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Kevin Bonham
14-12-2016, 09:49 PM
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").

Rincewind
15-12-2016, 02:42 PM
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.

Adamski
15-12-2016, 07:37 PM
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.

ElevatorEscapee
16-12-2016, 09:03 PM
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!

Desmond
17-12-2016, 07:26 AM
My friend list is empty


You can even add yourself as a friend!

There is hope yet!

Kevin Bonham
18-12-2016, 06:54 PM
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.

Kevin Bonham
29-12-2016, 05:57 PM
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.

Kevin Bonham
04-10-2019, 02:38 PM
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?

ER
04-10-2019, 03:11 PM

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! :D :P

Patrick Byrom
04-10-2019, 06:41 PM
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.

Capablanca-Fan
05-10-2019, 03:44 AM
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.

ElevatorEscapee
05-10-2019, 04:54 PM
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.

antichrist
06-10-2019, 05:43 AM
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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