Currently Being ModeratedApr 18, 2011 11:05 AM (in response to babowa)
I appreciate you're finding this process frustrating. I'm sorry if what I've said is not clear.
It does look from your image that you are very nearly there. There is a downward pointing arrow to the left of the Watch a User bar in your image. If you click that you should see what is in Matt's second image above. You should choose 'Edit this widget" from that menu and you'll see what Matt has shown in his third image. You should then be able to select a user by clicking "Change".
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Currently Being ModeratedApr 18, 2011 1:28 PM (in response to John Maisey)
How do I get a user into that window? I have tried every which way I can think of. However, yes, I can add one user down below with current content - that is not what I am looking for.
I thought the small window with the green + drag would display a list of users. Unless I'm still not getting it - no user shows up there even if added down below (widget). And, it appears that I can only have one listed. The one I was looking for has two, so I can only look at one at a time?
The user I need to watch does not post regularly; his last post was in Jan or Feb - he is challenged in several ways (including physically) and has several impediments which makes it difficult to understand his questions. He is not in the top users, he doesn't answer questions - he just asks if he has a problem with his iMac. Last post was back in Jan or Feb. I try to get to him asap to answer his question before he gets mocked or derided by someone else (which has happened every time I haven't been able to get there first), so it was important to me that I find him. I've now finally found him (by having to go through thousands of users at the iMac forum), subscribed to him with emails - not my first choice; would rather just have a list of users I subscribe to and check from there, but that option seemingly is not available.
My request for these new forums is to create a clickable link within a user's profile "watch this user" and then offer options on how to watch (add to a list and/or emails and/or RSS).
Currently Being ModeratedApr 18, 2011 1:40 PM (in response to babowa)
I really think it would make it easier to understand if you looked at the "add a widget" section of this page:
Currently Being ModeratedApr 18, 2011 3:57 PM (in response to John Maisey)
Well, after more fiddling, I found that yes, I can add a widget to watch a user; the caveat is that I can only have one user per widget = if I want to watch several users, I will have a very long page with many widgets.
So, thanks to your and Matt's help, I've now added my disabled friend to "watch a user" and will leave it at that.
To make things easier, I repeat my earlier request: click on a user's profile and click on "watch user" - now that would be easy. I'm not sure what the aim is with "watching" or "having conversations" - I strictly check several forums for questions I feel I can answer and post there. There may or may not be followup(s) - other than that, I'm done with that one and move on to the next.
Again, thanks for your patience; I had looked at the tutorial previously and was - and still am - frustrated that I couldn't and can't achieve what I was looking for.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 18, 2011 4:05 PM (in response to babowa)
babowa, glad you got it working enough to be able to follow your friend's activity. I do agree it would be a better solution if you could follow a group in one widget and also agree with your other suggestion.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 18, 2011 4:23 PM (in response to babowa)
I'm not sure what the aim is with "watching" or "having conversations" - I strictly check several forums for questions I feel I can answer and post there.
Yeah, it depends in the particular community and the sort of questions you attend to, babowa. In my fields, we're spread a little thin, and it's pretty much vitally important to keep track of what the other folks working on or around my fields are up to. (Otherwise the level of help that I can provide to folks in the forums degrades.) I'm using some facilities from the Lounge, but that's of less help to the (under-the-new-points-system) L5 or lower folks ... and I can't keep up to date with the good work L5-or-lower folks like Ingo, lass, Phil, King, etc are doing. (It's difficult enough keeping up with ed, polydorus, Katrina, Dave, tt2, etc using the pre-revolution resources such as the Lounge.) So the watches are going to be of some help to me and the people I help. It's not necessarily going to be of help to people doing other sorts of advice-provision work (equally-valuable-if-not-more-so-but-different) here.