It's completely harmless, I don't see a reason to “fix” this “problem”
Honestly, who is the following system hurting?
Non sequitur, bro I still don't see what the problem is with the following for follows business.
“physical injury, especially that which is deliberately inflicted”
so nothing here is being hurt in this context.
But that does not mean it isn't a bad thing. There are users following hundreds or even thousands of users, neglecting to view the projects of their subjects because they are more delighted in the number than the content. There are users indignantly begging for followers, even going so far as to spam profiles and the forums. There are users fighting to bring the practice of F4F to everyone, in the hopes of a fancy so stupid its success would be inconceivably frivolous.
The grand scheme of this trend is degrading everything we have built up in the following system, because there is no point to it, you see. People are in search of its purpose by following high numbers, but at every end they find nothing has changed, and so they continue to follow more and more. The fault in this system is not the problem of these practices, but the fact it lacks a function.
As I have found by researching other websites and their “following” systems, they send notifications to users about what another user is doing, i.e. what they just shared or just liked. In our system it is mandatory that we check the front page for updates, and this undoubtedly is the core problem. It makes sense because if we neglect to check the front page for new projects, we neglect to view projects by those we follow, which makes following a frivolous thing to do; and as a consequence, people will follow hundreds, thousands, indefinite counts of users just for fun.
So as I said earlier, the solution is this:
what they like, and what/who they follow (maybe). Given enough time those following tons of users would be driven to stop following so many as their inbox is flooded with messages they don't want, all the while maintaining closer ties between the follower and the followed.
Do you object to this idea which will benefit us all? Receive messages from users about what they share,