User page changes December 6, 2006 10:39 AM   Subscribe

I gussied up your user pages. Leave a note if anything is broken and throw a screenshot up on flickr if you spot any show-stopper visual bugs. Danke!
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter-Related at 10:39 AM (132 comments total)

jessamyn came up with some great ideas on how to organize and shorten the page. She made a mockup, we talked about it, and today it's live. I'll continue working on it, to try and clean the rest up and make them nice and tidy.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:41 AM on December 6, 2006


Is nice.
posted by grouse at 10:42 AM on December 6, 2006


Is pretty.
posted by chrismear at 10:44 AM on December 6, 2006


very spiffy.
posted by InfidelZombie at 10:45 AM on December 6, 2006


I like it.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:45 AM on December 6, 2006 [1 favorite]


I like the new setup. The "favorites" page titles are much clearer now. The only thing I would change (cuz you asked, right? heh) is, on the "stuff I marked as favorites" page, change the column titles from "favorite X from rkent" to "rkent's favorite X."
posted by rkent at 10:45 AM on December 6, 2006


Is there a way you can condense the "MetaFilter users near me" part? It occupies an inordinate amount of page space...

Thanks.
posted by jpburns at 10:48 AM on December 6, 2006


yeah, I'm going to work on that next, to cut it down to 1/4-1/2 the size.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:53 AM on December 6, 2006


The text in my "Info" column abuts the text in the "Contributions" column.
I don't have a flickr account, so
image
posted by solotoro at 10:54 AM on December 6, 2006


I have a few ideas for the mefi users near me that I'll mock up for you, matt.
posted by boo_radley at 10:57 AM on December 6, 2006


Neat!
posted by cortex at 10:58 AM on December 6, 2006


Well, shit. I unthinkingly made some changes to better fit the new format, and lost my images.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 10:58 AM on December 6, 2006


Good point rkent, I updated that.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:58 AM on December 6, 2006


It's like that cute CMS who passes you a note saying she really likes you, except her phone number's written in teeny tiny handwriting.
posted by Smart Dalek at 10:58 AM on December 6, 2006


Lemme add some gutters between columns to fix that solotoro.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:59 AM on December 6, 2006


Very good, sir!
posted by prostyle at 11:00 AM on December 6, 2006


Oh, yeah, it is a lot better.

Now, is there a way you could relocate some MeFi users over here, I still have "no other MetaFilter members nearby" and my meetups are not nearly as fun as the other ones look in the pics.
posted by micayetoca at 11:08 AM on December 6, 2006


I wonder if it's wise to link to user's websites with only the description "website"? I'm thinking of moift's profile and how it used to be more obvious that you shouldn't EVER click on it.

(yes, I realize you can still hover to see the URL in the status bar, but you know...)
posted by mullacc at 11:09 AM on December 6, 2006


I was going to suggest that jpburns move someplace less crowded. Maybe you two could work something out?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 11:10 AM on December 6, 2006


Can we bold & highlight the number of favorites a user has received? Maybe increase the font size, or a bright red circle around the number?
posted by jonson at 11:14 AM on December 6, 2006


Thx, IRFH, I was thinking more someone like routergirl but I won't say that out loud.

Perhaps some musicians, aye? Send The Big Great Mulp and buriednexttoyou for the band and klangklangston as the manager. He looks like he would be perfect at eating sharks.
posted by micayetoca at 11:17 AM on December 6, 2006


As long as you're re-working the user pages, is there an easy way to add the number of Best Answers the user has given?
posted by nickmark at 11:18 AM on December 6, 2006


the edit profile text links to "http://www.metafilter.com/contribute/customize.cfm##profile"

the little image next to edit profile links to
"http://www.metafilter.com/contribute/customize.cfm#profile"

not a big deal but the # one goes to the anchor below the timezone thingy, but the ## one does not.
posted by juv3nal at 11:21 AM on December 6, 2006


Is this why the site is really slow, or is that something else?
posted by smackfu at 11:37 AM on December 6, 2006


Also, I think this:

Music: 0 songs, no comments, no playlists

is much more self-evident than this:

Ask MeFi: 48, 2109

Maybe a bit too terse.
posted by smackfu at 11:40 AM on December 6, 2006


I think this:

MeFi: 0, 45
MetaTalk: 0, 46
Ask MeFi: 1, 137

Is a bit too cryptic and looks too much like map co-ordinates. I would prefer:

MeFi: 0 posts, 45 comments
MetaTalk: 0 posts, 46 comments
Ask MeFi: 1 questions, 137 answers

This would also make it match up with the Projects and Music links (which do have the labels).
posted by EndsOfInvention at 11:40 AM on December 6, 2006


As long as you're re-working the user pages, is there an easy way to add the number of Best Answers the user has given?

Ask MetaFilter is not a popularity contest.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 11:41 AM on December 6, 2006


Overall I think its a great upgrade, the posts and comments stuff is cryptic as noted above and it took me a moment to find my website link.

Thanks Matt and Jessamyn!
posted by fenriq at 11:46 AM on December 6, 2006


Also, did the Add ____ as a contact disappear? I guess I'm also finding that the text is kind of small.
posted by fenriq at 11:51 AM on December 6, 2006


Okay now, am I just the damn stupidest user to ever clutter up this filtration system, or is the ABSOLUTELY NO WAY to add another user as a contact? I'm logged in. The FAQ says 'click on the "Add user as a contact" link on their profile page.' But that option appears to be as elusive as the Loch Ness monster's secret stash of weapons of mass destruction. Is its absence as a result of this recent overhaul (which looks nice, by the way), or am I just blind?
posted by Milkman Dan at 11:55 AM on December 6, 2006


As long as you're re-working the user pages, is there an easy way to add the number of Best Answers the user has given?

Please don't do this.
posted by languagehat at 11:55 AM on December 6, 2006


I fear change.

looks good though
posted by bob sarabia at 11:56 AM on December 6, 2006


Right. Four-minute posts and failing to click "preview" result in redundant overlaps. Fenriqe Iglesias wins.
posted by Milkman Dan at 11:57 AM on December 6, 2006


I like the new look. This is probably really really simple and I'll feel like an idiot, but how do you add contacts now? It's been a while since I did anything at all with the contacts list but IIRC there used to be a handy button on the profiles that said, "Add this person as a contact?" and you pressed it and lo, there were all those categories to choose from. Now I can't find that and I just went carefully through fenriq's and matildaben's profiles. What am I missing? And while we're at it, how do you change the category of your contacts? If, for example, they have morphed from crush to muse or vice versa? Also it would be nice if there was a simple user search function right there on your profile so you could add a whole lot of contacts in one swell foop if you were thinking about it one evening instead of having to go and find each person's profile one by one. But that is probably a pony who deserves her own thread.
posted by mygothlaundry at 12:00 PM on December 6, 2006


Pretty, good, and well-done. Thanks Matt & Jess.

And what languagehat said.
posted by blacklite at 12:01 PM on December 6, 2006


The add contacts link is on its way back in. Sorry about that!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:02 PM on December 6, 2006


It's purty, thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:04 PM on December 6, 2006


Ask MetaFilter is not a popularity contest.

Right. Which is why user pages display the number of comments that other people have favorited -- right, jonson?

Sarcasm aside, I just figure that the number of best answers is at least as informative as the number of times someone's comments or posts have been favorited, and I personally would find it more useful. I'd see it as less of a popularity contest metric than favorites. I'm curious as to reasoning behind the "Please don't do this" responses.
posted by nickmark at 12:10 PM on December 6, 2006


MeFi: 18 posts RSS feed of posts by Rumple, 423 comment
MetaTalk: 1 post RSS feed of posts by Rumple, 109 comment
Ask MeFi: 5 questions RSS feed of posts by Rumple, 537 answer

need more pluralizations ...
posted by Rumple at 12:14 PM on December 6, 2006


MeFi: X posts, X comment
MetaTalk: X posts, X comment
Ask MeFi: X questions, X answer

I'm thinking there needs to be an "s" added to the end of each line.

Except for those people with only 1 comment or answer, of course.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:15 PM on December 6, 2006


Show-stopping visual bug.
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 12:16 PM on December 6, 2006


Well, shit. I unthinkingly made some changes to better fit the new format, and lost my images.

I almost did that. The profile gets uglier and uglier as Matt changes things but I like having the images in there. As is, I can just change the images to something else with the same name when I want to replace them. But I can not edit the profile at all or no images. Oh well.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 12:19 PM on December 6, 2006


Great idea! But, to second what fenriq said, I find the text at the top of the page too small. (I know that I could always zoom in, but then the rest of the text on the page looks gigantic.)
posted by epimorph at 12:29 PM on December 6, 2006


I'm curious as to reasoning behind the "Please don't do this" responses.

One take: AskMe has a specific function in a way that other parts of the site do not. An answer should ideally be an unselfconscious attempt to add utility to a question.

So more visibly rewarding best answer counts may encourage more heavy answering by those wishing to grab at the brass ring. But folks should not be answering any more than they are capable of doing as well as they can, and so the motivation would likely dilute the overall quality of responses.

The blue and grey and etc. have a more informal, social framework for commenting activity, and so the favorite count (contentious as it may be in its own right—would anything be lost if Matt did away with the numbers, and had just links?) may not have the same deleterious effect.
posted by cortex at 12:38 PM on December 6, 2006


I like it. One minor request. I understand disabling the img tag on the site, but is there any way that it could be allowed on our user pages only? That'd be cool.
posted by jonmc at 12:43 PM on December 6, 2006


Any chance of adding some self-determined tags so that folks with various online game systems/WoW characters/ham radio call signs can identify themselves and be searched up by those looking for similar Mefites?
posted by robocop is bleeding at 12:43 PM on December 6, 2006


I fixed the add/remove as a contact thing, and the plural stuff.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:58 PM on December 6, 2006


Add a contact is back. Plurals fixed. Look ok?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:01 PM on December 6, 2006


I tested it out on languagehat. He seems none the worse for wear.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:01 PM on December 6, 2006


How about a moving the RSS buttons to the left, so they're in their own column? Like this.
posted by hydrophonic at 1:34 PM on December 6, 2006


Could you guys make the directional info bold?

Ex:

Name: blah blah
Email: blah@blah.blah
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:38 PM on December 6, 2006


hydrophonic, that obscures what the RSS feed is for exactly. Putting it next to the posts makes it clear the feed is only for the posts, not the comments as well.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:58 PM on December 6, 2006


Could you guys make the directional info bold?

Naw, it just clutters things up.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:59 PM on December 6, 2006


Sweet.
posted by louigi at 2:49 PM on December 6, 2006


Thanks, Matt & Jessamyn - the organization makes a lot more sense to me, and it looks nice! Plus, a giant thank you for fixing the pesky "favorites" problems.
I really appreciate your "continuous improvement" philosphy and the work that it takes - thanks!
posted by madamjujujive at 3:07 PM on December 6, 2006


Oh! Shiny! I like it.
posted by LeeJay at 3:07 PM on December 6, 2006


Hey, would you guys want your flickr and delicious output on the userpage? I could see a sidebar on the bio text area showing your last 5 flickr photos and your last 10 links posted to delicious (if you specified your usernames on your preferences page).

That way, people would get some images and interesting links on their profiles without having to update it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:37 PM on December 6, 2006


Ooh!
posted by cortex at 3:38 PM on December 6, 2006


Oooh, yes, but make it 10 small Flickr photos, please. And you could always add a upcoming.org feed while you're at it...

And a bug report: my "top 10 tags" for AskMeFi (and probably MeFi too) seems to be wrong, or maybe just not updated in a long time. Is there a script that's supposed to run to update those once in a while?
posted by Asparagirl at 3:46 PM on December 6, 2006


Yes. Yes I would.
posted by grouse at 3:47 PM on December 6, 2006


I tested it out on languagehat.

So that's where that hickey came from! OK, you explain it to my wife!
posted by languagehat at 3:48 PM on December 6, 2006


I would also suggest that a small area where you can leave messages for a user would be nice. User deletable comments.
posted by dhruva at 3:52 PM on December 6, 2006


Just tell her I find your comments haberdashing.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:54 PM on December 6, 2006


"Hey, would you guys want your flickr and delicious output on the userpage?"

Yes, please!
posted by litlnemo at 4:01 PM on December 6, 2006


huh, awesome! Looks much less 2002 now. :) thanks!
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:01 PM on December 6, 2006


Ick, dhruva. List an email address. Post the nice things people say about you in the emails they send you.
posted by cortex at 4:01 PM on December 6, 2006


Seconding comments and the del.icio.us/Flickr integration.
posted by divabat at 4:07 PM on December 6, 2006


I didn't ask for it and I hate it. Can I have my old one back, please ?
posted by y2karl at 4:59 PM on December 6, 2006 [1 favorite]


My profile is busted if I am logged in, but logged out, it looks okay. Same results in Ffox 1.x, 2.0 and IE7.

Error: 1.0000000000000002 must be within range: ( -1 : 1 ) Kinda fussy, that ColdFusion.
posted by theora55 at 5:12 PM on December 6, 2006


Oh, and it was busted before the rearrangement.
posted by theora55 at 5:12 PM on December 6, 2006


It is so ugly. I hate the three columns. I hate the tags being listed. Now I am going to have to go strip all the tags from my posts.
posted by y2karl at 5:23 PM on December 6, 2006


Well, shit. I unthinkingly made some changes to better fit the new format, and lost my images.

I also lost my images so would appreciate the Flickr output.
posted by 404 Not Found at 5:24 PM on December 6, 2006


Didn't the contacts used to be in the order they were added, not alphabetical? I no longer have a way of knowing who new contacts are. Can that at least be a display option?
posted by Eideteker at 5:38 PM on December 6, 2006


I could see a sidebar on the bio text area showing your last 5 flickr photos and your last 10 links posted to delicious

That would be HOTT.
posted by Famous at 5:38 PM on December 6, 2006


(and I mean people who add me; as someone just did today, but I have no idea who it was because it's now alphabetical)
posted by Eideteker at 5:39 PM on December 6, 2006


Also, there's no way to know where one contact ends and the next begins. For example, on my page it says:

nonmerci (muse) pithy comment Plutor (met) ThePinkSuperhero (friend met)

Assuming I'm smart enough to figure out the alphabetical order part, I still don't know if there is such a user as "pithy comment Plutor" or if it's two users (or three and the alpha-order is broken) until I go a-clicking.
posted by Eideteker at 5:43 PM on December 6, 2006


Very nice changes. However, something seems wrong about the location of the personal webpage link. I keep looking for it somewhere near the email address..

As long as you're re-working the user pages, is there an easy way to add the number of Best Answers the user has given?

God no! How about we take the favorited by others count away.

As to why. I predict that if I put "I am an electrical engineer" at the top of all my answers, my best answer count would quadruple. Assuming, for the sake of argument, that I'm right about that, what would it tell you about the information content of a "best answers" count?
posted by Chuckles at 5:44 PM on December 6, 2006


sorry for the comment diarrhea; I should know better than to browse right after work. I'm all hyper!

So, in short, commas between contacts (or if commas are legal in nicks, as I think there is a user "kingfisher, his musclebound cat", maybe semicolons or something unmistakable/less mistakeable as a delimiter.
posted by Eideteker at 5:45 PM on December 6, 2006


Well, now I can see that stripping all my tags is going to be a month long effort. Oh, well. Onward and upward.
posted by y2karl at 5:46 PM on December 6, 2006


"I hate the tags being listed. Now I am going to have to go strip all the tags from my posts."

I don't get this. Weren't they listed in the old layout? I thought they were. And removing the tags would be an utterly lame response. Tags are helpful.
posted by litlnemo at 5:50 PM on December 6, 2006


Thanks for fixing the contacts! And another vote for flickr images - yes! please! brilliant!
posted by mygothlaundry at 5:56 PM on December 6, 2006


They weren't stuck up at the top. I don't want them on my page. Give me the option of not having them and I will not remove them.
posted by y2karl at 5:57 PM on December 6, 2006


I gussied up your user pages.

geez, you're as bad as my mother.
posted by quonsar at 6:00 PM on December 6, 2006


Oh, never mind. I am not going to be unhelpful. But I hate this lay out. It's ugly.
posted by y2karl at 6:03 PM on December 6, 2006


Ok, dammit, now who ELSE added me as a contact? ARRRGHH!
posted by Eideteker at 6:05 PM on December 6, 2006


y2karl, tags have been on user pages for, what, a year now? Or longer? Why are they suddenly a problem?
posted by timeistight at 6:10 PM on December 6, 2006


Because his FPP was deleted.
posted by Eideteker at 6:12 PM on December 6, 2006


The tags are actually further out of the way now and...

wait, dammit. Ok, now you're doing it on purpose. You're just adding me as a contact to see my blood pressure rise!
posted by Eideteker at 6:14 PM on December 6, 2006


I dig the new layout, it makes much better use of the available space. One thing worth noting, though. The little "what does your username mean" blurb is gone, rendering a large number of profiles senseless, or at least very silly-sounding. Easy enough for the user to correct, as long as they don't have images they're trying to hang on to, but I imagine not everyone will immediately notice the change.

Also, nth the flickr/delicious integration.
posted by Spike at 6:14 PM on December 6, 2006


It shouldn't have been, but still...
posted by timeistight at 6:16 PM on December 6, 2006


Thanks Matt, I like it
posted by nj_subgenius at 6:28 PM on December 6, 2006


jessamyn, so sorry. Thanks!
posted by nj_subgenius at 6:32 PM on December 6, 2006


(and I mean people who add me; as someone just did today, but I have no idea who it was because it's now alphabetical)

Twas me. I still had 0 contacts and so I decided to finally get around to adding a few while I ate some tacos. Yes.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 6:54 PM on December 6, 2006


I like it! And yes, adding the flickr stream thingie would be peachy.
posted by deborah at 6:55 PM on December 6, 2006


Hey, would you guys want your flickr and delicious output on the userpage? I could see a sidebar on the bio text area showing your last 5 flickr photos

That would be peachy keen. Or five random photos from a person's flickr stream like people always have on their blogs. Since some people don't add photos all the time but have thousands. Or just a huge picture of an animated dancing hamster.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 6:56 PM on December 6, 2006


Whoops, posted too soon! Eideteker! Where did you get the Metachat has a posse gif? Did you make it? Can I use it? Huh, huh, please? Pretty please with lotsa of fuzzie bunnies on top?
posted by deborah at 6:57 PM on December 6, 2006


I don't care that my post was deleted. I don't like the format.

One reason I quit using the small text in my posts is that my own eyesight has gotten seriuosly worse over the last two years. I can't read small text that good anymore. And with the spell check gone--now there's something we could all use--now I miss all these typos I can't see anymore because the text in the windows is so small. Which is annoying in itself. So, for me, because the top text in the top half of the page is now so small, these new columns are a lot harder to read and I can't do anything about that. If I make the text large enough to read on the lower half, it looks like some sort of chimera on the user page, like two very different things stitched together, unless I choose to use the same font as the tiny text columns. What's the point in being able to choose a font that won't match half the page ? Not much. So, no, I don't particularly like it. It's harder to read and I have less control over what I can do with my user page. For me, this is not a user friendly change.
posted by y2karl at 7:14 PM on December 6, 2006 [2 favorites]


Deborah, I posted it to MetaChat some months ago. But yes, you may certainly have it! I only ask that you post it to your own image hosting service rather than stealing my bandwidth.

(And to answer your question, I made it.)
posted by Eideteker at 7:18 PM on December 6, 2006


I love it!
posted by astruc at 7:29 PM on December 6, 2006


The revamped user pages are mostly nice, but a couple of things are really odd.

The link to the user's website would be far easier to find amongst the contact info than where it is in the page title.

The section where users get to witter on about their user name or whatever has a lot of stuff in that now looks weird when stripped of context. Could the question that these bits were originally written in answer to be restored¿

It seems odd that the geographical proximity of other MeFites should take up the majority of the page. (On consideration, this is exacerbated in my case because I live in NYC and have nothing to say about myself in that section above, but it's something like 80% of the page).
posted by nowonmai at 7:29 PM on December 6, 2006


Seems fine, but please increase the font size at the top back to what it was previously. (Seriously, I'm begging here.)

*eyes get down on knees*
posted by mediareport at 7:41 PM on December 6, 2006


karl, you can still edit your preferences to increase the default and small text size.
posted by yhbc at 7:42 PM on December 6, 2006


I changed the font sizes to whatever your settings are. I added the about my username blurb back in.

I'll redo the people near you thing to take up less room.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:45 PM on December 6, 2006


Ah. Okay, now you can edit your preferences to increase the default and small text size.
posted by yhbc at 7:52 PM on December 6, 2006


Ah, thank you. Although I suppose I should admit my "seems fine" is more of a "don't care." It didn't seem broke, and this doesn't seem to fix anything. If I had to offer a comment, the font size increase (thank you thank you thank you) makes the table columns on my screen too narrow so there are ugly line breaks in the comment and thread counts. Maybe go to two columns at the top and put the "social" stuff below? Also, I agree that replacing the URL info with "website" removes easily accessible, useful information for no reason.
posted by mediareport at 7:52 PM on December 6, 2006


Metafilter: It didn't seem broke, and this doesn't seem to fix anything.
posted by quonsar at 8:08 PM on December 6, 2006 [2 favorites]


I liked the small text on my user page, but don't like it on the front page. And now, because of the stupid old myopics I have to settle for one or the other.

Why don't y'all go read a large print Reader's Digest now that you've ruined my internet experience?

Tongue partly in cheek, I acknowledge the importance of usability and really, it's not something worth getting upset about. Also, I've worn glasses since I was seven, and am legally not even allowed to walk without them, let alone drive.
But they'll never read this disclaimer, because they're old, stupid, and myopic! Hahahaha!

posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:18 PM on December 6, 2006


It didn't seem broke, and this doesn't seem to fix anything.

Are you high? It was a giant mess that took up 3-4 screens full of information that could fit in one, like it does now. The information itself is now organized towards stuff about you, stuff about what you do on mefi, and stuff about other people you are connected to.

If I had to offer a comment, the font size increase (thank you thank you thank you) makes the table columns on my screen too narrow so there are ugly line breaks in the comment and thread counts. Maybe go to two columns at the top and put the "social" stuff below?

That's why the fonts were smaller, to make it fit best. It works great if you have your fonts below 16px (12points) and a browser around 1000px wide. People with larger fonts/smaller screens will get line breaks happening naturally.

Also, I agree that replacing the URL info with "website" removes easily accessible, useful information for no reason.

Printing out the url was a bit of an eyesore (some people put in 200 character URLs) and you can get the same information by simply hovering over the word "website".
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:20 PM on December 6, 2006


I think there needs to be at least one space between the top part and the question "What's the deal with your nickname?", etc. Without the space, it's looking a little bit smooshed, particularly with people who have longer lists in the top section.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:36 PM on December 6, 2006 [1 favorite]


It's a bit ugly, but I assume you're going to tighten it up later in terms of line-heights and stuff.

No big deal either way. It's not something we see that often, anyway.

What I'd like to know is what we can and cannot include in our profile customizations. Images are out, clearly, and I seem to recall that we were barred from using offsite css files... is html still allowed, or stripped? Inline css?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:14 PM on December 6, 2006


Thank you mathowie and jessamyn. A shiny neatly reorganized profile page was all I wanted for Christmas.
Next Christmas could I have my color back?
posted by Cranberry at 9:15 PM on December 6, 2006


Inline css is actually what most of the profiles were using (mine for example) and it goes away if you try to alter your profile. I used my other username and messed around with the profile some a while back and all of the html I tried went away too.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 9:26 PM on December 6, 2006


Be wary of sunlight too, weretable, those are mushrooms on your user page, right?
posted by Cranberry at 9:35 PM on December 6, 2006


It would be nicer if we could have a choice between this and the old one. I don't like this one.
posted by y2karl at 10:07 PM on December 6, 2006


Really y2karl? Because I wasn't clear on your stance the first three times you said it.

Sometimes things in the world change. It happens. Deal with it.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:18 PM on December 6, 2006 [2 favorites]


Are you high?

No, but I've been thinking lately I could use something and was wondering the other day who I could call to get some. It's been a while.

Anyway, no need to question my mental state; I just use the profile pages in a different way than you do, and value different things there than you do. It happens. The changes didn't make the way I use those pages any easier, and removed information that was nice to see at the top, at first glance, for no reason I could understand. Cut the URLs at 50 characters if you have to, but please consider bringing them back.

That's why the fonts were smaller, to make it fit best.

Right, I got that; what I'm (rather elliptically) saying is that if you have the table set up in such a way that it only looks good with a small font size, maybe you should set up the table differently. I'm done now.
posted by mediareport at 11:17 PM on December 6, 2006


More info in less space, easier to use, more organized and nicer looking.

Thanks, Matt & Jess.
posted by ibmcginty at 11:33 PM on December 6, 2006


It is more organized, not better looking, but that's a good thing.

The link to the user's website would be far easier to find amongst the contact info than where it is in the page title.

See, I knew I wasn't crazy :)
posted by Chuckles at 11:49 PM on December 6, 2006


Another voice for "move the link to the user's website closer to their contact info".

Also, is there a reason that some parts are highlighted in dark blue, while others are just the default light blue? (I'm thinking things like email address, lat/long, occupation, etc.). It's not a complaint, more like a "I know there must be a reason, but what is it?"
posted by Bugbread at 1:55 AM on December 7, 2006


bugbread: items highlighted in dark blue are only visible to logged in users.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:09 AM on December 7, 2006


Ah, cool, thanks.
posted by Bugbread at 3:15 AM on December 7, 2006


lovely, thankyou.
posted by sgt.serenity at 5:45 AM on December 7, 2006


Matt, the "see other users near you" on my user page has been broken for months. Instead of a list of people I get a big ugly error box. I checked the profile of another user that I know lives near me, and her's is broken also.

Is it just Maine?
posted by anastasiav at 7:09 AM on December 7, 2006


Nobody really lives in Maine, do they?
posted by yhbc at 7:37 AM on December 7, 2006


Would it make sense to make the linked user numbers a link, rather than having that small text link beneath it? Either to anchor links on the contact page for "linked to" and "linked by," or even both just going to the contact page?

So:

Links to: 0 users
Linked by: 9 users

That way the "linked numbers" scheme carries through from the posts column?

(I fear I'm being horribly unclear here...)
posted by occhiblu at 8:43 AM on December 7, 2006


Also, I don't understand why tags are listed as social. Shouldn't favorites be social, and tags be under contributions?
posted by occhiblu at 8:45 AM on December 7, 2006


y2karl writes "It would be nicer if we could have a choice between this and the old one. "

Let's just stick to a single user page. It's as much about navigation as it is vital stats and user interfaces should try for consistancy.
posted by Mitheral at 9:14 AM on December 7, 2006


meh. i prefer the old way, but i never really go to people's user pages (sorry).

i do appreciate all the work behind it, so....thanks.
posted by dogwalker at 9:29 AM on December 7, 2006


It looks good, mathowie.

One pony request - can/will you add a spot for Yahoo IM ids (similar to the AIM and ICQ already there)?

Thanks, Eideteker. I missed that thread.
posted by deborah at 10:04 AM on December 7, 2006


Yaaay, it's so pretty.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:03 PM on December 7, 2006 [1 favorite]


Brill!

I second/third/whatever the request to put the website in the contact info column rather than the header.

Also, is there any good reason to have email addresses in the "blah at blah dot com" style instead of a clickable mailto: link? Copying, pasting and editing an address when you want to mail someone is just a needless faff - if spam is the reason for it, maybe some sort of javascript obfuscation could be used.
posted by jack_mo at 1:25 PM on December 7, 2006


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posted by item at 7:01 PM on December 11, 2006


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