Users want to be able to get be able to get updates on popular topics via a "follow" button w/o having to contribute to the topic either via writing or voting.
Is this planned in any way? This is a strong feature of Get Satisfaction which we are currently comparing with UserEcho.
It's already possible. User must open topic and click on the subscribe link on the right panel. Find out details on the screenshot below.
This is great but instead of being able to follow the entire forum, is there a way we could get users to follow a specific thread? For example, someone who is not involved in this current thread, could that user visit this post ("Allow users to follow topics without voting or commenting"), along with the follow up comments, and subscribe to the individual post?
If a user opens a topic and click on the link subscribe, then the system will sign it on the notification only on this topic.
Soon we will place "Follow the topic link" to the more intuitive position.