I was reading these exchanges about the (lack of) ability to follow other posters: Automating the ability to "follow" posters
I can follow posters, presumably like many others do, simply by checking their page once in a while so I don't absolutely need this.
However, the reasons given for not allowing this feature is that SE is not a social network.
This principle is clearly established and enforced in the way moderators manage interuser communication here. We are to be kind and welcoming, never have a temper nor make too many jokes. Emotion has little place here, except maybe for on-topic awe for some natural phenomena or genius physicist.
I can understand the logic behind this and my conclusion is that this is basically creating a Wikipedia in a Q&A form, and we are not supposed to read side jokes or dirty talks inside articles.
That being said, what is the point of having a page profile here? I am not asking about what I am supposed to enter in the description field.
What I am asking, is how does that fit into SE not being a social network? Is not a directory and the ability to create a chat room with any user, the prototype of a social network already?