Just wanted to propose a serious feature to the Stack Exchange sites.
The idea (concept) is a question-based following similar to Tweets.
Imagine you're an average user posting question after question (a bit like myself). For those who just look at the question, it might be a tad confusing (which happens all the time) as to what exactly you mean.
Of course, the normal system stipulates that if the question is ambiguous, then people will vote you down etc. But the hardcore enthusiasts, who have the time and are capable of looking at the OP's previous question(s), may have a better insight into what you are referring to.
Under normal circumstances, you're supposed to clearly ask your question as best as possible (sometimes, this isn't possible though).
So my new system could save the day! A "following" tab, under your question title, where you can choose for it to be:
- either a "singular" question, i.e.: "I need help with this one thing"
- "Follow me", which means someone like me could have a "category of questions", all related in a sequence.
That way, the hardcore guys could click on the follow tab and help you along the way, and at the same time separate those questions from the normal "singular" unanswered section of the site. You could even have a "follow" category.
Have a look:
Now, imagine that under your question, when folks look at it, they will see your previous questions, and you won't get so many harsh replies stating the obvious (or un-obvious) as your previous history for the question line will be stated in the question itself.