Since you can now invite colleagues to join you in a site's private beta (which I think is great), I wanted to make a request to make this feature a little better. I just used it to invite someone to the Movies Stack Exchange private beta, but I was really surprised that there was no option to customize - or even view - the invite message before it was sent.

I think it would be useful to have the ability to customize or add on a personal message to the invitation. For example, the person I was sending the invite to is obsessed with knowledgeable about James Bond movies, so I specifically wanted to tell her that this would be a great place to share that expertise.

Since the reason behind that feature is to invite people you know are experts (and probably have some sort of relationship with), it makes sense to me to allow a personal message that might be more convincing than a form letter.

Is customizing the invite message a possibility? Even if if was just a pop-up box that adds on a personal message to the form letter part of the invite (i.e., I don't necessarily need to be able to change Stack Exchange's pre-written part), it would be useful.

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Excellent idea - I have added a custom message section to the invite which will be deployed on the next build.

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    Damn, the dev team is responding quickly to our problems today! meta.stackexchange.com/a/114370/1288 Dec 1, 2011 at 16:11
  • Code must be compiling obviously. No way they have this much time on their hands.
    – phwd
    Dec 1, 2011 at 16:17
  • Right on, Geoff Dalgas! :D
    – Aarthi
    Dec 1, 2011 at 16:17
  • @GeoffDalgas - It would be great if we could contact Stack Exchange members from other SE sites without knowing their email address. If we could type '@ User' into the "email a private beta invite to:" box and it would appear in their inbox feed in the upper right corner next time they visit any SE site. - If that wouldn't be unambiguous for some reason (duplicate names across the websites) then perhaps the URL to the User Profile from any site. Thanks for considering my suggestion.
    – Rob
    Apr 3, 2018 at 23:13

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