Remove "Suggested Follows" from the feed

Please take "Suggested Athletes" out of the Activity Feed.

This was irritating even when it lived on the right hand side of the screen.  Suggesting local 'pros' who I've never heard of before.  Now suggesting people like my old fraternity brother's daughter and others that I'd never want to connect with, etc. but taking up valuable space in the Activity feed every time I visit the page.

Please please please remove.  It's like an advertisement that has nothing to do with my workouts or those of my community.

Or at least remove for premium users.

Thanks

Mike

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  • is there a way to remove yourself from the 'suggested athletes'?

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  • Hey Elle .... How about suggesting to your Overlords that we Premium paying members be given the option to turn off all the shit ideas currently being forced down our throats such as non-chrono, stupid PR awards simply because we rode a segment for the first time, and on, and on, and on? I cancelled my Premium recently because I am getting near Zero return on my investment, and being given no options to shape my own feed is part of that estimation. I have seldom seen a corporation/organization that so actively ignores its user and/or gives no value to those paying for extra value. FWIW ...

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  • ..and now you are sending unrequested emails with names of people that I have never heard of asking me if I know them???  Seriously??

    This is completely out of line with your official response in August.

    Which bit about "please turn off this feature" did Strava not hear?  And that was when the annoyance was limited to your site and feed only.

    I don't pay you money for this. Please explain.

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  • David, please use the "unsubscribe" option at the bottom of any of these emails. 

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  • Elle, glad you are looking at this feed.  Thank you for the prompt response.

    I have unsubscribed. But I'm sure you understand the frustration.

    Please could you update this group on what Strava is doing to allow us the same option on the app and your site?

    If its not contemplating that, then please let us know. If it is, give us an update with a time frame if possible.

    All I'm looking for here is an honest reply so that I can make decisions accordingly.

    Many thanks in advance 

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  • If I get one more "More friends, more Kudos"

    Follow, "Somebody you don't know"

    I will delete my account.

     

     

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  • I also find this very annoying and unwanted.  Please remove this feature or allow us to turn it off.

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  • Hello Strava,

    Where are we on this? Any progress?

    Thanks

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  • 100% support this request. there's nothing i hate more than forced social interaction, whether it's facebook, linkedin, or strava. as a paying member, i should have the ability to turn off this annoyance in my settings. meanwhile, stop suggesting "friends" i've never even heard of. thanks.

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  • It's back again. Haven't been bothered by Suggested Athletes for months but is it is there all the time. I'm a premium subscriber. Give me the option to turn it off please.

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  • Yah, this is crap. STOP shoving people down my throat, I don't want to know about my ex girlfriends activities! I'm not following her, she's not following me. I don't want to see this!

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  • So almost a year has passed since Elle asked us to be patient.  This has passed "patient."  The app added it, why can't they remove it?  

     

    I'd like to get rid of this feature, and, at least, to stop seeing the people I "X" out.  

     

    Enough other items need attention, like maps and customer service and groups.  Editing routes and segments is just awful.  Customer service is still a joke. "Due to high call volume...forever...never."   As for groups, they're like Mommy and Daddy. Only the group admin can invite group members to a club ride.  "Daddy, can the others come out and play?  Can you ask them for me?"  Lame.

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  • I cancelled my premium membership some time ago in light of the subject of this post.

    I'm not the only one to do it, but sadly the loss of a few paying members does not seem to be stopping strava from doing it's best to turn into a social networking site.

    I understand that some people, maybe even the majority might actually enjoy the enforced social interaction side, however at the very least paying members should be able to completely opt out of that type of communication if desired.

    Personally I haven't missed any of the extra "paid" features. I accept I have to put up with the spam now because I'm using the free version - that's fair enough - at least I'm not paying for the privilege.

    It's a shame though, I used to have a really good feeling about strava - it was a nice tool I used to log my workouts and keep in touch with a few chosen friends. Now it's just some software I've become accustomed to using but just don't like anymore.

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  • But they've been working hard on "important" features like the Kudos creator(!)  Sheesh!

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  • Any update?
    I keep deleting the suggested athletes (people i dont know, and people that are definately NO athletes), but they keep coming back in my feed.

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  • Sisyphus, is that you?

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  • Strava is clearly not interested in doing this. As mentioned you can at least hide the module on your end in the browser with uBlock Origin / adBlock with rules like:

    strava.com##.suggested-follows

    strava.com###suggested-follow-module

     

    Which is one of the reasons I avoid using the app on my phone - at least I have some control over the junk on a web page.

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  • I just got an email notification that there's something huge coming up. Maybe they have decided to depricate the "athletes to follow" functionality. That would ve a major improvement!

    Or maybe they start to listen to customers.. neeeh, thst would be a longterm project

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  • What if some victim of sexual assault were forced to see the person that committed the act over and over again because they were not able to keep Strava from resuggesting people? I'm here to log my workouts, not socialize and the more it's suggested the more frustrated I get. Unfortunately, MapMyRun's recent acquisition has ruined their service too ("Here are the 5 way you've been running wrong for years!" followed by "Time to finish your first 5K!"... seriously??)

    I get that it's probably not in the Strava board's best interest to take care of the privacy of its users ($$$) but this is getting beyond ridiculous. They hear us loud and very clear but obviously do not give a single damn.

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  • Don't be silly ... they've repackaged all their former "premium" dog and pony show into three separate "packages" you can buy a la carte, but of course none of it is the stuff we've been begging for the last few years.

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  • Not happy at all with this. Data Protection Act comes to mind especially the new part of the act! Does it not concern Strava? Have you a special exemption? Happy to hear what your side is Strava?

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  • It is laughable and along with the new "packs" thing, reminds me of two things, one real life and one very cleverly imagined.

    1, Real life example is when Microsoft totally ignored their customers and decided that rolling out Windows 8 was a good idea. That went really well for them.

    2, The imagined example is when Homer Simpson's long lost half brother Herb entrusted Homer to design a car ironically called the Homer. An expensive dogs dinner it was too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHGczDHTDpo

     

    Strava; if you have to go down the "packs" route, how about a "social media" pack where all the suggested athletes, kudos maker (whatever that does) and other such stuff can be 'un-ticked' by those of us expressly do not want that kind of thing. Or maybe offer a "grumpy old man" pack that does the same. Just remember that it is us grumpy old men who are most likely to pay for your service over and above the free version.

    And as mentioned above, for those of us in Europe, how is your understanding and implementation of the new data protection laws going? There are some huge fines that can be levied for non compliance.

     

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  • I think Colin P. has a great idea, Strava can create a Social Media pack and move all the social stuff there.  Then they could also add some gamification, trophies (even participation trophies), contests, photo feeds (with filters!), suggested friends, social influencers, award for most followers, awards for most comments and kudos etc.  Take a look at Fitocracy.com for many ideas. 

    Then I could opt out of that pack and be happy!

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  • Please remove it!!!

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  • I would highly appreciate the ability to disable this option as my verbally abusive ex boyfriend constantly pops up as a suggested athlete. You mention above you will be changing it to “occasional” suggestions, but I’m assuming you didn’t figure that there are victims of abuse using your app? I am not connected to him on my end at all in any way shape or form yet I can’t excercise without seeing his face? Really Strava? I like this app a lot but...not that much.

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  • FIXA DETTA FF

    FIX THIS FFS

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  • Dear Strava

    In relation to my previous post I have copied the definition of Data protection and the recent update re GDPR.

    I would ask for your comment on the below and how you propose to deal with this Act on behalf of all European users of Strava and the use of my personal details you like to share?

    I would respectfully request a reply and you current thoughts on the Act so I can make an informed decision.

    The summary guide to GDPR compliance in the UK. Europe is now covered by the world's strongest data protection rules. The mutually agreed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on May 25, 2018, and was designed to modernise laws that 'protect the personal information of individuals.'

    Regards

    Lou

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  • This needs to go or an option added to turn it off.  It serves no useful purpose and clutters up the feed.  As a premium subscriber I find this extremely annoying.  Hard to believe that anyone would even come up with such a poor idea and even harder to believe that whoever makes decisions would agree.  It's terrible.

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  • I see this post has been open for some time so I'll also add my request:

     

    Please get rid of suggested athletes or allow us to turn it off!!

     

    I've joined Summit today in the hope that paid customers would not have to see this feature, but alas it's still there.

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  • Please allow disabling the suggested athletes. I joined strava and then paid for premium. If this doesnt get resolved, I won’t be renewing my subscription. Thanks!!

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