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Nov 19, 2013 04:14 PM

Unfollow and the blue dot

In a future upgrade I would like to see the "unfollow" feature tied to the blue dot that indicates I've read a thread previously. I sometimes forget what a thread is about and, when I see the blue dot, instinctively click that thread to see what's new--only to be sucked back in to a thread I was trying to ignore. (I know, my own issue.) So now I can conveniently "unfollow" a thread that I've lost interest in and updates won't appear on my profile page. However, that damned blue dot remains to suck me in.

So in the future, can the "Unfollow" feature also clear the blue dot from the thread on the relevant board?

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  1. I understand what you are saying, but I am not sure how that would really work, unless we changed the definition of one of these features.

    The blue dots appear because someone else updates a discussion you've already read. So it's not something you can control. In other words, you cannot take an action to make that blue dot appear.

    Your "My Followed Discussions" (and the associated stars), meanwhile, are completely controlled by your actions. You must take an action to follow something (either post, or press the star) or take an action to unfollow.

    So given that, I think what you really might be asking for is:

    If you unfollow a discussion, make it so you don't see it on board pages, either. Essentially, customizing board pages for your personal view. It's an interesting idea, but definitely not something that is going to happen in the near future. But I am sincere when I say that this is cool stuff to think about!

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    1. re: Dave MP

      Interesting. I didn't mean not seeing the thread at all. I guess I thought there is a way to show the blue dot for me, gaffk, but not for you, DaveMP. I haven't thought too deeply about it, but I guess I assumed something like this happened:

      gaffk opens the General Topics board.
      This triggers code which finds out what threads in General Topics gaffk has read and places a blue dot next to those threads. I assumed this would be stored in a database (but admittedly I was a client/server developer, with very little web development).
      So I guess I was hoping it was possible when "unfollowing" a thread, a call could be made to delete that entry from the table containing my read threads.

      But it seems this feature doesn't work the way I was imagining. Oh well . . . it was a thought.

      And thanks for the quick and thoughtful response Dave.

      1. re: Dave MP

        Dave, I'm taking advantage of your reply here to re-ask a question somewhat related to the original post, and for which I never received an answer previously. Don't get me wrong, I really like the follow/unfollow option that was added recently, but (and this gets to the poster's point), it is impossible to distinguish between threads you have merely followed and threads you have actually participated in. Prior to adding the follow/unfollow button the followed threads could be seen in one tab and the participated-in threads on another tab in profile. Now they are combined in one tab. Is there a way to make the two categories of followed threads visually distinct (posted-on versus followed)? Thanks in advance.