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Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 11:39
Subject: [beta] #profiles
Profiles is an area I had a couple thought in as well. I don't think of
this as a high priority area to work on, but while my mind is on it, I thought
I would share.
To start off with, I should say I am perfectly happy with the way they are
now. Less is more. However, some folks may feel differently.
I can think of a couple of permutations of this off top.
Some folks may want to share their info with the communities they are part
of. While I think there is a strong sentiment out there that email
groups differ from a social network, and are not meant in the same vein, I
think more options are never a bad thing, and for those that want a more
robust profile, why not offer it as an option?
Another aspect of this thought is that even with the minimalist profile
that exists today, some folks may wish to be more private and not share which
groups they are part of. Stalking and harassment are very real online,
and folks deserve to protect their anonymity on any service these days.
Along these same lines, people who do want to share profile info may only want
to share certain things about themselves with certain groups, Managing
all your various data points on a group by group basis doesn't sound very
practical to me though.
However, I think if you had the ability to create Alias Profiles which
stood as a "mask" for your Main Profile in regards to a specific group, this
would be a lot easier to manage. Then when you subscribe to a group (and
at any point after) you could choose to be seen in that group using your
chosen Alias Profile instead. This way you control your sharing per
group without having to manage which item goes where on each field and
complicate your Main Profile. Just make one you want for the group(s)
Another application of this would be to be able to make characters for
RPGs. Adds to the feel of the group if you can create an in-character
persona for people to view. Granted, a wiki works for that as well, but
folks could then easily re-use one in a second group without the need to copy
Of course the email stays the same if the user changes profiles, so there's
not true anonymity, but people clicking on the person could only get as deep
as the user decides.
Just a couple thoughts. Like I say, low on my own list of priorities,
but for those inclined to discuss the feature, these were a couple of "drive