be watching me, and there appears to be no other way of stopping a follower at the moment other than the extreme measure of blocking, and you have to keep doing it every time someone follows you. Please give us better privacy Duolingo!
There is NOTHING WRONG on feeling uncomfortable if you are followed by someone you do not know. Duolingo is not facebook! I have come here to learn languages, not to collect imaginary "friends". I have just recently started being followed by an unknown guy and I found that he started following a lot of people just with the same first name. This is creepy! I am so happy that there is a Block feature in Duolingo - see https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2373089
This does not answer your question directly, but if you go to Settings (mouse over your own picture in the top right corner), then Privacy, you can unckeck 'Make my account public'. This will make it so other people are not able to find your account and follow you, as well as unenroll you from the public leaderboards. Useful for people who are creeped out by the thought of strangers following them or their children.