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Is such a feature available? If not then can we expect it from SE?

See, LinkedIn has features that you give your Facebook email id and it will find out the friends from your Facebook accounts who have a profile on LinkedIn.

The same thing is available for Gmail and Yahoo! mail contact lists.

So can we have the same feature on Stack Overflow?

We would love to find out our Facebook friends and LinkedIn contacts on Stack Overflow.

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Repeat after me: Stack Overflow is not a social network. – Martijn Pieters Sep 2 '13 at 12:18
Downvotes on Meta indicate disagreement. Please read: - in particular the "Voting is different on meta." section. – Oded Sep 2 '13 at 12:27
I was quite shocked by this in Meta... until I noticed I could delete the post and recover my reputation... and even get a badge! xD – Daren Sep 2 '13 at 16:07

No. There is no such feature and most of our users do not want such a feature.


Because we focus here on questions and answers, not social interactions.

Adding social interactions in such a way would only make for sites that have worse questions/answers.

See A "friends list" on Stack Overflow would be nice

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You're on the right path for your 13th (!) Reversal badge! – Shadow Wizard Sep 2 '13 at 12:22
@ShaWizDowArd - Guess that giving the community answer to feature requests that have been discussed and rejected by the community will do that ;) – Oded Sep 2 '13 at 12:25
Also having (or knowing) friends on SE will increase the serial voting cases. – hims056 Sep 2 '13 at 12:28
@hims056 - I can imagine the voting ring finder would have to work over-time if such a thing were ever to be implemented. – Oded Sep 2 '13 at 12:29
@Oded - And we will require more moderators' elections. :) – hims056 Sep 2 '13 at 12:30

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