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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    "Friend" status on Chesschat - what does it do?

    Something even an admin hasn't bothered finding out!

    One can send friend requests within the forum which the recipient can then accept or reject.

    I just received one from a poster I don't know personally at all.

    Does friend status serve any actual useful purpose or is it just a token add-on for people who cannot survive more than five seconds if they feel that they are not connected to Facebook?

    (Although I post quite regularly on certain Facebook sites now I still refuse to have anything to do with the public listing of "friends").

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    AFAIK the only functionality is around profile privacy. In the profile you can set the following items

    • Contact Info
    • Profile Picture
    • About Me
    • Friends
    • Recent Visitors


    As visible to
    • Everyone
    • Registered Members
    • Your Contacts
    • Your Friends


    A contact is closely related to a friend in that all there is in the system is a contact list. If two members are on each other's contact list then they are friends.

    I have just one friend (Adamski) which was set up so long ago now I forget when. However I have all these profile settings set to Everyone and so I don't believe there is any advantage from Adamski's perspective derived in terms of access to information from my profile.
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    I don't think I have ever used any of the "extra" info available in any way other than when I was seeking what NSW university he lectured at in his past life living in NSW. It is also a while since I invited anyone to be a friend on CC.
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    If someone is logged on to the forum, you can click on their name and it lists their recent posts, and you have the option to "add as a friend" - this puts a plus sign against their names, but apart from what has been already mentioned above, doesn't see, to do much else.

    You can even add yourself as a friend!

    Edit - just playing around a bit in the profiles, and apparently you can view other people's friends too - Adamski is quite popular with 13 friends!
    Last edited by ElevatorEscapee; 16-12-2016 at 09:09 PM. Reason: Added more info.
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    My friend list is empty

    Quote Originally Posted by ElevatorEscapee View Post
    You can even add yourself as a friend!
    There is hope yet!
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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    Thanks all for the comments.

    Just in case anyone happens to be wondering at any time re this extremely unimportant matter:

    * I won't send friend requests to anyone.
    * I will only accept friend requests from people I either know in person or at least have had a fair amount of interaction with (and get on well with) online.

    This is similar to what I do with connection requests on linkedin, having accepted a sometime employer's invitation to sign up for said spamitorium. I don't distinguish there between people I know through paid and unpaid work, but if someone I don't know at all asks to connect I ignore them.

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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    When two posters are friends, clicking on the profile of one brings up posts by the other in the "All" feed of posts. However there is also a tab to see just the posts of the poster.

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    Monster of the deep Kevin Bonham's Avatar
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    Just bumping this thread because there's been another case of someone who I don't think I know sending me a friend request.

    Actually would anyone be concerned to even the slightest degree if we disabled this confusing feature?
    Last edited by Kevin Bonham; 04-10-2019 at 02:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post

    Actually would anyone be concerned to even the slightest degree if we disabled this confusing feature?
    lol as long as you keep the "unfriend" or "sinbin" or "pissofftroll" or whatever you might call it feature, fine with me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Just bumping this thread because there's been another case of someone who I don't think I know sending me a friend request.
    Actually would anyone be concerned to even the slightest degree if we disabled this confusing feature?
    I seem to have also had a 'friend' request from the same person (since we both visited their 'homepage' on Chesschat). At least the person apparently lives in Brisbane, so there is some chance I know them.

    But I don't care if you disable the feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Just bumping this thread because there's been another case of someone who I don't think I know sending me a friend request.

    Actually would anyone be concerned to even the slightest degree if we disabled this confusing feature?
    Wouldn't bother me at all.
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    Not sure what this is.

    I started posting silly comments on the Youtube FIDE version of the last World Cup over the last two or three nights... I now seem to have attracted two Youtube "subcribers", without me ever having posted any content whastsoever on Youtube!

    I am completely baffled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElevatorEscapee View Post
    Not sure what this is.

    I started posting silly comments on the Youtube FIDE version of the last World Cup over the last two or three nights... I now seem to have attracted two Youtube "subcribers", without me ever having posted any content whastsoever on Youtube!

    I am completely baffled.
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