Separate Faving from Following

Continuing the discussion from Separate 'Like' and 'Bookmark' buttons:

When I favorite an observation, I almost never want to also follow that observation.

So, I frequently have to manually unfollow favorited obs, either at the time of faving, or when I receive an unwanted notification later. In order to unfollow an observation after faving, you have to first refresh the page. [no longer the case] It would be easier if people who do want to fave and follow could just press 2 buttons rather than requiring folks who want to just fave to have to go through more hoops. Faved/liked/thumbs-upped content on other social media websites does not subscribe to that content.

Can we please unlink these actions?

Previously requested on the Google Group here:!topic/inaturalist/OCurSOictQg

This is part of the larger discussion we’re having with the revamped notifications - what, if any, actions should automatically make one follow an obs, flag, etc.

i don’t fave to follow either, and if i want to follow i just select follow which isn’t that hard. Maybe follow should be in an easier to find button and not connected to fave.

For what it’s worth, i would be less bothered by the fave-follow thing if the notifications are fixed. For instance, if agreements with communiy ID were fixed. Say I fav something cool and then 12 people come by to agree with the community ID. I wouldn’t want to know about that (except maybe in an abbreviated dropdown like ‘23 community IDs got supporting IDs’ type thing)… but if someone put in a maverick ID i would want to know. If that makes any sense…


I still don’t think faving should automatically follow, but thank you @kueda for loading the “Follow” dropdown results only when you first click it rather than only when the page (re)loads.