Profiles: How Do You Use Them (or Want To?)

Hi all. As you know we’re working on a profiles update, and given all the new stuff it’ll include, it’ll get some new design as well. We’re trying to figure out what is most important to show in the default view, how to categorize sections/views, and in terms of layout, how to structure it so that no one’s profile looks like crap if they haven’t participated in much of anything yet. To that end, if you have a minute, can you comment with the answers to these questions? If you have time to ask some people you know and get their input as well, go for it. Thanks!

  • When you go to a wordpress.org profile, what are you looking for? If you go for multiple things, which are most important to you?
  • Is there information we don’t currently show in our profiles that you would find helpful?
  • Currently we have sections for Activity Stream (temporal information) and several “collections” of a person’s stuff (plugins and themes they’ve authored, plugins they’ve favorited, etc). Changes to items in a collection show up in the activity stream as well, but the collections are not tied to a temporal display. Does stream + collections make sense, or should the collection items just be part of the stream, or should they be separate but on the same view based on type, or do you have any other ideas on whether this distinction is useful or irrelevant? Any thoughts or ideas are worth sharing here.
  • Feel free to add any other new thoughts on profiles, but be prepared for us not to act on them in this week’s project given the timing. :)

Update: If you don’t know how to find the profile I’m talking about, it’s at http://profiles.wordpress.org/yourwordpressdotorgusername :)