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Many people here want to make connections (professional, that is). But not everybody here wants to be pestered with IMs through SO, or other annoyances. Some of us don't mind, and would welcome contacts through SO.

This post is a place for those of us who would be more than happy to allow others to contact us to post a bit of our information. The benefit of posting it here, rather than in individual user profiles, is that this is a central location to search users who have opted-in to the "contact me" group.

To make it fun, upvote people you like.

If you're not interested in networking with other SO-users, please don't attempt to keep all who are from doing so. Please do not attempt to bury this item.

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I'm not sure that this is the best use of MSO... – Marc Gravell Jul 15 '09 at 14:19
@Jonathan: I just searched and found out that there is a Stack Overflow group on LinkedIn that you might want to join (I just requested to join and am waiting on a response). – Bill the Lizard Jul 15 '09 at 14:27
@Bill Thanks, man! – Sampson Jul 15 '09 at 14:52
If anybody wanted to find me, they would just look for "b2gills", I have that moniker almost everywhere. – Brad Gilbert Jul 15 '09 at 21:24
up vote 2 down vote accepted

We've set up SO groups on a couple of social networking sites, see this question: Stack Overflow on social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, hi5, Orkut)

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A great way to provide your contact information is via your profile. You can insert anything into the "about me" section including contact info. My profile includes a twitter and blog link. Neither directly has my email but it's fairly easy to figure out from the info (and my blog has an email me link).

I've had several users contact me via my profile information. Likewise, I've used other peoples profile to get in contact with them.

I think it's a lot more effective than having a community WIKI style solution. You have to know this even exists to find out information about someone. With the profile solution, I just have to click on your name which is (at least for me) a natural action when I want to know more about someone.

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I don't want to post my contact information here and have spammers harvest it, or have this page show up when someone googles my email address (this is the same reason i don't fill in my contact info on my profile). We should have an internal way to be emailed/sent a private message without disclosing our email address.

Private messaging is such a basic feature, I don't understand why we don't have it. In every forum of the world people have this feature. Do those forums turn into social networks? Not at all, they just help people contact others when they have any work for them. Its very rare that I get a PM on any website.

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Name: Jonathan Sampson ( SO, SU, SF )
Location: Atlanta, GA
Subjects: PHP, MySQL, jQuery, XHTML, and CSS

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Since this is a CW post, maybe you should have a link to your account, and Gravatar image, embedded into the post. – Brad Gilbert Jul 15 '09 at 4:10

I created a facebook group a while back, it didn't catch on though

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Awesome. I've joined. – Sampson Jul 15 '09 at 14:16
It didn't catch on because there already was one ( There's a fan page too ( – Keith Sep 4 '09 at 13:50

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