A friend and I were discussing the MVP vs. MVC pattern the other day (mainly in terms of "we don't know what MVP is and how it differs from MVC) and i found the question on SO discussing this.

Although I'm more than capable of opening an email client, pasting the link in, typing a subject and hitting send, I do think it would be nice to have an "email this to a friend" functionality like pretty much every news site on the Internet does. Maybe even a dead simple one like just typing in an email address, hitting send, and not even leaving the page.

Anyone else agree?

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There are multiple ways now to share questions:

  • share link: clicking on this will open a text box with a shortened (referral) link to the question, which can easily be copied into an email

  • SE 2.0 sites have links below the voting arrows to share on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

  • All unanswered questions have a banner below them which reads:

Know someone who can answer? Share a link to this question via [email], [twitter], [facebook], or [linkedin].

The via email link opens a mailto: link with the email's body pre-populated with the question title and a (referral) link to the question.


Meh. Copy what's in the address bar and paste in email. Not that big of a chore.


This really falls under the "SO is not a social networking/news site". I see no need for the feature, especially when all that is required for you to do is to copy/paste the link.

Perhaps you can join the greasemonkey bandwagon and make this for yourself?


Every feature has a cost associated to developing it, even "simple" features. So there always has to be a value added or cost benefit analysis. With this feature, I'm just not sure the value added would be worth the development/maintenance costs and added clutter to the UI.


It does seem like SO doesn't have a lot of standard tools that other sites have, but I think this is not necessarily a bad thing. It gives SO a nice clean feeling.

Now I do agree I would like to see some of these tools available (see my feature request for a spell checker), but I also would like SO to keep this clean look and feel.

  • I thought all the major browsers had spell check integrated by now.
    – toast
    Jul 9, 2009 at 16:20
  • Some don't. I'm using firefox 3 right now, but its under Mandriva Linux and for some reason it doesn't work. I mention in my article how you really can't count on people already having spell check access. Jul 9, 2009 at 16:35
  • That sucks. I've started to take it for granted.
    – toast
    Jul 9, 2009 at 19:38

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