IMO Being followed has nothing to do with a "forum".
Scenario #1: I have a tech issue. I search the forum for a prior similar issue
I find a pre-existing post that handles my issue (or close enough)
I don't post my added benefit to the thread; I get smarter; the problem is fixed; the forum is a silent hero
I do post my added benefit to the tread; I get smarter; the problem is fixed; the form is a hero
BOTH cases.... all is good. Followers matter not.
Scenario #2: I have a tech issue.
I post to the forum; good people contribute; forum increases a few IQ points.... all is good
Someone might be inspired to follow someone else based upon the exchanges.
Scenario #3: I'm bored out of my mind and I want to have some fun
I check out my "smart-ass" followers to see what's fun in the community. All is good
Nobody wants to follow me because I'm just not that interesting.
Scenario #4: I'm bored out of my mind and I want to learn.
I check out what Chris, Vid, Zaza or the other amazing techs are working on.
Nobody wants to follow me because I'm just not that good of a tech.
Scenario #5: I'm bored out of my mid and want to help out.
I read every thread posted every day (sometimes more in depth than others). Given my skill level (or lack there of) I dip my beak into the mix only a fraction of the time.
Every once in a while the blind squirrel finds a nut... I help someone else out.
Maybe someone decides to follow me... maybe not.
I never liked to "follow" someone before because, as whysnow pointed out early on,...it's like getting stalked. But now that the community has made this a "thing" I'm adding more and more of my favorite people to watch to my list. It makes scenarios 3 and 4 much easier. Although when I'm in scenario #5, I see the usual suspects there anyway
It totally is... and I'm glad for the new feature. It's helping me to grow my skills and have more fun using Pinside..... no stalking going on (honestly how could you stalk someone on a pinball forum). Facebook on the other hand just creeps me out given all the personal data being thrown out there.... it's a fraudsters paradise.
Quoted from o-din:
I've picked up six more "followers" since this thread started.
As the docile tones of o-din.... must follow off cliff...
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