re: Why are people following me on VIEW POST


Dev automatically recommends a bunch of random people to follow when you sign up. Most people go along with it, unless it's something they obviously aren't interested in.

I wish I could approve who follows me, but I don't think we'll ever get this feature. 😣

Dev is not that kind of social network. I recommend either Mastadon or Discourse if you want private communities or just to link up with friends.


I'm not sure what "not that kind of social network" is supposed to mean. Do you mean a social network where new features are added? Or a social network where a person has can have approve followers?


The kind of social network where you mostly talk to people you have a pre-existing connection with. The assumption is that everything you write on Dev is public and intended for strangers to read, so Twitter-esque "private accounts" make no sense.

I'm not sure which part of my post gave you the idea that I was talking about private accounts. Not being able to follow me doesn't make my account private; my content is still public. Anyway, I of course know what "kind of" network, which is why I've mentioned that it's a feature I don't ever hope to see here.


I guess Michael means that it's not the kind of community where you can approve followers.

From the other side, the ability to approve followers means that somebody has the ability to prevent me from following them. The question is, if they are generating open content for this community, why would they ever want to prevent me from following them? It really doesn't make sense.

I get that it might be unsettling to receive followers daily when you aren't creating new content, especially if you don't know how the system works, but at the end of the day, the only thing you get by following someone is that you get a notification every time they post a new article, if you never post, they won't get notifications.

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