The problem that I’ve been thinking about recently is that I’d like for people to be able to save their lists of favorite apartments and easily send them to their friends, brokers, etc. The two main approaches that I’ve been debating between are whether I should implement full-fledged accounts with usernames and passwords for those that want to do more than just browse, or go a more lightweight route, by asking only for an email address, and immediately emailing them a link that, when clicked, will reconstitute their list. This link could then be passed around and would represent a list that could modified by anybody.
I’d like to go the link route, because I hate signing up for accounts just to use one or two features that really shouldn’t require an account, and I hate giving one of my passwords to yet another sketchball website (not that PadMapper is one of those).
On the other hand, at some point I would like to make it possible for people to post their own rooms for rent on here, and for that, I doubt that emailing an accessor link is secure enough for most people’s tastes, especially if I wanted to ask for a bit of money for the posting.
In the end, I think I’ll implement the link-email method for quick and dirty favorite-list saving, and then I can tie in a more robust system of recalling favorites with an account system, when I make that for the purposes of people posting their places directly on PadMapper.