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I would love a simple, personal notes taking feature. Not for everything on this page, but just on my personal page. Just for me to take some personal notes about stuff on this page, some useful metaqueries, links related to this site, etc.

I know I could use bookmarks, but those are only local to the browser, and I use the site from different places a lot, and so, for taking notes about a page, the page itself is the most logical location.

And it's only one extra column in the user table, so I shouldn't take too long for you to develop :))

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Last line like that sounds like you've posted "jobs" to eLance and vWorker type sites before –  random Feb 19 '11 at 22:01
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This sounds like a job that can be solved by the user locally using one of thousands of extensions or tools, no need to add complexity to the site. (or maybe a sidewiki) –  Pëkka Feb 19 '11 at 22:13
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I actually like this idea. Something private to keep on the site - like a meta - but off my private profile (which would be the only place to store free text) –  RichardTheKiwi Feb 19 '11 at 22:22
    
The last line was more like a joke... but I regred it if I see the votes of this question. I believed you would understand the smiley. –  Daniel Mar 7 '11 at 17:56
    
What's wrong with all the other places you can keep reminders? Gmail... Back of your hand... Dropbox...etc.... –  Lix Jun 25 '12 at 13:24
    
@Lix What's wrong with having this? I felt it would be convenient to have information pertaining to SE to be on, well... SE. –  Kyomu Jun 25 '12 at 13:25
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I don't think it makes sense if SO or any other random website provides such functionality. It is in fact much more usable to have a central place for your notes, like some browser extension or something. –  pimvdb Jun 25 '12 at 13:25
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If it's going to be private then why not just use notepad itself? I like to keep notes so I use a physical notepad. I don't think it would be beneficial on stack overflow. –  ThePower Jun 25 '12 at 13:26
    
I understand your idea but honestly I have to say it would be cluttering SE. I mean, one can think of dozens of other such "tools" to be added to SE. –  pimvdb Jun 25 '12 at 13:29
    
I use my profile as a notepad, including quick links to posts I should not forget. Things which I don't want to show to the public are surrounded by <!-- and -->, causing the message to be hidden. –  Rob W Jun 25 '12 at 13:35
    
A feature that makes "notes" accessible by the community is already available as answering your own question. The core idea of SE is that everything is a question with answer(s), and random notes don't quite fit in that philosophy. –  pimvdb Jun 25 '12 at 13:37

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There's any number of thousands of cloud applications that do precisely what you are asking: online annotations, sticky notes, Evernote-style note-talking applications.

It's not just a matter of throwing an extra column in the user table. You have a user interface, user will want it to be searchable, editable, add special formatting. No matter what use you have in mind for this feature, there are thousands of users who want a variation of the feature, too.

The bottom line is, for all these "manage my data" requests (e.g. advanced favorites/bookmarking, spell checking, note-taking and annotations, etc.), there are third-party tools with dedicated resources that will do the job better. I cannot see the value to duplicating a general-purpose, web-y application specifically for this site that is already available (and much more functional) elsewhere.

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Perhaps you could suggest some specific tools that IYO cover the OP's needs. –  belisarius Feb 20 '11 at 6:08
    
@belisarius: I've tried various web annotation tools but never kept using them. Almost all my note-taking activities go into evernote.com. –  Robert Cartaino Feb 20 '11 at 18:01

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Of all the people to disagree with this suggestion, personally, I think I could benefit from something like this I have a terrible memory.

What was I doing again? Oh...that's right... posting on meta....

Why limit this functionality to Stack Overflow? I'm sure you'd find it hand to store all sorts of data like that. There are many many many places that provide this functionality - at the "low tech" level, you could even just store some notes in a draft on Gmail...

If the main problem that you are talking about is having to remember things then I'm afraid Stack Exchange is not going to take responsibility for our forgetfulness...


If you are looking for a less personal opinion then one could argue that the benefits of implementing this kind of feature would not be substantial enough with relation to the effort put in to the development.

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I don't understand the example you gave about the comment replies. I think, as you are the one suggesting such a feature that you should first make the argument of "why yes" before requesting explanations of "why not". So far the only argument you have given in your post was "...would be nice...". That's simply not enough of an argument. Tell us why the community needs and would benefit from such a feature. –  Lix Jun 25 '12 at 13:37
    
It would increase ease and fluidity of access to personal information pertaining only to SE. as far as about comments, my point was it increases ease of access, and makes it so we don't need to remember to check back, thus they are already taking responsibility for our forgetfulness. Also thanks for post edit. –  Kyomu Jun 25 '12 at 13:48

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