Contact is secret, is the moment when everything happens! January 19, 2008 6:57 PM   Subscribe

When editing contact information, would it be possible for the edit to not show up in Contact Activity as a new contact?

"x added y as a contact" when someone is already a contact is redundant and confusing, especially to my punchy brain.
posted by item to Feature Requests at 6:57 PM (25 comments total)

This is currently a slightly broken feature. Right now if you want to edit a contact you have to remove and re-add them, leading to this odd brain-punchery. This is silly and I'm sure will be fixed soonish.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:05 PM on January 19, 2008


Yeah, it's left me hesitant to edit anything. Thanks!
posted by item at 7:14 PM on January 19, 2008


Well I never! That's it, item, no more 'sweetheart' status for you!
posted by Ryvar at 8:37 PM on January 19, 2008


Oh wait, we CAN edit now, can't we? In which case, yeah a contact "upgrade" might not be worth notification... or is it?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:14 PM on January 19, 2008


But the 'edit' button just does a re-add behind the scenes, which is what is shows up as in the activity list.

In my case, f'rex., I regularly change you all into crushes when I'm drunk, and then guiltily switch all most of you back the morning after, and I'm not sure I like that everyone gets notified about that like it's some earth-changing event.
posted by chrismear at 12:13 AM on January 20, 2008


For some of us it is, chris.
posted by goo at 2:26 AM on January 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thanks to your title, I now have the theme song from 321 Contact stuck in my head, and you have forced me to take a gruesome revenge. See you in hell, Item:

Whenever there's trouble
We're there on the double
We're the Bloodhound Gang

If you've got the crime
We've got the time
We're the Bloodhound Gang

Oh, and you're right about the contact editing.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:46 AM on January 20, 2008


In which case, yeah a contact "upgrade" might not be worth notification... or is it?

It just says "added a X as a contact" even if you've just edited the contact. Should it say "changed contact to X" or "edited X's contact info" or "Attempt no landings here?"
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:54 AM on January 20, 2008


We were just two hours away from a day without any new MeTa posts...
posted by nevercalm at 7:29 AM on January 20, 2008


[Damn you, Horace Rumpole! Damn you to the worst circle of Nostalgia Earworm Hell!

I counter with the Mulligan Stew hounds of "4-4-3-2" and "Bad Foods and Fad Diets."]
posted by bonobo at 7:34 AM on January 20, 2008


We were just two hours away from a day without any new MeTa posts...

Seriously. It would make mathowie happy!
posted by danb at 7:43 AM on January 20, 2008


Well, has been complaining that lately the area around his anus is looking a bit overbrown. Maybe you guys can go fix that right up form him. You've got tongues. He'll probably reward you with a shout out in the next podcast or by placing a gold star by your name.
posted by item at 7:50 AM on January 20, 2008


Ha ha, bobobo, your earworms are completely useless against me for I have never seen Mulligan Stew!* I shall not be stopped until I have completely derailed the thread!

*But now I kind of wish I could. There's only one little clip on YouTube but it's fantastic. Although I wish I could understand why Mulligan is so intensely hostile when he says "Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you what you are!"
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:59 AM on January 20, 2008


I mean, bonobo.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 8:00 AM on January 20, 2008


Although, we technically did go 29 hours...just not a full calendar day.
posted by nevercalm at 8:02 AM on January 20, 2008


Upon marking half my contacts as crushes, I find the nomenclature insufficient. Can we get an "I'd Hit It" checkbox? So the activity updates would be like "Firas would totally do Chris"?
posted by Firas at 8:21 AM on January 20, 2008


Can we get an "I'd Hit It" checkbox?

February 20th, now.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:37 AM on January 20, 2008 [1 favorite]


I'm just doing my part in helping you retain your classy and unique moniker.
posted by Firas at 8:40 AM on January 20, 2008


Can we call you skeeter in the meantime?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:42 AM on January 20, 2008


No matter what happens, you'll always be jessamyn to me.
posted by Meatbomb at 9:50 AM on January 20, 2008


^ "Tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you what you are."

Holy crap, that was some good YouTube. [burp] I didn't know Ted Williams managed the Washington Senators!

What, thread? Oh, yeah. I just added myself as a contact. Whee!

posted by not_on_display at 11:21 AM on January 20, 2008

^Ha ha, bobobo, your earworms are completely useless against me for I have never seen Mulligan Stew!
I feel so...so impotent now.


[The phrase (threat?) TELL ME WHAT YOU EAT AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT YOU ARE could really use the Frank Zappa treatment à la "You Are What You Is."]
posted by bonobo at 11:49 AM on January 20, 2008


It's not nice for you to wish phrases get prostate cancer and die.
posted by item at 12:05 PM on January 20, 2008


Editing contacts (instead of re-adding) is now go. We also updated the XFN stuff a little to bring it in line with the XFN 1.1 Creator. The new options are contact (sort of implied anyway) and kin (if they're a cousin or other relation I suppose).
posted by pb (staff) at 11:22 AM on January 22, 2008


Thanks for taking care of this, pb. Now I can edit my contact's info without fear of retribution.

I'm also a fan of the new contact options. I do think "significant other" or similar would be a nice touch, as my SO is on MeFi and yes, she's my date/crush/sweetheart/muse/co-resident, but I'd like to be able to be a bit more specific. I dunno. I'm easily ignorable.
posted by item at 6:29 PM on January 22, 2008


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