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8th February 2008 

Add them as a friend?

Short, concise description of the idea
The phrase "Add them as a friend" in the gray navigation bar is awkward.

Full description of the idea
"Them" refers to two or more people. It's awkward to see a single user referred to as a "them" instead of "him or her".

An ordered list of benefits
  • Please take out the "them" in "Add them as a friend" on the gray navigation bar so that it reads "add as a friend" or completely reword it to "Add user to Friends list".
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Only the benefit of less English speakers confusing him, her, and them.

Filtering Community Posts By User

Short, concise description of the idea
It would be nice to have functionality available to filter or sort community posts by user.

Full description of the idea
I am a member of the Embodiment community, which has nearly 4,000 members. There is interest in this community, and I imagine, in other large, active communities to have the ability to locate a user's posts quickly. This could also aid in moderation efforts, especially with problem posters.

In this community, there was a practice of tagging by user, but the available tags were quickly used up and there weren't enough tags available for all members to have their own unique tag.

Community moderators have the ability to maintain the memories function, however, with the number of members in this group, it would be too tedious to maintain.

I picture the functionality working similarly to how the tags work, loading a feed of all the individual member's posts together on one page. If the toolbar is enabled, perhaps there could be "Find Posts By User" selection box with a pull-down menu that loads with the community member's usernames.

With this functionality, members could opt-in as part of their preferences when joining a community. This way, if the member does not wish to have their posts "searchable," they don't need to. The opt-in/opt-out functionality could be added in the manage communities area, so that users could add the functionality to communities where they are already members.

Community maintainers could opt-out of the functionality at the community maintenance level, as well, if they do not wish their community's posts to be searchable.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Members and moderators can locate their own and others' posts quickly and easily.
  • Tags will be freed up for use with other categorizing of content within the community.
  • Little to no action needed on the part of the community members or maintainers.
  • Availability to opt-out will ensure privacy.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Mainly privacy-related issues, however, this could be remedied by an opt-in/opt-out option.
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