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<p>Before we consider this does anybody know why the current behaviour is what it is?</p>
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<p>That's a really good question. Originally, my idea was to remove the "Subscribe" button on the UI. However, <a href="https://github.com/pnorman" class="user-mention">@pnorman</a>'s comment on <a href="https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/issues/1627#issuecomment-350596170" class="issue-link js-issue-link" data-error-text="Failed to load issue title" data-id="254635501" data-permission-text="Issue title is private" data-url="https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/issues/1627">#1627 (comment)</a> makes sense after all. So we keep the button and remove the check for subscribe/unsubscribe in this PR instead.</p>
<p>That behaviour has already been introduced in the very first commit: <a href="https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/pull/772" class="issue-link js-issue-link" data-error-text="Failed to load issue title" data-id="36807152" data-permission-text="Issue title is private" data-url="https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/issues/772">#772</a> and never changed since then. It wasn't documented on the API 0.6 wiki page (until I added it last week, will remove it again once this is merged). In addition, the UI never matched the backend, see <a href="https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/issues/1627#issuecomment-350635196" class="issue-link js-issue-link" data-error-text="Failed to load issue title" data-id="254635501" data-permission-text="Issue title is private" data-url="https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/issues/1627">#1627 (comment)</a></p>

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