Don't we already have a private message system that can serve that same purpose?
It could, but the message isn't necessarily private and leavig the thread to post a PM might be counter-intuitive.
I was seeking something more intuitive so it would be used. Given the member being sought was not on the thread in the first place, you know what effort would be involved in setting up the links to have available for the "sought member" in his/her PM. I don't see that as an incentive to calling needed help. Still if that is the method, I'm game.
Maybe I'm just dull, but in 15 months of being at DC, your suggestion never ocurred to me.
I stated above, I could have used this tool. I'll use your suggestion as a test case.
Here is what was involved with using the PM for this purpose...
Here are the steps I used in "calling" tinjaw to a thread involving Python. We'll assume we are already in that thread. I will also use what short-cuts I am aware of, but keep in mind others might not be familiar with them. I'll flag these points with "**" and expound.
**(1) I acquire the thread/post address by right-clicking on the title link and "Copy link address." (A novice may not be familiar with this.)
**(2) - Since I need tinjaw and he is not in this thread I can't just click his "PM" icon under his name. (I know I can click on ayone's PM icon and chage the name, but again a novice might not understand this.)
**(3) Now I am in the PM and it is addressed I leave tinjaw a message that says something like, Hey tinjaw... I can Python be used in LINUX for a text title formatter/inserter? See this thread <right-click and paste thread/post link here>. Thanks in advance for the help! - Calvin (Once again, the novice might not know the "right-clicking" options)
Take a look at the time stamp of the this post and the "Edit" time-stamp below. Ok, I'm slow, but it would still take a number of steps and time to accomplish the "call." On the othe side, it would require an extra step to get to the needed location.
Agreed, the PM is a viable tool for this purpose, but like I said, my hope was to have a tool that would be intuitive so it would be used.
Even if this idea never gets off the ground, I learned something!
Thanks, App! <edit> for clarity </edit>