Add link to contact?? March 17, 2005 8:12 AM   Subscribe

Wouldn't it be neat if you could link to a specific comment or post when you were adding someone as a contact. Perhaps the post/comment was a moment of infatuation or a particularly representative post. This would allow us to track and share exactly why we get that warm fuzzy feeling (or itchy, burn-y feeling) when we see certain usernames. What do you think?
posted by tinamonster to Feature Requests at 8:12 AM (15 comments total)

similar suggestions also discussed here.
posted by quonsar at 8:17 AM on March 17, 2005

Sounds like a good idea. But a slippery slope to...

posted by NickDouglas at 8:18 AM on March 17, 2005

I bet people would pay money to be linked to by quonsar.
posted by DaShiv at 8:24 AM on March 17, 2005

Well great, just great. I love being redundant. Especially within the last 15 days redundant. That's a special feeling.
posted by tinamonster at 8:26 AM on March 17, 2005

What about an open field contact option? That would be the best.

i.e. spicynuts (rad_mixCD_maker)
posted by Quartermass at 8:32 AM on March 17, 2005

I believe we had open fields orginally, but someone abused it, so Matt switched to the current options.
posted by orange swan at 8:35 AM on March 17, 2005

posted by quonsar at 8:41 AM on March 17, 2005

I think some jackass suggested this, but I hear he's subversive to good order.
posted by orthogonality at 8:41 AM on March 17, 2005

Ah yes, I wasn't imagining that brief halcyon day when we had open field contact options. Unfortunately the example of someone abusing it isn't available anymore.
posted by orange swan at 8:51 AM on March 17, 2005

Discussed before or no, I completely support this pony.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:08 AM on March 17, 2005

I don't understand why you can't just email the user specifically to tell them what their inceptive comment was. Isn't this obvious?
posted by naxosaxur at 10:52 AM on March 17, 2005

naxosaxur, the purpose is to help me remember, not to stroke the other person. Purely selfish.
posted by tinamonster at 11:06 AM on March 17, 2005

*strokes quonsar*
posted by matteo at 11:13 AM on March 17, 2005

Epinions has trust and block lists for its members. I recall someone asking for this same feature. She complained that she wanted to be able to remember why she'd blocked someone, for example, so that she could un-block them if they ammended their mistake. There also comes a time when you've added so many people to your tag list that the list itself has become a bit of a jumble. You may not even remember adding some people. It can help to have a little "label" associated with your linking someone, so you can remind yourself why you did it. Perhaps it was something you meant to be temporary. Perhaps you linked to them for a specific reason that may not apply anymore. Perhaps you linked to them because you didn't like them and wanted to keep an eye on them. Perhaps you've decided that's stupid and want to clean them out of your list. Maybe you linked someone after a meetup but have trouble keeping the face/name straight without a little note-to-self.

There are many reasons why it would be helpful to have a notes field associated with a user-to-user link. Some folks aren't that into creating a user list at all, let alone pruning it. That's understandable enough. But fast-track-to-Friendster? Please.
posted by scarabic at 8:59 PM on March 17, 2005

Oh, sure. Now you guys talk about it. When I posted, I felt a little like I was blowing in the wind. Came close to a Jim Jones-like singularity trap.
posted by graventy at 12:45 PM on March 18, 2005

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