Knowledge Base: Following Posts

When you publish an article on (on the main page, not in a group), you will automatically be set to “follow” that post.  This means that when people like your article or comment on it, you’ll receive notifications which, when clicked, will take you to the post or comment.

When you comment on a post, you will also automatically be subscribed to notifications when people like your comment or make additional comments on the post.

Once you have been subscribed to notifications on a post by either of these mechanisms there is, at present, no means to unsubscribe.  However, most Ratburger posts scroll off the attention span of members within around a day, so it’s unlikely your notifications will be cluttered with likes and comments on posts  dating back to the Silurian period.

A new feature allows you to follow activity on a post without making a comment visible to other members.  If you wish to be notified of new comments on a post but don’t have anything to say at the moment, simply post a comment consisting entirely of the text:

or c4c

(The latter, adopted from other sites, is an abbreviation of “comment for comment”.)  Upper and lower case is ignored, as is leading white space and trailing white space and sentence ending characters.

Such a comment will cause you to follow the post and receive notifications for subsequent comments, but will not appear in the comments when others view the post, nor in the “Recent Comments” in the sidebar.  When you view the post yourself, you’ll see your own follow comment; this allows you to delete it should you wish to cease following the post.  Other users will not see your follow post.  Note that if you’ve followed a post this way and made a subsequent comment, deleting the follow post will not unfollow you, as the latter comment will still mark you as a follower of the post.


Author: John Walker

Founder of, Autodesk, Inc., and Marinchip Systems. Author of The Hacker's Diet. Creator of

20 thoughts on “Knowledge Base: Following Posts”

  1. I am just testing the new function. I wrote two 10 Cents follows in comment #1 and #2 . I can’t see them as Dime but I see the comment count is 2.  So a thread with skipped comment numbers mean a follow, right?

    Thanks for the great work.

  2. Follow comments are hidden, but still count in the comment numbers and the number of comments shown on the post.  The point is to avoid distracting those reading comments with pure follows, but the integrity of the comment numbers and counts is preserved.

  3. John Walker:

    Bryan G. Stephens:

    Wasn’t hidden because it had punctuation before “c4c”.

    I know. I was careful to put that apostrophe there. Like an Excel File.

    I love tweaking software types who are smarter than me. It makes me feel better about myself.

    Should I revert to jokes?

    How many Therapists does it take to change a lightbulb?


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