So let's say I get an answer from someone who seems like a nice guy to have around and is open to contact after answering a question. How can I start networking with other developers who use Stack Overflow?

Messaging functionality isn't present. Does Stack Overflow end at the Q&A?


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Step 1: Link to your LinkedIn page in your profile. Substitute "LinkedIn" for myspace, facebook, your blog, yada, and/or yada. Encourage others to do so as well (As I am doing now).


Step 3: Profit!

  • I don't like the idea, I'm thinking about privacy issues here, if you want to contact someone who is shy, you'll have a hard time, but adding message functionality, that person will feel safe but available at the same time.
    – levhita
    Oct 9, 2008 at 17:46
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    Is there an SO linkedin group? If not, there should be. :)
    – JP Alioto
    Jul 15, 2009 at 1:12

Most of the guys here are also in twitter (http://twitter.com). If you have a twitter account, you can follow lots of developers.


Submit the question: "How can I get in touch with username?" Sure it'll be deleted within 10 seconds, but might catch their eye :-)

In all seriousness, the only thing you can do is click on their username to see their profile and hope they've added a website where you can find further info.


For social networking on the site, you could try this Greasemonkey script to add a friends list. I imagine that's a future planned feature, but this is a nice temporary bandaid.


You can leave a comment at their answer asking for a contact details.

I wouldn't be surprised if J, J & Co. decide to add direct messages at some point, although I have not heard anything indicating they are planning on it.

As usual, Uservoice is a great place to nudge them in the "right" direction. :-)


On their profile page, they could list a personal website, which may list further contact info. It's a bit roundabout, but it's available.


I should add my AIM to my About Me. I have my email, if for some reason, another SOer has a question for me off-site. I would suggest that. There is a user search and a more-than-generous About Me box on your profile. :)

  • What makes you think he was talking about you? :-)
    – Ben Hoffstein
    Oct 9, 2008 at 17:38
  • 'Cause he's cool and has a High reputation ;)
    – CheGueVerra
    Oct 16, 2008 at 18:47

I join the club, be able to send "personal messages" and to add "contacts" would be super cool.

Following the privacy example that sites like Facebook gives, I would like to avoid giving my email adress(or other information) until I accept the user.

Also if you implement intrasite messages, you should and "ignore user" capability to.

Something very basic, just enough to get in touch and avoid getting touched.

  • This belongs to Uservoice as well.
    – Franci Penov
    Oct 9, 2008 at 17:54
  • Yes I know but I like to comment things first before committing something to uservoice, just so i can have something clear and useful instead of a silly idea.
    – levhita
    Oct 9, 2008 at 17:56

How about integrating most of the functionality between developers through facebook?

In that way you won't have to rewrite a good networking platform.

Most subfacebook communities like human pets are working like this. This creates more exposure in my opinion.

I would have said LinkedIn but other than networking I find that site to lack features.

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