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Extension Idea: Friends

In many of the forums I participate in there are a few users I follow closely (an obvious example on this forum is Mark). To make it easier to track what those people are writing, I just created a simple extension called User Filters that adds links to each Account page to see that user's latest discussions or comments (full disclosure: it was actually AssProphet's idea here).

Now, to compliment that I'm thinking it would be helpful to be able to 'bookmark' my favorite users (i.e., friends) just like you can currently bookmark discussions. The interface could probably work alot like bookmarking does: on each Account page a logged in user would see a Control Panel link that toggles 'Add to Friends'/'Remove from Friends'. A list of the users I've chosen as friends would appear on my own Account page, and clicking on a name would take me to that person's account page (where I could then use the extension above to see their latest discussions/comments).

I'm thinking I'll get started on this, but I'm still a newbie at coding extensions so I thought I'd throw it out here. If anyone has an interest in this and wants to take it on you're welcome to--I'm sure 90% of the folks on this board could get it done before I figure it out. :-)

If anyone else has reactions/suggestions let me know and I'll see if I can incorporate them.

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    Depending on how many friends you were expecting to have you could just make the extension add a link to your friends on the panel for all pages. Saves having to go to your account page. You could also link directly to the user filter for that person.
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    Good idea about putting it on all panels - maybe I'll make a preference to let users set it either way.

    As for linking directly to the user filter, I considered that but there are actually multiple filters (discussions and comments) so the account page seemed to provide more flexibilty.
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    is there max. limit for saved searches? you could track it there
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    this would be a really nice extension , with such little thumbnails/avatars of course
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    This sounds good so long as it is NOTHING like myspace :)
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    agreed!
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    edited July 2006
    No, I don't think the world needs another MySpace - anyone who wants that can just go over there and enjoy the real thing. :-D In my case, my site's members just generate tons of content so they're contstantly asking for easier ways to track the activity of other members they like to follow.
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    actually I dont get this extension you could search for this and save it http://lussumo.com/community/search/?PostBackAction=Search&Keywords=mark%3A&Type=Comments&btnSubmit=Search
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    I think it would be great to make each persons profile page more adaptable and editable for those that know simple html. Somewhat a private myspace where others could add comments and such.
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    myspace, Ak! Browser crashing digital kitch mucking up a sleek forum? I'll pass.
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