DEVELOPER DIARY: New Network Code (and more)

Hey dudes -- its been a minute, so I thought I'd drop a quick note as to what I've been up to over the past few weeks. 
  

Friends and Activity:

We decided to re-work the friend code (its been a little unstable anyway) - so that users no longer have to 'friend' another user (which is a circular relationship) --- instead, we have decided to simplify the process so that you can simply 'follow' the users (and content objects -- more on that later) you're interested in -- much like you can w/ Twitter. 
 
In doing that - we decided to fix activity ---- so now, not only will users have their own activity feed (but you will now get an activity feed based on all of the users you follow as well -- we used to have this feature, but since the site has gotten so large, the solution we had in place did not scale appropriately).   Activity will also now float appropriately on content objects - so if someone adds new trivia associated to Mario, Mario's activity feed will reflect this.
  

Next Steps:

In the following iteration, you should be able to follow any content object on the site and your 'followed objects' feed will include stuff activity generated by users you are following as well as objects you are interested in.  
 
So you could follow the Street Fighter IV page receive activity when new images are added, a user blogs about it, or a new topic is created relating to it. 
 
Anyway, that's what I've been up to -- and I'll be on it for a bit more till its good and solid. Be good team.
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Posted by coonce

Hey dudes -- its been a minute, so I thought I'd drop a quick note as to what I've been up to over the past few weeks. 
  

Friends and Activity:

We decided to re-work the friend code (its been a little unstable anyway) - so that users no longer have to 'friend' another user (which is a circular relationship) --- instead, we have decided to simplify the process so that you can simply 'follow' the users (and content objects -- more on that later) you're interested in -- much like you can w/ Twitter. 
 
In doing that - we decided to fix activity ---- so now, not only will users have their own activity feed (but you will now get an activity feed based on all of the users you follow as well -- we used to have this feature, but since the site has gotten so large, the solution we had in place did not scale appropriately).   Activity will also now float appropriately on content objects - so if someone adds new trivia associated to Mario, Mario's activity feed will reflect this.
  

Next Steps:

In the following iteration, you should be able to follow any content object on the site and your 'followed objects' feed will include stuff activity generated by users you are following as well as objects you are interested in.  
 
So you could follow the Street Fighter IV page receive activity when new images are added, a user blogs about it, or a new topic is created relating to it. 
 
Anyway, that's what I've been up to -- and I'll be on it for a bit more till its good and solid. Be good team.
Posted by eroticfishcake

I like the follow feature. Now I can stalk girls proper. :3
 Thanks for the update Coonce.

Posted by Breadfan

That's pretty cool.  Looking forward to it.

Posted by natetodamax

How do I follow things and users?

Posted by JJOR64

The feed thing sounds cool but, I'm not sure about getting rid of the friends feature.

Posted by natetodamax
@dcpc10 said:
" @natetodamax said:
" How do I follow things and users? "
Possibly I'm mistaken, but I don't think the features have been put up on the site quite yet, because I don't see a way how to do that either. "
Oh, that would make sense
Posted by Teptom

Sounds good Coonce. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Claude
@dcpc10 said:
" @natetodamax said:
" How do I follow things and users? "
Possibly I'm mistaken, but I don't think the features have been put up on the site quite yet, because I don't see a way how to do that either. "
Yeah, I'm confused. How do you do this?
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Posted by KamasamaK
@Sweep: I didn't even notice that. I'm pretty sure the H4 is also new. Nice additions!
 
And this feed thing seems really useful as well. I've always wanted a watchlist-like equivalent to Wikipedia's.
Posted by Dethfish

I don't really understand the new friends activity thing but it sounds like it could be cool and I'm sure I'll understand it more when I actually see it. The spoiler thing is cool too but...
 

Posted by erinfizz
@Dethfish77: 
 
What's extra awesome is that the spoiler tag text totally shows in one's activity feed. So it's not so hidden. Hopefully this will be addressed in the shiny new activity feeds.
Posted by Druminator

oh cool. new features are always awesome. the spoiler tag was definitely needed.

Posted by MetalGearSunny

Feeds! Yay!

Posted by Kohe321

Sounds awesome, keep up the great work!

Posted by coonce
@JJOR64 said:
" The feed thing sounds cool but, I'm not sure about getting rid of the friends feature. "
We're not getting rid of the feature necessarily, just simplifying it. 
 
Thanks for all of the support guys --- I was getting a little frustrated w/ the tediousness of this project --- but seeing your replies reminds me just how awesome this community is  -- and makes it all worthwhile. 
 
Thanks again.
Posted by CitizenKane

Sounds awesome. coonce.  Keep up the good work.

Posted by TheBeast

Great changes coonce - the attitude you guys have towards simplifying in order to improve is great - looking forward to seeing the future of this change.

Posted by Scooper
Posted by RHCPfan24

I love these additions, Coonce. They are small things that I have subconsciously been looking for and the activity stuff especially excites me. Also, the new spoiler feature is rad too. :)