We hope you’ve been finding the new member profiles useful! Many thanks to those who provided feedback and reported bugs!
With the kinks now worked out, we’ve turned our attention to adding features and functionality to the profiles. The first major addition is ‘member subscribing’ — you can now subscribe to a member, just like you would subscribe to a thread or story.
This new functionality brings about several changes that may have you scratching your head without some explanation…
1. ‘Buddies’ are now mutually-subscribed members
Previously, buddy status was fairly inconsequential — you could add anyone to your buddy list without much effect. With the new system, however, a buddy relationship is automatically established when two members are subscribed to each other. Buddies can no longer be manually added; they only come from mutual subscriptions.
2. Old buddies have been converted into subscriptions
Most traders used the old buddy system to keep track of certain members. Since subscribing to a member has a similar intention, all old buddies have been converted into subscriptions to initially populate the new system. If any of your old buddies also had you on their buddy list, they will remain your buddy because the conversions will result in a mutual subscription (which results in a buddy relationship, as discussed above). The email alert for converted subscriptions was set to ‘None’, so you won’t receive email alerts from these subscriptions unless you change the settings.
3. Vouching was separated from the Network block
You’ll notice the Network block now lists ‘Buddies’, ‘Subscribers’, ‘Subscriptions’, and ‘Ignored’. The ‘Vouchers’ and ‘Vouched For’ sections have been moved to a separate block below the Network block. The motivation for doing this can’t be explained without shedding some light on our future plans. In short, vouching will be phased out in the future, and replaced with a system that’s based on the number of subscribers a member has. Separating vouchers from the Network block will make for a cleaner transition to the new system in the future.
4. Vouched-for members have been added as subscriptions
Anyone you previously vouched for has been added as a subscription. Since vouching will eventually be phased out, as discussed above, we want to carry the spirit of historic vouchers to the new subscription system. By duplicating your vouch as a subscription, the spirit of the vouch is not lost and will be carried into the coming subscription-based system that will replace the vouching system. To illustrate, a member who had 50 vouchers in the past will now have 50 subscribers, so when the vouching system is replaced they will still be highly “ranked.”
While the current state of member subscribing is transitional, you should find the new functionality very useful for keeping track of content produced by traders you respect. Gone are the days of visiting countless profiles to see what traders are doing — it’s now all in one place and easy to manage.
Posted by Michael, Forex Factory Product Developer