I'm mentoring some students. I've encouraged them to post on the Inventor forums and I'd like to "follow them." That is, I'd like to automatically be subscribed to their posts and notified of activity. At least I'd like to be able to add them as a "friend" and check up on them without having to remember their "handle."
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The best way I can think of is to use the search tool and either create an RSS feed or permalink. To do this:
You should get a list of all of the threads they've been involved with. Click on a few to be sure, but it should take you right to their post in the thread no matter how long it is.
To mark this search more permanent so you don't need to go through the steps above, you can either:
Hope this helps!
If you wanted to have a definite list of all your students, you could instruct them to put a specific keyword under "Biography" (in My Settings). Then you could create a Search for Users with that specific keyword in their Biography.
This would not provide the direct link to their posts as per Jillian's suggestion, but you'd have a full list of your students and a link to their profiles. You could also easily find them to add to your 'Friends' list with this, which you can do from their Profile Page.
The best way I have found is to subscribe to the users RSS feed.
To do this just click on the user name and at the bottom right of the box with their recent messages in it you will see a View All link click that link then their will be a Message Options drop down box in the top left hand corner choose Subscribe to RSS Feed then the reader of your choice and all of the past and future post from that account will sent to your reader.
OK, I'm new to RSS feeds but I tried it and this works. I set the RSS feed notification to be a button on my Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar. I have a button for each student (I actually have a total of 13 students I'm mentoring but only a few are currently active on the forums). This is how to do it:
I'm set for now. Thank you.