This is like
finger, in days gone by.
You could email someone, but if you were simply curious about what they were working on, you could just type
finger jim@theInstituteOfRad and immediately get a response that included what he was currently working on, and his future plans.
It required that Jim actually updated his
.plan file (and
.project file, where supported) on a regular basis, which you would probably be able to estimate the likelihood of, were Jim a friend of yours.
In the spirit of such diligence, I'll now direct you to my corner of the
^C Club, for my modern, more secure version of what we'll call my Now page.
It's up-to-date! I swear!