Slightly related: Can flair please show our Stack Exchange username?

Related: Allow "Save And Copy Profile To All Stack Exchange Accounts" to exclude selected sites

My StackExchange profile currently syncs with my "oldest profile", which is Physics.SE. Unfortunately, this means that the physics-specific blurb out there is shown to everyone.

Also, whenever I create a new account, the physics-y profile is copied over.

I had filled in all my details and the one-line bio on Physics and used "copy to all SE accounts". Then I later filled in the Physics-specific bio. It seems that the site the profile was all-site copied from is kept in memory, and new sites just copy from the current version of that site.

I'd like a more intuitive and easy way to manage these profiles. I know profiles aren't a big deal, but currently I have a bunch of Physics-y stuff all over the place. And it's annoying. Also, one important part of a bio is the expertise level, and that's obviously different for each site.

Could we have a better way to manage these profile bios? One idea I could toss out is this:

Have a centralized place to manage these bios. Maybe, just have a single text box with something like this:

SE.com bio here


<!-- Site:stackoverflow-->
<!-- summary: SO summary here -->
SO bio here

<!-- Site:physics-->
<!-- summary: Phy summary here -->
Phy bio here
.
.
.
.
<!-- Site: alltherest -->
<!-- summary: General summary for all the sites not listed above -->
Bio for all the sites not listed above

Whenever you save this, the relevant bios are sliced out and copied to each site.

I feel that this will be way better than the "copy to all sites".


Update: now that profile images can be uploaded independent of gravatar, we should be able to selectively sync these across sites as well.

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Interesting idea. At the very least it would be nice to be able to decide which site has the "master" copy of the profile information. –  ChrisF May 11 '12 at 9:03
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@ChrisF: Exactly. Currently it's all confusing. I tried investigating and then gave up. :/ –  Manishearth May 11 '12 at 9:11
    
Regarding your edit, clicking the "Save And Copy Profile..." in the edit page should also copy the custom picture to all sites.. unless you tried that and it didn't work? –  Shadow Wizard Jan 16 '13 at 14:08
    
@ShaWizDowArd: "selectively". Suppose I don't want to sync my profile text, just the avatar? (without using Gravatar). A lot of people have separate about texts for each site (I used to have it on most, but I think they got wiped out on a sync sometime back). The new image functionality is useless for them –  Manishearth Jan 16 '13 at 14:11
    
Sorry, now I understand. Well, I suggested something similar here, see the last part. –  Shadow Wizard Jan 16 '13 at 14:19
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