Please Undo The Misguided Merging Of Subscribing And Rating UpEP has created problems for members by merging the Subscribe / Unsubscribe feature with the Rate Up feature.
I do not want to subscribe to all the stories I rate up. In fact I would say many of the stories I rate up I do not wish to subscribe to. (After all, there are a great many things in life requiring attention other than the Experience Project.) As an example, I have often given an author in this group a Rate Up when he wrote a story that raised a problem I felt was worth raising but did not concern me enough personally for me to be interested in following.
On the other hand, we members will often wish to subscribe to stories we do not agree with or do not feel merited a Rate Up. As datura said at EP Link "I don't always want to rate up a story that I want to follow though, Arsineh. Sometimes I follow it because a person in my circle is involved in a discussion and I want to see the outcome. I don't always feel the story is worthy of being rated up. How can I subscribe to those stories now?" At present we are deprived of the option we used to have to subscribe to stories we did not want to rate up.
It is true that commenting will also now subscribe us to a story, but again we may want to follow stories we did not see fit to comment on. Sometimes, for example, a fight may interest me but I may wish to stay clear of involvement.
Another problem with removing the Subscribe / Unsubscribe button has been that our options for unsubscribing from stories are reduced. It appears to me now that one can only unsubscribe from a story when one receives an e-mail notification of it (if that still works--I haven't tried it lately).
It also occurs to me that because we do not want to get bombarded with notifications that absorb too much of our limited time, it is likely that attaching an automatic story subsc
EP Support has explained subtracting from us the option to subscribe without rating up by saying "we wanted to simplify things." But there has in the past year been a lot of simplifying that has agitated the membership. There is a repeated pattern of very useful features being subtracted from us, as demonstrated here and in the story at EP Link . Polls have been hidden and for all intents have ceased to be part of the life of EP. Please stop taking away useful features.