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Jan 28, 2013 01:52 AM

Stop following an old discussion

When I click on the (View Profile) link, I see every thread I've ever posted in, which is fine. But whenever anybody adds to any of these threads, no matter how old, they appear with the white background, though I've long since lost interest. How can I mark such threads so they appear with the gray background instead? That way I could focus on the threads I really do want to follow and easily skim past the others.

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  1. Or, there should be a way to delete a thread from your profile. I too have lost interest, or had little interest to begin with, in various threads and wish I could delete them from my profile. This is a request that has been made by many people posting here, but has yet to become available.

    1. There have been recent announcements here that this is something the technical team is working on. It probably will increase my participation on those Not About Food threads that I really should avoid... and I'm not sure that's actually a good thing. I currently restrain myself from wading in with my 2 cents on these tipping, etiquette, and other pesky issue threads because I don't want to be plagued with them on my profile. Once that deterrent is gone, I suspect I (and others) will be more prone to post less discriminately on these train wreck threads that you know you should avoid but are drawn to.

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      1. re: Chris VR

        I read that too from the tech team and your point was something I had not considered if the opt out is added. Imagine how many conversations will appear incomplete and how many CH's will be left stranded with no reply because the person they thought they were talking to opted out midstream.
        And now that replies are nested and closed comments has changed in the redesign layout, a third opt out option can mess with the overall flow of a thread.

        ha! too much to think about.

        1. re: HillJ

          Oh, I opt out in midstream all the time - if I've nothing further to say, why say it? :-) But it's a nuisance to have to think about it all the time.

          1. re: John Francis

            I ran across this thread and am posting just to tweak you a little John. We're still waiting for this feature. (I noticed this old thread at the bottom of a new thread in Site Talk).

            1. re: John E.

              Yeah, I know. Every other online forum/discussion group I belong to has this feature, and I hope Chowhound will catch up, but they're in no hurry, if they're going to do it at all.

        2. re: Chris VR

          OH my GOD!! I laughed my head off!! I thought I was the only one. My very first post on chowhound was about how I thought the whole gluten free thing was a ridiculous new fad for people to lose weight or have an excuse if they did not. (Only a very, VERY tiny percent of people are actually true celiac sufferers). Well the 380 plus e-mails, mostly from angry gluten fad beleivers, scared me from posting again until more than a year later and I was really stuck for a recipe. I laughed at your posting, I thought I was the only one who incurred the virtual wrath of other chowhounders!

          1. Every time the cottage cheese one pops to the top I want to SCREAM!

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            1. re: c oliver

              I'm a newbie. This cottage cheese dilema seems like a bad case of black comedy! I'll have to keep an eye out for it and see what the frustration is all about.

            2. There is another thread that suggests that if you find the thread that you are following you simply identify the person you originally replied to. When you then click on their name it takes you to a different page which has a big red FOLLOW icon with a plus sign next to it. Presumably if you click on it it will turn to negative and that will stop the emails. At least I hope it does as this is crazy.

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              1. re: HanSolo

                Following a person and receiving notifications on threads are unrelated functions. Notifications are an all or nothing thing at this point, based on threads you've participated in.

                You can turn them off in your profile -- view profile in the top right corner of the page, then choose settings and then Chowhound, to find the option to turn them off.

                1. re: HanSolo

                  My point about being able to 'not follow' a thread isn't even about e-mail notifications, I've never signed up for those. I just want to be able to delete a thread from my profile.

                  Does anyone else find themselves NOT posting to a thread because you don't want it following you for all eternity? That happens to me all the time.

                    1. re: John E.

                      Yes. There are many threads I will not respond to - ones I know will attract hundreds of responses ever and anon, which if I were to post, will haunt me for the same period of time.

                      1. re: MplsM ary

                        Unfortunately, we probably all learn that lesson when it's too late :) I truly don't want any more ways to eat cottage cheese!