Entries for month: June 2012
Posted by Alan Rother in Random Ideas on June 26, 2012
I have an idea for a new tool on the site (seriously - no sarcasm)
You already have a way to "suggest friends" to our existing friends, but that only makes sense if the two people know each other already. I have a situation where I know two people, but they've never met and no nothing about one another. If I simply "suggest" one of them to the other, they won't know why. You don't give us any opportunity to send a message along with the suggestion.
I propose a new feature, similar to "Suggest" called "Introduce"
It would allow you to connect one or more existing friends to one another along with a message explaining why you'd want to "friend" this new person. It could have a myraid of uses, introducing people from a dating perspective (hey Tom, you should meet Mary, she's awesome), bringing people into niche groups or folks with common social hobbies or interests and even businesses who have a FaceBook presence could use this a way of introducing the existing team to new employees.
So this one is mostly for me so I don't forget this in 6 months when I need it again.
ColdFuson does so much for us, but sometimes it tries to do too much and leaves you hanging. I had a simple object, essentially an appointment, which included a date time value retrieved from a MySQL databse. When I called the service method from ColdFusion, it's returned a standard CF date object to me that I could easily parse, but when I pulled the same object via jQuery(ajax / JSON) ColdFusion parsed the date object into a string like this:
June, 28 2012 20:00:00
Needless to say, the jQuery date formatting plugin I am using refused to parse it. My awesome co-worker Travis quickly pointed out that simply hitting the value with Date.parse(myDateString) would solve my problem.