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Are there any rules concerning what I can put in my profile?

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Generally speaking, your profile is (to an extent) fair game, as it is a reflection of you as a person, not the site as a whole.

Self-promotion, your e-mail address, humor, (if you know HTML) imagery and even the f-bomb are allowed there.

There are reasonable limitations for all of those, but generally speaking, unless you're a hard-core spammer or you put something truly offensive / crazy in there (like hate speech or pornography), you'll be OK.

Also, understand that all links are no-followed, so SO doesn't actually give you Google Juice from your profile.

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"Introducing new Google Juice (beta)! Now you can get your daily allowance of 1-10 of 1,500 recommended minerals in 0.34 seconds! Enjoy delicious flavors such as Berry Page, Sergey Brine, or the newest flavor, Better Than Apple! You have 10 invitations to try Google Juice (beta) remaining." – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Dec 1 '09 at 20:42
Your home page is not nofollowed once you reach 2000 rep, though. (Neither are internal links, but they won't give you any Google Guice. (Oh, wait, Google Guice actually exists. That takes the fun out.)) – mmyers Dec 1 '09 at 20:54
@mmyers: I'll be welbogged; I never noticed that. – John Rudy Dec 1 '09 at 21:20
clarification: the URL field is unfollowed at 2k rep as a courtesy – Jeff Atwood Dec 1 '09 at 22:07
What does that mean @JeffAtwood. Unfollowed? – Prof. Falken May 20 '12 at 21:11

Your profile page is yours. You can put pretty much anything on there. But I wouldn't put the following:

  • Anything offensive - if you don't want your grandmother reading it, it probably shouldn't be on there
  • Advertising that could be linked to spam - The fact that you sell viagra is irrelevant on Stack Overflow, but if you provide IT consulting? That could be useful.
  • Profanity - Generally considered 'bad form', but I don't know if anyone has had any thing other than hardcore profanity removed.
  • Offensive Gravatar images - Some people think it's funny to see Jesus on Stack Overflow. Others do not.
  • A Wall of Text - No one reads those. This isn't against the 'rules'; just not a smart move.

Jeff covered some basics in this Meta answer.

Update: No, Profanity isn't removed. And there are always exceptions to the rule.

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You know, nothing succeeds like excess! :) – John Rudy Dec 1 '09 at 20:08
You don't know Welbog's grandmother. – Henk Holterman Dec 1 '09 at 20:10
@Henk: I met her once. Long story short, I couldn't eat roast beef for months afterward. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Dec 1 '09 at 20:34

Whatever you want.

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Oh god. Upvoted just for the pic in your profile. – Matthew Read Jul 16 '12 at 19:35
profile doesn't exist anymore – Malachi Jul 3 '14 at 17:01

If you have to ask, the answer is "No".

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But if you have to know, the answer is "Ask". – mmyers Dec 3 '09 at 16:32
I so want to flag this as not an answer... but it is an answer – Malachi Jul 3 '14 at 17:02

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