Why Am I Seeing This in My Stream?

Document created by Jill Ross Employee on Jul 29, 2016Last modified by Jill Ross Employee on Aug 5, 2016
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HDS Community User Guide > Creating Custom Streams > Why Am I Seeing This in My Stream?


Understand why you are seeing something in a stream with these sanity-checks.


Here are some examples of activities that trigger new stream items for people, places, and content that you're following in a stream:

  • Content: someone modifies the content item (for example edits, comments on, or replies to it).
  • People: someone posts a status update, creates a content item, or comments on a content item.
  • Places: someone updates content in the place (for example publishes a new document, edits a blog post, shares content with a place, or comments on a document that lives in the place).
  • Tags: someone creates or modifies an item with a tag you're following in the stream, or adds the tag to a content item.


If you are seeing something in your stream that you don't think you are following, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I following the person who posted the item?
  • Am I following the place where the item was posted?
  • Am I following this content item?


If you discover that you are following the person, place, or content item in your Following stream or any of your custom streams, but you don't want to, go to or hover over the person, place, or content and click Stop Following.

Your News streams (those listed when you click News) were created by other people, so you'll have to ask them about any unexpected content you see in your News streams.

A common question is why you're getting email notifications on activity you're not interested in. Note that each of your custom streams (those listed to the right of Following) has a configuration setting to enable or disable email notifications. To learn more, be sure to read Email or Stream Notifications?