I have to admit I don't understand what the "Following users" tab (/dashboard/following_users) is supposed to display.
Indeed, at this time, it seems to inventory exhaustively all people who have written articles that I've added in my "Reading list".
Automatically adding people to this list when I simply save their articles in my "Reading list" seems to me a somewhat unexpected behaviour.
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