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After 2.5 years of being almost entirely unchanged, we're thinking about redesigning

http://stackoverflow.com/users

This page is kind of underutilized real estate at the moment:

  • It is rather monotonous, since it always shows the same list and Jon Skeet is always on top. (Although to be fair, we do link to the reputation leagues on it.)
  • The tabs it offers are not particularly relevant; when was the last time you clicked on the "oldest" tab for example?

We are in the process of redesigning this page, and I wanted to get your input on a few things.

  1. If we were to show a few more bits of info about each user, other than the standard user card, what would you like to see?

  2. What tabs and sort orders would be helpful and interesting to see here, that would make this page more fundamentally useful?

Be advised that our first pass on this will make the weekly rep leagues essentially the default view here, with an option to show monthly and quarterly. But we think other views and orders might be even more helpful as a default.

Mockups and ideas welcome!

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Hmm, I have never clicked on the "oldest" tab until just now. I never even noticed the tabs. – raven Feb 25 '11 at 20:30
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Blasphemy! How dare you declare a page with Jon Skeet on top as monotonous? :) – xmm0 Feb 27 '11 at 2:11
    
#wow i just saw new User page.. i liked it.. now at least every one has a chance to be listed on user page.. nice work!!!! – Shekhar_Pro Mar 2 '11 at 4:55
    
I like it very much, too. – Pëkka Mar 2 '11 at 6:45
    
I used the 'Oldest' tab all the time thank you very much. I thought is was fascinating to follow the OG users. – David HAust Mar 2 '11 at 22:36

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What tabs and sort orders would be helpful and interesting to see here

Maybe a tab which shows the "most active new users", i.e. users who registered less than 1 (or 2 or 3?) months ago, sorted by their reputation. Might be a motivation for new users to continue participating on the site.

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indeed, we just added a tab "new users" which does this – Jeff Atwood Mar 3 '11 at 20:30

A couple suggestions.

  • Show fewer users per page. I don't like having to scroll down to get to the pagination links.
  • Show a total user count. If I recall correctly, the old page had that. It's nice to be able to easily check out the relative sizes of Stack Exchange communities.
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old page did not have a user count – Jeff Atwood Mar 6 '11 at 5:00

I know that there is already badge for, for example, PHP. But maybe it will be interesting if we can see if the user is a specialist or better know a particular language than another one.

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I just wish this could have been accomplished without a rep recalc and the loss of rep - and privileges - so many people seem to have experienced.

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it is unfortunate, but in the long run, it's not that big of a deal. The new rep score is your real rep, and the real number your privs should be based on. I lost ~500 myself. – jjnguy Feb 28 '11 at 16:38
    
@jjnguy: Based on what I understand of this recalc (removing rep that was gained from users who've since been deleted), why is the new score more "real"? It may not be a big deal to you; I note that the 500 reputation you lost doesn't seem to have taken away any privileges. However, the 250+ I lost took away my ability to vote to open/close ... after I just made a push to go over 3K. At the rate I gain rep, that will take two months to regain. :( I suppose I shouldn't care, but then why should I care about SO at all? – GreenMatt Feb 28 '11 at 16:53
    
the problem here is that you are in the vast minority. most users lost rep, and it didn't affect their privileges at all. Due to technical limitations (database schema) doing large reputation-based changes require a reputation recalc to determine the 'real' rep score of users. I understand why it would be upsetting (I will lose privs on meta once they recalc here), but I'm not sure there is a way around int. I think the best thing to do is be more clear what has happened when a recalc occurs. – jjnguy Feb 28 '11 at 17:04

I would like to see the user recent activity based on my interest ( using the same criteria the front page uses to know what's interesting to me )

Probably using a quote or a recent comment, so we could see each time what that user is doing/answering/debating and we can "follow" him/her.

Sort of twitter timeline kind of.

The other tabs could be "activity" ( most active users ) and reputation/week/month/etc. So if someone doesn't match to Jon Skeet activity, clicking on reputation would bring current frontpage users

This information is already available, but we have to click to far to get it:

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If were to show a few more bits of info about each user, other than the standard user card, what would you like to see?

I think it would be interesting to see a flag showing the user's nationality and a symbol showing their gender (male/female).

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We don't ask users their gender, so this really wouldn't be an option...and location is optional as well, so I'm not sure how that would work, especially as a sort. When Jeff's talking about the "user card", he means the little info block that currently includes the name, reputation and badges, rather than the info screen. – Nick Craver Feb 25 '11 at 20:05
    
@Nick: I'm aware of that, and I thought about mentioning that obviously this will also require adding more fields to your user settings, apparently it wasn't so obvious? :S – Andreas Bonini Feb 25 '11 at 20:06
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Neither of these bits of info are actually collected right now. We can guess nationality from location, but the user is totally free to enter whatever they want into the location field. I would like to see the user's location, but I don't think gender is really relevant. – Kip Feb 25 '11 at 20:07
    
@Kip: again, obviously, it would require a change to the location field. Given that I've been here a long time I think it's safe to assume that I know how the current location field works.. – Andreas Bonini Feb 25 '11 at 20:42
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specify gender? please don't turn SO into a dating site. The last thing we need to start seeing is "ASL?" the only information we need from a user card is what's directly relevant to the SO experience – user136507 Feb 25 '11 at 20:55
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@user136507: keep in mind that there isn't only SO. For example gender information would be extremely relevant on the upcoming Parenting website: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/4861/parenting – Andreas Bonini Feb 25 '11 at 21:16
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@Kop: 1) useful when browsing/searching the list of users? How? 2) We already have people "pretending" to be female on SO, thinking it'll get them some sympathy for their horrible, horrible questions. Don't really need more of that. – Shog9 Feb 26 '11 at 0:16
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evidence for "already have people pretending to be female"? – hawbsl Feb 28 '11 at 1:01
    
@kop- for the record, when i typed my comment, the first two comments hadn't displayed on my screen yet. – Kip Feb 28 '11 at 3:59
    
@hawbsl: Off the top of my head, I know of at least three (going by "Johanna", "Rachel", and "tina" respectively, although "tina" has since changed his name). – mmyers Feb 28 '11 at 17:38

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