I know there is no private message system nor "friendship" option inside SE Network but, is there something similar, like, for example, an option to mark some members as favourite ones?

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    We still like you even if we are not of your favorites. Come to the chat room and be properly friends with them instead of clicking strange buttons and faking it :P
    – percusse
    Jan 26, 2014 at 12:06
  • :S My main use for that would be in fact to follow people I know in real life, not to take users in fake life, like those in the chat room, as properly friends.
    – Andrestand
    Jan 26, 2014 at 12:57
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    Haha, nice counter. However, why would you follow your real friends online? Is there a trust problem ? :)
    – percusse
    Jan 26, 2014 at 13:34
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    I think that this is status-bydesign. While friendships on the sites are welcomed, the site is not intended to encourage them actively this way. Asking, voting, commenting and answering are the goals of the site, and they should not be based on personal preferences, therefore the lack of any social networking features. At least that's how I see it. Nevertheless, @percusse has a point! :)
    – yo'
    Jan 26, 2014 at 14:21
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    may be follow the members on their respective code repositories. make friends by following their code :) Jan 26, 2014 at 19:40
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    @texenthusiast: Clemens and I do this, we stalk people on GitHub. :) Jan 27, 2014 at 23:41
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    or come to TUG! :D Because really—how can you be sure we're all real people? For example, sometimes I just think egreg is a physical manifestation of texdoc. Totally plausible. Also, while work on it is slow, I intend to have this 'favorite' functionality built-in to stack-mode, as it is not part of SE proper. Jan 28, 2014 at 5:26

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There is a user feed at the bottom right corner of a users profile page, which you can use with a feed syndication application to follow a user.

For example, I use OS X, and with it, a syndication app called Monotony which will relay the updates to OS X's built-in Notification Center.

You can find a lot of feeds for different things inside the StackExchange network – just look for the feed icon. The feed icon looks like this

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