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When I look at the accounts listed at a "users"-page (example), I do not see any of the meta accounts – not even when on meta.tex.stackexchange.com, at my own users-page, and choosing "view more":

example profile with suggestion for meta data placement

While meta does not have its own reputation but inherits it from the main page, the "last seen", "badges", "questions", and "answers" are meta-specific.

Could this information be added to the users page, please? I added an example in the image above.

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I think that would be way too much clutter. How do you propose these are sorted? –  slhck Dec 31 '11 at 13:17
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@slhck: The badges and Q&As could be showed direct below the main-site values. Below the reputation there could be a "Meta:" to indicate that the second row are for the related meta account. –  Martin Scharrer Dec 31 '11 at 13:38
    
@MartinScharrer: +1, yes, one line would be sufficient, does not have to be bold and can even have a smaller font size or grey instead of black colour. After the "last seen" entries there is about 75% of a line which is free. –  Stephen Dec 31 '11 at 14:25

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I like this suggestion, but don't think showing just the meta badges serves any purpose other than padding one's badge display. Instead of just "Meta", it could show something like Q: 15/60, A: 50/200, where the first number in each is the number of Q/A and the second number is the net votes total. This shows the user's participation at a glance and you can get a quick sense of which communities they're active in (other than asking/answering). This is the same format used to show a candidate's meta participation in the elections (here's an example from the recent SO election)

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Showing just the badges is useless, as the gold and silver that you have there could be for Fanatic and Enthusiast respectively, which are useless and tell me nothing about your participation.

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"there could be for Fanatic and Enthusiast respectively" In my case they are indeed, but what I personally are interested in is the "last seen" information. Just thought: Why not add all/the same information as for the main account? (At least when viewing ones own site - does not even have to be public visible.) –  Stephen Dec 31 '11 at 18:50
    
So what is the purpose of showing the non-meta badges? –  Ari Brodsky Mar 4 '13 at 8:09

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