"And now to add a quote from Ayn Rand ..." December 19, 2011 4:27 PM   Subscribe

Related to pony still in the stable: how often do you update your profile?

I was originally going to put in a pony request to have "[User X] has updated their profile" appear in the Contact Activity, but then, how often do you all change your profile anyway? Do you change the pic? Your statement to the community? Your favorite posts? When was the last time you changed any of these, if ever? About how often does it happen?

I'm just curious, is all, if this pony request would, if implemented, even get a lot of use. Or if you all are totally switching things up in your profile on a regular basis without anyone knowing unless they keep checking it out to see if you updated anything.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing to Feature Requests at 4:27 PM (120 comments total)

Hardly ever.

But I did add a picture to it last week.
posted by zarq at 4:31 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


The only changes I've ever made are updating my location and adding a couple "also on" sites. Otherwise, it's the same as the day I joined, and my ten-year anniversary here is a week from today.

holy shit.
posted by LionIndex at 4:32 PM on December 19, 2011


NEVER!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:33 PM on December 19, 2011 [22 favorites]


TPS and Gator? Never. As for myself, I recently updated the self-portrait in my profile.
posted by gman at 4:34 PM on December 19, 2011


Having the mods move your comment before mine was a pretty dirty trick.
posted by gman at 4:47 PM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


zarq, you are a lot younger than I expected and definitely much wiser than I was at your age.

Strange timing of this MeTa; I changed mine for the first time in ages just this weekend.
posted by Hoopo at 4:49 PM on December 19, 2011


When I:

a: have something to add
b: remember I have something to add
c: can be arsed to do it.

It is a small venn diagram of happening-es-nous, though.
posted by Brockles at 4:53 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks for reminding me, haven't changed it in a couple of days.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:54 PM on December 19, 2011


I have demi-gods to do that shit.
posted by Hey, Zeus! at 4:55 PM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Adorable new pic, zarq!

And to answer the question: not much. Usually only to take advantage of some profile feature I hadn't noticed (birthday line) or which hadn't existed before (new also on sites). I changed my status line once due to a MetaTalk thread, in a probably vain effort to outsnark the snark.
posted by bearwife at 4:55 PM on December 19, 2011


Once or twice a year, maybe. Just tweaks.
posted by Artw at 4:56 PM on December 19, 2011


yeah, once a year max
posted by mannequito at 4:58 PM on December 19, 2011


The last time I remember changing my profile was to fix it after RoboForm helpfully set my "occupation" to be my official title at work when I changed some unrelated preference. Also, I occasionally add web service links.

I was originally going to put in a pony request to have "[User X] has updated their profile" appear in the Contact Activity

I would ride this pony.
posted by grouse at 4:59 PM on December 19, 2011


I change it every once in a while, probably once every couple of months.
posted by Kattullus at 5:02 PM on December 19, 2011


I shift the latitude of my location one hundredth of a second every full moon.
posted by Abiezer at 5:03 PM on December 19, 2011 [11 favorites]


I like this pony. Being made more aware of profiles would probably inspire me to make mine less boring. Maybe even commission another portrait.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 5:06 PM on December 19, 2011


I finally changed my profile pic after like three years recently cause someone drew a picture of me on a condom
posted by The Whelk at 5:21 PM on December 19, 2011


I change my profile every time I get a new fake job. Which I do often, because I'm an awful fake employee.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 5:24 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


It depends on how you spell my user name.
posted by unliteral at 5:26 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I tweak something every few months.

In return for this critical information, I DEMAND THAT EVERYONE LOOK AT MY PROFILE PICTURE AND MARVEL AT THE CUTENESS THAT IS MY KITTY!

WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS?!

CLICK HERE \/ !!!!
posted by Salvor Hardin at 5:27 PM on December 19, 2011 [11 favorites]


Oh wow! MyAnimeList is one of the "Also on" choices.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 5:29 PM on December 19, 2011


I add things to my little AskMe FAQ on my profile every few months and I go in to turn MeMail off when I travel but I don't change it much at all otherwise.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:34 PM on December 19, 2011


If I'm asking a question that requires backstory, I might put the backstory in my profile, otherwise - nobody looks there, surely?
posted by b33j at 5:36 PM on December 19, 2011


I make small changes here and there.
posted by zennie at 5:37 PM on December 19, 2011


When the mood strikes me.
posted by jonmc at 5:37 PM on December 19, 2011


Haven't touched it since the day I set up shop.
posted by Trurl at 5:43 PM on December 19, 2011


Joined in mid-2008. Apart from one change in location when I moved a year and a half ago, I think it is unchanged since day one.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:02 PM on December 19, 2011


When the mood strikes, which is rarely.
posted by EvaDestruction at 6:19 PM on December 19, 2011


I haven't changed mine since I last asked for the same pony.

Those two facts aren't related, that's just how it panned out.
posted by Sparx at 6:23 PM on December 19, 2011


Hoopo: "6zarq, you are a lot younger than I expected and definitely much wiser than I was at your age."

Heh.

That's my son, of course. the pic never fails to makes me laugh.

And he's way smarter than me. :)

bearwife: "Adorable new pic, zarq! "

Ty, ty.
posted by zarq at 6:27 PM on December 19, 2011


Whenever I do something embarrassing onsite and need to further hide my true identity, which thankfully is happening less and less frequently with the passing of time. Of course, the real reason I'm acting less a fool is probably because of my gradual decline in use of the site, though this could easily change with little notice.
posted by item at 6:33 PM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


When the mod strikes me, which can be frequent depending on my behaviour.
posted by slogger at 6:36 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I like tinkering with my picture now and then, and of course I have to add links to the ever-expanding Vreeland Network of Dilapidated Websites. Some things have needed to be made past-tense, and I just re- jiggered my gender and profession for the fist time in 7 years just a few months ago.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:47 PM on December 19, 2011


Apart from adding the occasional social network link, I'll sometimes change the picture up, but that's only a once every year or two kind of thing.

I've been thinking about adding some kind of directory to my favorite sites I've posted about before, though.
posted by Rhaomi at 6:54 PM on December 19, 2011


I add or subtract things from my profile depending on how enamored or disgusted I am with the metafilter community at the moment. The closer I am to disabling my account, the less information appears in my profile. The happier I am with the community, the more I add accurate information.
posted by crunchland at 6:56 PM on December 19, 2011


I changed my profile pic a few months ago because seriously, how long can you go with a pic of yourself at age 7? I switched to a shot from my difficult teen years instead.
posted by maudlin at 6:59 PM on December 19, 2011


I'll add stuff a couple times a day for a few months, then go months without doing it, then add stuff a couple times a day. Then after a year or so I'll remove it all and start doing it again. I hope somebody saw it and got a kick out of a funny link or comment here or there.
posted by cashman at 7:08 PM on December 19, 2011


I'm updating my profile constantly. With sweet, sweet favorites.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:14 PM on December 19, 2011


Burhanistan: I'm updating my profile constantly. With sweet, sweet favorites.

Judging by your current profile pic, I'd say they're going to your head.
posted by gman at 7:21 PM on December 19, 2011


I would expect you to be more sensitive about my parentage.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:24 PM on December 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


Maybe once or twice a year, if that. Not sure I'm keen on the idea of MeFi getting to be any more like Facebook.
posted by dg at 7:37 PM on December 19, 2011


zarq has the best kids.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:38 PM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


every 37½ seconds.
posted by scruss at 7:46 PM on December 19, 2011


shakespeherian: zarq has the best kids.

ColdChef will hunt you down.
posted by gman at 7:49 PM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


twice, maybe, in ten years.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:55 PM on December 19, 2011


I think I've updated mine twice in six years.
posted by Decani at 7:56 PM on December 19, 2011


Never in 11 years.
posted by victors at 7:59 PM on December 19, 2011


Once or twice a year.
posted by deborah at 8:14 PM on December 19, 2011


I change it once in awhile, when it feels like there's something to add. But for that pony to be useful you'd have to link to a whole bunch of...

*checks MSTPT's profile*

237 users! Holy smokes!
posted by Kevin Street at 8:16 PM on December 19, 2011


ColdChef will hunt you down.

ColdChef's kids are like 300 years old now. zarq's kids are the new hotness.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:38 PM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is a placeholder comment just so I can check back later and see whatever devastingly awesome photo ColdChef manages to post of his kids.
posted by Curious Artificer at 8:50 PM on December 19, 2011 [4 favorites]


Only when I have a new picture of my cats.
posted by kingbenny at 8:53 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Salvor, that kitten is indeed adorable.
posted by smoke at 8:57 PM on December 19, 2011


Clearly we need some kind of lord of the flies type situation to determine who are the Best Kids.
posted by The Whelk at 8:58 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


A couple of changes per year. Mostly new lies andd lulz-y profile pictures, really. Think I'll update it now.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 9:08 PM on December 19, 2011


I fill these forms out once. However, after I discovered that the "status" field was intended to signal one's sexual status, and not one's position in society, I updated mine to reflect a hitherto never-before considered category.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 9:54 PM on December 19, 2011


i wish we didn't have to update the comment counts manually.
posted by klangklangston at 10:45 PM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


About once every continent
posted by infini at 10:51 PM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


My profile is completely uninteresting.
Though it didn't keep quonsar from being a dick about it.
posted by Quonab at 11:46 PM on December 19, 2011


Fuck this, I'm just going to drop this here, you know what, fuck it. There's nothing wrong with liking The Doors. Moonlight Drive is an awesome song.
posted by Afroblanco at 12:13 AM on December 20, 2011 [3 favorites]


I update my profile about every five months, usually when I launch a new project or something.
posted by fake at 1:33 AM on December 20, 2011


Probably half a dozen times a year or so, if I come across a new link I want to keep there, or change my picture or whatever.

I love snooping at people's profile pages.
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 2:36 AM on December 20, 2011


I lost a really good photo of my niece's alien teeth when I tinkered with my post (the photo now suits, anyway) and I sometimes add stuff that I delete later.
posted by h00py at 3:11 AM on December 20, 2011


I only update mine about once a week, or so, when I'm about to give away another new car to one of the lucky visitors.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 3:18 AM on December 20, 2011 [3 favorites]


When I spot another user with a Culture ship username.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:28 AM on December 20, 2011 [4 favorites]


Talking about updating one's profile got me to update mine, and to start a new Twitter account. Because I don't have enough of mediums of expression at hand already.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 4:14 AM on December 20, 2011


Yeah, I updated mine right after reading this post. World of Warcraft as a social network? Woot!
posted by ladygypsy at 4:36 AM on December 20, 2011


I update mine occasionally, mostly to change the status of MeFiSwap sign-ups but also every so often when the urge strikes to go back and find more stupid MeTa posts.
posted by carsonb at 5:00 AM on December 20, 2011


Maybe 4 times in the 10 years I've been here.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 5:04 AM on December 20, 2011


Every time I get Married. Or divorced. Or both.
posted by Sailormom at 5:04 AM on December 20, 2011


Just updated in the past couple of days, but that was the first time I can remember updating it at all. Boring profile tends not to need much tending.
posted by sciencegeek at 5:16 AM on December 20, 2011


Every time I learn a new definition of "panjandrum."
posted by Panjandrum at 5:21 AM on December 20, 2011


My profile is completely uninteresting.
Though it didn't keep quonsar from being a dick about it.


Being a dick is quonsar's most endearing quality, but in this case I'm sure he was just happy to meet another member of the the quon% clan.
posted by Panjandrum at 5:24 AM on December 20, 2011


I update it several times in a two month period, once a year, with secret quonsar info (links to relevant MT threads, and this year, I added a permenant link to the signups are live! email notification list. )

Also, last year there was a devastating pie coup, and a former favorite dropped 4 places on my list of ranked pies. Still, no one ever reads it, except my cats who are secretly plotting to overthrow me and exile me from my bedroom.
posted by julen at 5:32 AM on December 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


Every time I move location. Or if I'm bored at work.
posted by arcticseal at 5:44 AM on December 20, 2011


Clearly we need some kind of lord of the flies type situation to determine who are the Best Kids.

I believe you are referring to the film Mad Mini: Beyond KinderDome. "Two tykes enter, one tyke leaves!"

And to answer the question, I almost never change my profile details, but I would welcome this pony because I once in a while enjoy looking at other people's profiles and enjoying how much more creative theirs are than mine.
posted by Forktine at 6:26 AM on December 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


shakespeherian: zarq has the best kids.

ColdChef will hunt you down.


BABBY FIGHT!
posted by ColdChef at 6:34 AM on December 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've never put anything in my profile.
posted by modernnomad at 6:39 AM on December 20, 2011


When I moved this Summer I made some edits: location changed but I made deletions, mostly. I think that was the first significant set of changes to my profile since I joined.

I would appreciate such a pony.
posted by safetyfork at 7:06 AM on December 20, 2011


Or did I make additions, mostly? It was that long ago....
posted by safetyfork at 7:10 AM on December 20, 2011


shakespeherian: "zarq has the best kids."

Nah. ColdChef's kids are totally adorable. :)
posted by zarq at 7:18 AM on December 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


My profile picture is from when people were putting guns in their profiles. I never changed it back.
posted by yeti at 7:23 AM on December 20, 2011


I update my profile rarely. I need to take another novelty photo so I can re-theme my profile. Oh well, I have about 2 months before I'll be forced to update my location, so I guess there's no rush.
posted by owtytrof at 7:23 AM on December 20, 2011


I update about once a year, when I go and look and realize all my allegedly current projects have been abandoned and need to be replaced with the actually current ones.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:29 AM on December 20, 2011


Once a year or so, max. It just doesn't need much updating and it's not like you can't find me other places.
posted by tommasz at 7:32 AM on December 20, 2011


cortex: "I update about once a year, when I go and look and realize all my allegedly current projects have been abandoned and need to be replaced with the actually current ones."

I've been trying to write up an update to your wiki page profile and it's been slow going. Lots of abandoned projects!
posted by zarq at 7:35 AM on December 20, 2011


About as often as I post.

*lurk, lurk*
posted by JeffK at 7:38 AM on December 20, 2011


I just updated my photo to include my girlfriend and my dog because I HAVE A FAMILY NOW.

Also, I update the Woody Allen quote that serves as my profile every once in a while.
posted by griphus at 8:28 AM on December 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


I updated my picture recently after I was all "you should totally shave your head and own your baldness man" in an askmefi and then realized that my profile pic was several years old and still showing some hair.
posted by jquinby at 8:41 AM on December 20, 2011


Oh God, I have not updated my profile since 2004. (But think of all I've gotten done since then!)     *Looks around*     Oh.     Sad, not much.
posted by RJ Reynolds at 9:34 AM on December 20, 2011


Last change I made was to say that I "used to makes drugs for a living - haven't you paid attention to the song!?!?!"

Prior to that, I deleted my website like where I was using a comment Cortex once made, saying that if you wanted to use a picture of your drunk uncle as your website then that was just dandy. Unfortunately, the way the link worked, you had to devote too much effort to figure out my subtle not terribly funny joke.

So maybe I look at it once or twice a year.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 9:49 AM on December 20, 2011


Nah. ColdChef's kids are totally adorable. :)

Is it wrong to suggest that we should breed our children for maximum adorableness? That's not creepy, right?
posted by ColdChef at 9:53 AM on December 20, 2011 [2 favorites]


I updated my profile picture when I got a photo of me with Dame Edna. Other than that, it's pretty static. I don't think I'll be able to change my profile pic unless I can stalk John Waters on the streets of SF and get him to pose for a pic with me.
posted by agatha_magatha at 10:27 AM on December 20, 2011


"That's not creepy, right?"

It is if you know how animals are selectively bred for favored traits.

In general, though, natural selection favors adorable children. Artificial selection in addition would produce some freaky kitten/Emma Watson/furby/koala hybrid wearing Etsy mittens and a top hat and that would be bad.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 11:18 AM on December 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


Isn't that pretty much just Zooey Deschanel?
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:28 AM on December 20, 2011 [5 favorites]


Speaking of ColdChef's daughters, a Facebook friend of mine posted this pic a couple of days ago. I was just about to explain to him that OMG I know the guy who took that photo! when I remembered that OMG I don't really know the guy that took that photo! at all. Then the photo slid off of my page and I didn't even like his post. True story.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 5:51 PM on December 20, 2011 [2 favorites]


That's the craziest thing. That pic went viral and I've had people all over the world tell me they've seen it on all reddit and SA and fark and stangers' facebookings. I think it's hilarious, but I've gotten some stern condemnations, too. Heh. Nice to know it is still making the rounds.
posted by ColdChef at 6:13 PM on December 20, 2011


Just to add a profile pic, and my son's all "geez Mom, are you 15 and is this MySpace?" and I'm all "well if I could get someone ELSE to take my picture for me..."
posted by ersatzkat at 6:23 PM on December 20, 2011


I love satin, too.
posted by crunchland at 6:24 PM on December 20, 2011


Speaking of ColdChef's daughters, a Facebook friend of mine posted this pic a couple of days ago.

Greatest misspelling eve.r My daughter once made me a drawing of a "hores," and once for my birthday, (I think she was four) signed the card "daddy's little angle," but that one takes the cake.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:20 PM on December 20, 2011


So is the pony being considered?
posted by grouse at 9:05 PM on December 20, 2011


Less than once a year, roughly.
posted by Anything at 9:10 PM on December 20, 2011


Haven't updated. Need a new picture though since my hair is now just about touching the ground.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 11:00 PM on December 20, 2011


Every time I have a better profile photo.
posted by adamvasco at 11:28 PM on December 20, 2011


Never. I lurked for so long (eight years?) that having a profile at all is enough of an improvement for me.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 7:45 AM on December 21, 2011


I'd like to escalate the battle of cute children with this: my 7yo daughter's original Christmas play. Written and directed by her. Lousy camerawork by me.
posted by ColdChef at 9:08 AM on December 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


ColdChef: "Is it wrong to suggest that we should breed our children for maximum adorableness? That's not creepy, right?"

Not at all - all kids are adorable, though. They have to be or we wouldn't feed them. They stop being adorable at about the same time they learn to fend for themselves.
posted by dg at 1:39 PM on December 21, 2011


ColdChef: " Is it wrong to suggest that we should breed our children for maximum adorableness? That's not creepy, right?"

Oh, not at all. :)
posted by zarq at 2:15 PM on December 21, 2011


WHAT HAVE I TOLD YOU PEOPLE ABOUT TRYING TO MAKE A KWISATZ HADERACH.
posted by griphus at 2:19 PM on December 21, 2011 [4 favorites]


I made a golem instead. Does my work for me and no pesky mating.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:21 PM on December 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


Erin has a message for all the would-be usurpers.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:21 PM on December 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


I just keep a humoncoli around, takes up less space, less mess.
posted by The Whelk at 2:26 PM on December 21, 2011


I'm kinda warming up to the freaky kitten/Emma Watson/furby/koala hybrid wearing Etsy mittens and a top hat idea, myself. Does anyone have a photo of Zooey Deschanel in Etsy mittens and a top hat? (I'm flexible on the work and mating thing.)

For some reason, this conversation just reminded me of Ekaterina Sedia's, The Alchemy of Stone.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 5:04 PM on December 21, 2011


I'm not into outfits
posted by The Whelk at 5:15 PM on December 21, 2011


Not sure that I have ever changed it. Not that there's much in there.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 6:16 PM on December 21, 2011


I peek at and tweak mine occasionally... when I'm feeling froody. Not much has changed for the better... and the worse it too much to document. I too would ride this pony. It would be nice to know when good things happen to those who connect to us.
posted by PROD_TPSL at 10:34 PM on December 22, 2011


Changed it a little bit, not much - slight updates although reading others is informative and interesting.

yhbc has gone missing ever since he informed us that he joined a masonic lodge on his profile.
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:09 PM on December 23, 2011




Your child is in league with Satin.
posted by The Whelk at 3:57 PM on December 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


jessamyn: I made a golem instead.

Does it not go without saying that we're all now waiting for you to follow up with a recipe?
posted by Anything at 10:51 AM on December 29, 2011


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