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Dec 13, 2013 08:43 AM

Pros and Cons of Opting Out of a Thread

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?

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  1. 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

      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

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

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      1. re: jrvedivici

        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

          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

            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

              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

                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

                  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

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

            My Followed Discussions:

            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

            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. 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

              Okay, that works for me. Thanks c.

              1. re: c oliver

                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. 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

                  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

                    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

                      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

                          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:

                          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.

                        2. re: Dave MP

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

                          1. re: melpy

                            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. 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

                            And I rarely go to the CH main page :)

                            1. re: c oliver

                              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

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

                                1. re: c oliver

                                  (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:

                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    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: HillJ

                                        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

                                          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

                                    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

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

                                      1. re: HillJ

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

                                        1. re: Veggo

                                          you're welcome to join us, V.

                                          1. re: Veggo

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

                                        2. re: melpy

                                          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

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

                                              1. re: Servorg


                                                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.