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[Im/Ex]portable User Prefs
I suggest that we come up with a document format which can represent user preferences. There's many formats out there -- slash hackers can just pick one best suited for their needs. Once we have a format which can represent prefs, have slash sites be able to EXPORT a user's current prefs. Then, the user has a copy of what they want, independent of any site's datbase. The next step is obviously to edit slash so that users can IMPORT prefs -- just paste/upload their document.
The import/export and even the data format raise questions about how to build the architecture such that site-unique prefs don't confuse other sites. However, I'm sure that with a little work we can solve that problem.
With this foundation, one can imagine all kinds of opportunities. Maybe users store their document on their own website, and the sites read it from a URL. Furthermore, users could tie that URL to the perl script which EXPORTS your slashdot.org prefs, and just have all of your little slashes sync to your slashdot.org profile.
I think its a solid concept, and hope that the slash crew or slash fans will take up this idea and run with it. What do you think?