[Status: Backburner ⏳] Advanced auto-follow settings

Some users don't want to be auto-following every task they created, others are not used to add themself as followers, but should be included.

Please give us some more options for auto-following, for example

- auto follow every task I commented

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PS: The auto-follow functions should be optional per user.

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Additionally I suggest a better displaying of the followers. For example a seperate row underneath the asignee with just small images of all followers.

And, at least, small images of all followers displayed as a tooltip when typing "@followers" in the comments section. Otherwise I even don't know who will be adressed with my comment!

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Hey Florian Kislich, thank you for these suggestions! They've been passed on to the Product team.

As soon as I have an update, I'll let you know 😊

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What's the status on this one? I need it.

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Cansu

Hello Chris Farr, welcome to the Community, and thanks for posting 😊

Please allow me to share a little detail on how we process Product Feedback. We receive many great ideas on Community, and we pass on all feedback to our Product team. If you'd like to find out more, this article explains what happens after we receive Product feedback. 

We check with our team and assign a status after a thread receives more than 60 upvotes according to our Product Feedback Guidelines & Statuses. This suggestion at the moment needs more support. In the meantime, if there are any updates in relation to this suggestion, we'll be sure to update you here. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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I have upvoted Florian Kislich's post here.  I would like the added functionality to globally turn off auto-follow tasks when someone @mentions you.  The problem this creates in our organization is around notifications.  If we @mention someone on a task to get a quick input, but they don't need to always be aware of everything that happens in that task, they have to either unfollow the task every time they receive an @mention, or (as we do here) the person writing a comment to @followers always has to check the followers list before posting the comment.  Excessive notifications are the number 1 issue that our management team gets annoyed by Wrike with, and a big part of the reason we've had trouble with demonstrating the absolute value of Wrike.

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Thanks so much for your detailed feedback Trevor Tollefsbol, I'll make sure our Product team receives it! 

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I agree and frequently hear this from our users.  Like Trevor, "Excessive notifications are the number 1 issue that our management team gets annoyed by Wrike with".  

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Thanks for adding your thoughts here also Meredith Selden, we've passed this on to the team 👍

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Hi, as a recent new adopter of Wrike one of the first issues we have come across is notifications going to management because they have been tagged in a task for their input but they dont need to follow that task all the way through to competition and get annoyed by excessive notifications. I would also second that it would be extremely useful to know who follows a task so we know who notifications are being sent to.  

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Hi Rachel McHugh, welcome to the Community and to Wrike! 

Thank you for adding your support for this suggestion, please be sure to upvote the original post if you haven't yet 🙌🏼

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As the OP suggests, a per-user setting to control the auto-following behavior would be great.  That's definitely the ideal solution. 

If that requires too much re-engineering, exposing an API that let's us control who is following a task/project would be helpful in our case.  Right now the API allows me to add followers or to choose to follow/unfollow for the user running the API.  If the functionality could be expanded to remove any existing follower, then we could build some automation so our team doesn't have to manually unfollow everything they create.

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Thank you for supporting this suggestion Keith Kline! Please don't forget to upvote the original post too if you haven't yet 🙂

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I see that this is still a topic and not a feature.  It would really be wonderful if it didn't auto "follow" everything we touch. Sometimes you're just asked to weigh in with a comment but don't need to follow. It is such a headache to have to manually unfollow.

I find it has a "cry wolf" effect.  The app is pinging on things you don't need to know so you tune it out or turn it off.  Then... you eventually miss something that you actually needed to see.

Please make this a feature! Give us the power to decide if we want to auto follow everything or not. 

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Thanks a lot for supporting this idea Kristen Katz, and welcome to the Community! 

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I have one-time interactions with many of our tasks, but don't need to receive continued updates on them. An auto-unfollow feature or else the ability to select our following preferences would really streamline the way I use Wrike.

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My department enters the production specs for our productions and uploads the files to wrike. that action triggers auto-follow. we are done with the tasks once we upload the files. the ability to auto-unfollow when we change status would be a huge help.

Jeff Gregory-Gibbs

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Thank you for your continued feedback on the following settings in Wrike! I'll now pass the new feedback here to our Product team 🙌

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Any update on when this might be a feature? Like others mentioned, I created lots of tasks per week and assign to others. I don't need to notified every time someone adds a note or changes a task that I "follow". My inbox is overloaded already. Help?

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Any updates on this? I get asked about it a lot by our team.

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Hi everyone, I'd like to mention that via automation rules it is now possible to, for example, automatically assign a task to its author: 

Also, you can reassign the task to the user who triggered the rule. This means that it is possible to automatically assign the item to the user who makes a relevant change to it (e.g.: updates its status, changes the value of a custom field or the task/project description, among many more options).

I hope this information helps!

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Hi Juan,

thank you for linking this feature request with the new automation update. I like the new abillities very much, but unfortunately it's not the solution I'm looking for. If you generate a rule that automatically assigns unassigned tasks to the author, my goal is reched to avoid unassigned tasks, but at the same time a user's inbox gets crowded with unneccary messages! I don't want a massage that a task I created was assigned to me, and have to archive each message manually.

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Thank you for your reply, Florian Kislich. I've shared these details with our Product Team 👍

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