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August 30th, 2007, 18:00
I'm working on the display of profile pages at the moment and couldn't help but notice that nobody fills in anything except for the location maybe. One reason could be that not much is displayed next to posts anyway (except for the location ), another that the available profile fields are kinda "meh".

So my question is, what profile fields would you like to see?

We have these:

- Biography
- Interests
- Location
- Occupation

I'm thinking of changing "Biography" to "About me" and allow more than 100 characters. Dunno about the rest.

What else? Favourite RPGs? Favourite movies? … ?

Thanks for your input.

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August 30th, 2007, 18:19
Possible additions could be:

- Gender
- Favourite RPGs
- Favourite MMORPGs
- Favourite Non-RPGs

I seldom fill out the "biography" and "Interests" fields because that seems too private. Though stating which games I like is a bit more innocent/unimportant/trivial so I don't mind filling that out.

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August 30th, 2007, 19:14
Does anyone actually read these things? Other than birthdays?

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August 30th, 2007, 19:18
Originally Posted by txa1265 View Post
Does anyone actually read these things? Other than birthdays?
Hah, I must admit I've checked your profile out once.

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August 30th, 2007, 19:31
Originally Posted by txa1265 View Post
Does anyone actually read these things? Other than birthdays?
Not really, but the profile page itself is viewed pretty often, I think. As I'm integrating it into the normal RPG Watch design, I might just as well make it look pretty. Default profile fields != pretty.

Personally, I use it often to find all posts by someone. No, not for spying, but for research.

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August 30th, 2007, 20:26
I think most people are leery of putting down anything too personal. but I'd chime in on the idea of favorite games and interests, even favorite books and films maybe.

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August 30th, 2007, 20:33
Originally Posted by Asbjoern View Post
Hah, I must admit I've checked your profile out once.
Stalker! Stalker!

I don't think I've looked at anyone's profile intentionally. A few times I accidently clicked on a user's name, which links to the profile. That's pretty much it.

Seems to me that most interests that people care to share end up in their signature in some form, so I don't know that there's much info that would be added in the profile.

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August 30th, 2007, 21:31
I like the 'favorite RPG' option.

And I often read profiles . Even those I don't have to read.

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August 30th, 2007, 23:34
Personally I do read some profiles for specific reasons. I would keep it a short list and lump the games in one part and other interests or information as a second and just let us comment as we desire. I do agree most of us are guarded so it will all be general anyway.

Bart and Corwin should just admit that when it gets down to it, I will have the final say.
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August 31st, 2007, 03:49
Okay folks, I've activated the changes to profile pages, you can see an example with some example data here: Arhu's Profile.

I've changed the profile picture's possible dimensions to max 200x300 (was 120x120 before), so if you want to update yours, go ahead. There's still a couple glitches and some things that don't work as I'd like them to, but that will have to wait for tomorrow and I'm sure you get the idea.

Note that you don't have to fill in anything at all, just what you feel like sharing with us fellow RPGWatchers (and the whole wide world ).
For convenience here's a link to where you can update your profile.

Jaz: Feel free to add or remove profile fields as you see fit.

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August 31st, 2007, 07:49
*evil cackle*
That's great, Arhu. Good job.
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August 31st, 2007, 15:55
Cool - thanks for the direct linkage … makes my life easier

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September 8th, 2007, 18:35
Come on, people. I see that few have filled out the new user profile display. So would you kindly?

@Arhu, the new profile display is really a great piece of work. It's the first time on a message board that I've felt an interest in filling it. It adds depth to this site (if people would fill their profiles), so good work!
But I have a suggestion too. Perhaps the boxes to the right on the profile page ("Forum Info", "Contact Info" and "Group Memberships") should have a dividing line between them, just like "Picture Watch", "Poll Watch" and Future Watch" have on the front page?

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I rarely look into other's profiles, but I've updated mine.

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I updated mine too
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September 13th, 2007, 13:35
Asbjoern: Mucho gracias, and yes, there should be dividing lines.

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September 13th, 2007, 17:36
Well after reading some of the other updates, I went in and gussied mine up a bit too. It is kind of nice to get a little background on people.

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September 13th, 2007, 19:10
All right, all right. Damn, peer pressure is a pain.

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September 15th, 2007, 23:34
Some info about the hardware and OS people are using would be nice; would also be handy to check when someone has technical problems. I think this would be something people would actually put in their profile, at least when registering the first time.
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September 15th, 2007, 23:42
Originally Posted by MasterLich View Post
Some info about the hardware and OS people are using would be nice; would also be handy to check when someone has technical problems. I think this would be something people would actually put in their profile, at least when registering the first time.
Why not. One field for hardware and one for OS or do you have anything else in mind? It shouldn't be too detailed though, a hardware list (including consoles) can quickly grow too large, better let the user decide about the specifics.

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