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Pros and Cons of Opting Out of a Thread

HillJ Dec 13, 2013 08:43 AM

Well, I've used the opt in/opt out feature for a while now. And, I'm finding that opting out has its backfire moments. Opting out means that if a CH posts a question to my comment, I won't know it's there. Could potentially mean that CH thinks I'm ignoring them. Opting back in doesn't address the lost moment. I have found the feature useful for super old threads that have lingered in my discussion list but after realizing what I've missed, I'm not totally sold on the concept.

Anyone else finding this opt out useful/not useful or has figured out a better solution to using it?

  1. melpy Dec 13, 2013 08:47 AM

    I am too scared of missing something to opt out! I may have done one to see if I liked it and honestly I don't remember what it was. I love nostalgia though so I am always re reading certain threads.

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    1. re: melpy
      HillJ Dec 13, 2013 09:02 AM

      Um, the "what to eat with cottage cheese" thread has been asked and answered sufficiently (right?!) but on whole I'm not digging this opt out feature nearly as much as the concept tried addressing it.

      1. re: HillJ
        melpy Dec 14, 2013 01:00 PM

        I could probably opt out of that one. Hasn't cropped up in the last few weeks and I won't be changing my mind on how I eat it ;)

    2. jrvedivici Dec 13, 2013 09:06 AM

      Opt in/Opt out = Follow this discussion? Or is there something else I'm not aware of?

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      1. re: jrvedivici
        sandiasingh Dec 13, 2013 09:24 AM

        I'm not clear on the opt in/out question either, jr. Do you guys mean the "follow this discussion," with the gold star or what?

        I often "unfollow" a discussion after about 200 replies (like the baked goods for teachers discussion) as I think everyone has said what there is to be said. It still shows up on my list, but isn't highlighted which is fine because I'm done with it.

        I wish there was a way to completely delete a thread but haven't figured that out.

        1. re: sandiasingh
          HillJ Dec 13, 2013 09:36 AM

          melpy got it but yes, same thing. Yellow star. If I hit the yellow star to opt out of the entire thread the only time I see it again is if I happen to notice it on the Main Page of CH. Which has been the not so great sidebar to opting out..when I find you've asked me a question (one example) but I wasn't aware you had because I opted out of the thread. Just noticed about four threads this morning that apply to my question.

          1. re: HillJ
            sandiasingh Dec 14, 2013 03:20 PM

            So J, you're saying if you opt out by turning the yellow star off, you don't see the thread in your "discussions" list? I still do but it's not highlighted anymore. That's why I wish I could delete some threads from my list. It's getting very cluttered up.

            1. re: sandiasingh
              c oliver Dec 14, 2013 03:34 PM

              If you turn off the star you won't see it in "My Followed Discussions." You will see it in "All Discussions."

              1. re: c oliver
                HillJ Dec 14, 2013 03:41 PM

                What she said, sandi. I don't like clutter :) I never bother opening All Discussions in my personal profile, I'd rather look at the main page of Chowhound.

                1. re: HillJ
                  sandiasingh Dec 14, 2013 04:22 PM

                  I do both, but the main page of CH is where I start. I'm a curious person and like to see what people are looking for and thinking about and I like to look at trends. Plus, I get inspirations and ideas from what I see posted.

          2. re: sandiasingh
            Dave MP Dec 13, 2013 03:21 PM

            Just want to make sure that you realize your profile consists of two lists:

            My Followed Discussions: http://www.chow.com/profile/1115263/following

            All Discussions:

            The "my followed discussions' is private to you, and it will only include the discussions that you are following. So if you unfollow something, it won't show up there anymore.

            The "all discussions" is public, and it's a list of all discussions you've posted in.

            Dave MP

          3. re: jrvedivici
            HillJ Dec 13, 2013 09:43 AM

            Yes jrv, same thing, I'm calling it by another name which when in concept was referred as opt out by fellow CH's.

          4. c oliver Dec 13, 2013 09:53 AM

            Even without opting in, you can still check a thread and see any new and relevant to you posts. My opting out is generally one of two things. Either I had one thing to say and I'll stay around long enough to see if there's a specific question. The other is one of those threads that lengthwise has just gotten to the point that I have no interest. I'll wait long enough without posting that any question to me specifically will show up. I guess there is the one of I'm annoyed beyond all belief and can't bear it any longer :) If someone takes a long time to ask me a question then that's just life. I think it's the best feature ever. Just this morning one popped up and I was SO happy to unfollow.

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            1. re: c oliver
              HillJ Dec 13, 2013 09:57 AM

              Okay, that works for me. Thanks c.

              1. re: c oliver
                HillJ Dec 13, 2013 03:17 PM

                I'm realizing that I don't use the All Discussions tab in my personal profile. I use the Chowhound Main Page. That's one of the reasons I don't catch new entries when I've opted out of a thread.

              2. Dave MP Dec 13, 2013 03:24 PM

                I personally don't tend to "unfollow" or "opt-out" of any discussions. I think I've only done it once or twice. Like melpy, I like being able to keep track of what happens in a discussion after I've posted.

                I frequently 'follow' discussions that I don't participate in, since I want to see what people will say and I like having it show up in "My Followed Discussions"

                The 'unfollow/opt-out' feature is something many users have been requesting for a long time. It's definitely useful if you're someone who gets emails about every new post, and you no longer want those emails about really long discussions. But being able to unfollow is not something I'd expect every user to regularly use. It really depends on your activity on the site and how you like to use it.

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                1. re: Dave MP
                  Veggo Dec 13, 2013 03:33 PM

                  I have "unfollowed" only a few threads that were flogged to death long ago but continue to crawl out of their crypts.
                  I suppose the e-mail alert feature is OK for some, but I'm willing to wait until coffee hour or happy hour. The President needs a hot line, I don't.

                  1. re: Dave MP
                    c oliver Dec 13, 2013 03:35 PM

                    I also opted out of the emails when it went nuts recently. I just unfollowed one on the SF board about ISO turkey tails :) I told that I've found them in my Latino market (not in SFBA), followed a bit more and then de-starred :) I'm VERY close on another that's gotten awfully big and mostly awfully OT. I love the feature.

                    1. re: Dave MP
                      HillJ Dec 13, 2013 05:22 PM

                      DaveMP, I thought getting or not getting emails and using or not using the yellow star were not the same function and not used for the same reason. When CH's requested an opt out of thread feature it was primarily to get out of the commitment of looking at the OP/thread over and over in their profile when they no longer wished to contribute to the thread. Rather than just ignore the thread, the unfollow solidified opting out of the discussion. Receiving emails is a reminder notification that activity has taken place on a thread you're participating in. Have I got this right?

                      1. re: HillJ
                        c oliver Dec 13, 2013 05:23 PM

                        Yep. Two different features.

                        1. re: HillJ
                          Dave MP Dec 14, 2013 12:46 PM

                          If you're subscribed to email notifications, then you'll get emails about any/all threads that you are *following*

                          This is all outlined here, too: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918281

                          If you participate in a discussion, and then unfollow it, then it won't appear in "My Followed Discussions" anymore, and therefore you won't get notifications about it anymore, either.

                          1. re: Dave MP
                            HillJ Dec 14, 2013 01:15 PM

                            Thanks Dave.

                        2. re: Dave MP
                          melpy Dec 14, 2013 02:11 PM

                          Since I don't get emails that opting out doesn't change much for me.

                          1. re: melpy
                            HillJ Dec 14, 2013 02:16 PM

                            Since I never used email notification, I didn't understand the correlation. Now that I know, turns out it doesn't apply to my usage anyway.

                        3. h
                          HillJ Dec 13, 2013 05:12 PM

                          Yeah, I'm going to remain casual with how I use this feature. I don't keep track of posts, posters or topics much. I like to jump around and be surprised. I'd rather rely on the CH main page and see what strikes my fancy.

                          Thanks for helping me think this feature through.

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                          1. re: HillJ
                            c oliver Dec 13, 2013 05:24 PM

                            And I rarely go to the CH main page :)

                            1. re: c oliver
                              HillJ Dec 13, 2013 05:26 PM

                              No kidding. That's my home page! I like it because I can see the current activity of every board in one place and I read far more threads than I contribute to.

                              Interesting how one site can fulfill the interests of so many people at once.

                              1. re: HillJ
                                c oliver Dec 13, 2013 05:38 PM

                                When I do go to the main page, I rarely see anything I'm interested in.

                                1. re: c oliver
                                  HillJ Dec 13, 2013 05:43 PM

                                  (Again) no kidding. I'm like a kid in a big candy store of what do I click on first!

                                  Wait, we ARE talking about the Chowhound main page right; not CHOWs main page.

                                  I mean, I do check out CHOW but right now, I'm talking about this: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards

                                  1. re: HillJ
                                    c oliver Dec 13, 2013 05:54 PM

                                    We're talking about the same thing. Just doesn't float my boat. Probably/easily 90% of what's there is of no interest to me. I NEVER go to CHOW :(

                                    1. re: c oliver
                                      HillJ Dec 13, 2013 05:57 PM

                                      Okay just checkin.

                                      1. re: HillJ
                                        c oliver Dec 14, 2013 08:23 AM

                                        Just for kicks, I went to the main CH page this morning while enjoying my coffee. There were a couple of threads that were there that I'd already commented on and one that I read avidly cause I thought the OP was just cruising' for a bruisin' :) Because of our convo yesterday I checked a couple of others that I normally wouldn't have and was correct that they were of no interest to me. I have six or eight boards that I've favorited but some of those are travel related so I don't look at them very often. I seem to get in enough trouble doing it the way I do :)

                                        1. re: c oliver
                                          HillJ Dec 14, 2013 10:16 AM

                                          Interesting exercise :)
                                          I tried revisiting threads I opted out of, just to read what I've missed, and didn't feel a bit out of the loop. The main points were covered. On to the next!

                                  2. re: c oliver
                                    melpy Dec 14, 2013 02:13 PM

                                    Do you mean main Chow or main Chowhound? Yes, the CH main page isn't always full of what I want to read but it really depends. LA and Ontario seem very active and living in Central PA it is less useful but I prefer to start there. Main Chow is not my thing.

                                    1. re: melpy
                                      HillJ Dec 14, 2013 02:17 PM

                                      Neither of us meant CHOW, only Chowhound's main page.

                                      1. re: HillJ
                                        Veggo Dec 14, 2013 02:23 PM

                                        HillJ, you and melpy are sounding like a can of Chung King....:)

                                        1. re: Veggo
                                          HillJ Dec 14, 2013 02:24 PM

                                          you're welcome to join us, V.

                                          1. re: Veggo
                                            melpy Dec 18, 2013 08:46 AM

                                            I have never had actual Chow Mein that I know of.
                                            I have enjoyed Lo Mein...

                                        2. re: melpy
                                          c oliver Dec 14, 2013 02:22 PM

                                          As I've said on this or some other thread, the only time I go to CHOW is for just ONE chicken breast recipe.

                                          1. re: c oliver
                                            Servorg Dec 15, 2013 11:31 AM

                                            Always looking for good recipes. Would you mind linking to the one you are fond of here?

                                            1. re: Servorg
                                              c oliver Dec 15, 2013 11:35 AM


                                              It's been my go-to ever since finding it.

                                              1. re: Servorg
                                                melpy Dec 18, 2013 08:49 AM


                                                Best recipe I have tried. One of the only ones I have made more than once. Although after having this and going to Oleana, I bought Sortun's cookbook Spice and therefore don't need this here anymore.

                                  3. Gio Dec 13, 2013 05:28 PM

                                    I unfollow/opt out all the time. Once I've replied to a thread (not one I've started) I stick around for a while to see what's happening but after a short while I'll unfollow/de-star/opt out.

                                    I always start with my profile page to see what's happening in the threads to which I've posted. (I hate the e-mail notices) After that I go to the Home page and catch up, if I'm interested, in threads I've unfollowed.

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