As far as I know, Stack Overflow is positioned as a bit social networking service. So, is there a friends system here? Or at least a private messaging system?

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    1. Well, no. 2. Nope. 3. And no (but there is a chat system).
    – Mat
    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:23
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    StackOverflow is not a social networking site. Are you confusing that term with crowd sourcing?
    – Oded
    Jan 9, 2012 at 12:27
  • The closest thing to "private message system" is chat - you can create yourself a chat room then invite someone via a comment. Many people won't agree though so don't expect immediate response. Note that when there are many comments between post author and one other member, the system creates such chat room all by itself. Jan 9, 2012 at 12:53
  • Also see: Any way to send a personal message to another user?
    – Trilarion
    Jan 15, 2020 at 11:06

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As far as I know, Stack Overflow is positioned as a bit social networking service.

....no, no we aren't. If this happens, go ahead and send someone over to shoot me.

I kid, but no, social networking isn't what we're about, there are already sites for that. We're about the content, not the user.

We're all for promoting the individual user, showing off their achievements and awesome answers and such, but not making them a target for tons of private messages which would end up as "hey, answer my question??" Remember, everyone here is a volunteer. Keep in mind that's one of several dozen "bad" scenarios introduced by things like a private messaging system.

  • Put me on the kill list as well.
    – user1228
    Jan 9, 2012 at 16:36
  • I'm torn. On the one hand, everything Nick said. On the other, I'd like to follow my IRL friends.
    – xcud
    Jul 6, 2012 at 19:41

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