Brad C
Professional Teacher
Must "Follow" Now to Exchange Messages?!?!?

It appears that there is a new policy on italki that stops me from replying to a potential student unless the two of us are following each other.  So if I get a message from someone new, I can't reply like in the past, I have to first follow him/her, then invite him/her to follow me, at which point I can then finally reply to the original message!  This is very irritating, especially if I want to give a simple reply to a simple question or statement.


I'm sure that italki has become enamored of the Facebook model of encouraging the most number of members as possible to follow each other, but I don't think we should have to go through this elaborate dance simply in order to answer someone's unsolicited question.

Apr 29, 2012 2:02 PM
Comments · 9

I agree with you!!


April 8, 2013

I agree !

April 8, 2013

Brad, you can handle this problem by setting your privacy, and uncheck "Allow people to send me follower requests."

March 23, 2013

I'll look into it.  I forwarded this to the product team and they assured me that they fixed this issue a while back.  But if we made a mistake we'll fix it.  Not to worry.  :)

March 15, 2013

Hi Brad,


That could be due to the user's privacy settings.

March 15, 2013
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Brad C
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