I have installed the Flag module, and I have a view that displays how many followers (flags) an author has. How do I reverse that query, and output how many users that author is following?

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This is a little tricky, but it is very similar to the article posted at http://drupal.org/node/326580.

  • Create a view of users
  • Add the "Flags: User flag" relationship making sure that the flags are by any user.
  • Add the "Flags: User" relationship which will allow us to filter by the person who did the flagging.
  • Add a contextual filter (D7) / argument (D6) fir the "User: Uid" and make sure is uses the "Flag user" relationship.
  • In contextual filter / argument, select the "Provide default value" option and add the following code snippet to pass the node author as the value.

Code snippet:

if ($node = menu_get_object()) {
  return $node->uid;

In order to get the count it will depend on whether you are using Drupal 6 or Drupal 7, but using the Views Group By module for D6 or the internal Aggregation features of D7 should be able to get you the number of users.

  • Chris- thanks for the response! I am using D7.4- can you explain more about what you mean by 'internal aggregation features of D7"? I don't know how to do that. I have been banging my head against the wall for weeks trying to figure this out! This is the closest I've seen to any solution. THANK YOU!
    – user800507
    Jul 16, 2011 at 21:19
  • Likewise- that Views Groupby Module will not install into version 7. It says it is incompatible. There is no version for D7. Any other suggestions?
    – user800507
    Jul 16, 2011 at 21:26
  • ok- I followed this exactly as you say. I have a block I was adding this into that was working as well- showed # of followers the author had. However, when I follow your instructions exactly as you state- it makes the block disappear. That's with both adding in the Grouping field, or leaving it out. Any suggestions? Again, thanks for the help!
    – user800507
    Jul 16, 2011 at 21:41
  • Holy crap this is a tricky problem! I've made a blog post about it for D7: leesome.com/blog/2013/02/18/… Basically reversing the output has to do with linking or not linking the uid Contextual Filter to the relationship
    – CamelBlues
    Feb 18, 2013 at 22:08

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