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Chathula Sampath
Chathula Sampath

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Dev.to Followers Notification

Everytime when i visit to dev.to, after few minutes i get an email by saying that someone has followed me. Is this some kind of way that dev.to has implemented to get visitors back to the site or when user visit to the site only dev.to sends the notifications to users about their followers?

Does anybody notice this also?

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Ben Sinclair

Well you can turn that off at /settings/notifications if you find it annoying (personally I turn pretty much everything off!).

I haven't read the source for dev.to but you can see exactly what its algorithms are if you want. That said...

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I suspect when you visit, your account gets marked as recently active, which makes it more likely to be picked as a suggestion to follow for new signups. I seem to remember that when you first join, it offers you some topics and people to follow based on them. My notifications include "x people followed you" sometimes, and it's much more common after I've made a post, for example, even sometimes exceeding the number of views that post seems to have had.

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