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So let's say I get an answer from someone who seems like a nice guy to have around and is open to contact after answering a question. How can I start networking with other developers who use Stack Overflow?

Messaging functionality isn't present. Does Stack Overflow end at the Q&A?

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I can see that you have a blog on blogs.msdn.com/gisenberg and you got a contact form in there. –  jop Oct 9 '08 at 17:35
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Step 1: Link to your LinkedIn page in your profile. Substitute "LinkedIn" for myspace, facebook, your blog, yada, and/or yada. Encourage others to do so as well (As I am doing now).

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Step 3: Profit!

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I don't like the idea, I'm thinking about privacy issues here, if you want to contact someone who is shy, you'll have a hard time, but adding message functionality, that person will feel safe but available at the same time. –  levhita Oct 9 '08 at 17:46
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Is there an SO linkedin group? If not, there should be. :) –  JP Alioto Jul 15 '09 at 1:12

Most of the guys here are also in twitter (http://twitter.com). If you have a twitter account, you can follow lots of developers.

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Submit the question: "How can I get in touch with username?" Sure it'll be deleted within 10 seconds, but might catch their eye :-)

In all seriousness, the only thing you can do is click on their username to see their profile and hope they've added a website where you can find further info.

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For social networking on the site, you could try this Greasemonkey script to add a friends list. I imagine that's a future planned feature, but this is a nice temporary bandaid.

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This may be related to this other question(http://stackoverflow.com/questions/188221/implementing-a-circle-of-trust-algorithm), and the uservoice suggestion about it: http://stackoverflow.uservoice.com/pages/general/suggestions/35055

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You can leave a comment at their answer asking for a contact details.

I wouldn't be surprised if J, J & Co. decide to add direct messages at some point, although I have not heard anything indicating they are planning on it.

As usual, Uservoice is a great place to nudge them in the "right" direction. :-)

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On their profile page, they could list a personal website, which may list further contact info. It's a bit roundabout, but it's available.

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I should add my AIM to my About Me. I have my email, if for some reason, another SOer has a question for me off-site. I would suggest that. There is a user search and a more-than-generous About Me box on your profile. :)

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What makes you think he was talking about you? :-) –  Ben Hoffstein Oct 9 '08 at 17:38
    
'Cause he's cool and has a High reputation ;) –  CheGueVerra Oct 16 '08 at 18:47

I join the club, be able to send "personal messages" and to add "contacts" would be super cool.

Following the privacy example that sites like Facebook gives, I would like to avoid giving my email adress(or other information) until I accept the user.

Also if you implement intrasite messages, you should and "ignore user" capability to.

Something very basic, just enough to get in touch and avoid getting touched.

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This belongs to Uservoice as well. –  Franci Penov Oct 9 '08 at 17:54
    
Yes I know but I like to comment things first before committing something to uservoice, just so i can have something clear and useful instead of a silly idea. –  levhita Oct 9 '08 at 17:56

How about integrating most of the functionality between developers through facebook?

In that way you won't have to rewrite a good networking platform.

Most subfacebook communities like human pets are working like this. This creates more exposure in my opinion.

I would have said LinkedIn but other than networking I find that site to lack features.

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