sharing vs. following

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if you start sharing with someone your profile is shared with that person (respectively the owner of this account).

in my opinion this is not necessary. there should be an option to follow an account without sharing your profile.

i think there are 2 options to handle this:

1. allow users to create one profile for each aspect (problem: which profile is shown to people which are in more than one aspect?)

2. differentiate between sharing and following => sharing means also sharing your profile. following means sharing without sharing your profile.


Alexander Finkhäuser Sun 13 Sep 2015 6:07PM

i think the second option is the better one.


lukas Tue 15 Sep 2015 6:07PM

me too. so we then would need a simple way to integrate this into the UI. maybe we could adjust the aspect-dropdown and add a follow-option.


Deleted account Wed 16 Sep 2015 11:48AM

if you start sharing with someone your profile is shared with that person

What do you understand by that ? What is your problem with your profile being accessible to people you are sharing with?


lukas Thu 17 Sep 2015 9:42PM

the point is, if i want to get news, lets say from a company, i don't want them to be able to see my profile, only for the reason, that i'd like to see their latest posts in my stream.


Deleted account Fri 18 Sep 2015 7:13PM

Note that your profile is constituted from two part : basic and extended and you can choose to keep your extended profile private.

From a technical point of view, I think the benefit is not worth the effort.


Jason Robinson Fri 18 Sep 2015 8:21PM

I've always thought the way diaspora does sharing/following is hugely broken.

Sharing and following should be different things. And also I should be able to share, without following.

In short;
* Adding someone to an aspect would grant them access to your profile - you are now sharing with them
* Following someone does not give access to the person - you are only following their public posts, or whatever posts they are exposing to you.


Jason Robinson Fri 18 Sep 2015 8:22PM

I can't remember how many people I've cut off by removing them from my aspects because I don't want to follow them. I don't want to not share with them, I just get tired of seeing their posts :)


lukas Sun 20 Sep 2015 1:22PM

+1 @jasonrobinson


Deleted account Wed 23 Sep 2015 7:11PM

I simpler solution would be to just let the user choose which aspect are displayed in stream. This way you can have an aspect Following for the people you want to follow in your stream.


naught101 Fri 25 Sep 2015 3:58AM

Perhaps this discussion should be renamed "Sharing vs. Following" or similar?

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