We have done a bunch of work following your feedback - just look at all those tags on the different answers here!

The top suggestion was to do something about the badge visualization - we have listened and completely redesigned that piece - check out the new and improved badge visualization, on the profile page.

In the next few weeks we will preview further profile changes here on MSE - mostly to the activity page and following feedback and rework on those, the new profile page will go live to the rest of the network (6-8 weeks, give or take).

You may recall this thing - our profile page makeover prototype, the reloaded user page. We posted a prototype 6 months ago and got a lot of feedback. Since then, generations of dinosaurs were born, fell in love, had families and were eventually killed by a comet. Or climate change, or maybe texting and driving or some nonsense like that.

We picked up work again after a couple months of avoiding it (one or two of you noticed...) and started cleaning up some of the rough edges. We are looking to get this right and the change isn't urgent, so we are taking our time on it. We want to have something that is clearly better than the current page.

What is all this about again?

The user profile page was trying to address two fairly different use cases:

  • What is most valuable and useful when you want to see what someone else is all about.
  • What you should see when looking at your own profile.

Because it was trying to solve both problems in one place, it was decent at both, but not great at either, and it probably was overall more optimized for the "looking at my own profile" use case.

So, here's what's happening

If you go to your profile on MSE right now, you'll see it now has two tabs in the top left:

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The "Profile" page is your new public profile. It's what everyone will see by default when they click your picture at the bottom of a post or find you in the users list. It should communicate what you know and what you've done.

The "Activity" page is intended to be your own personal dashboard, stuff that isn't necessarily of interest to others but that you want to see when visiting your own profile. Right now it's just the old profile page, but we'll be tackling that next and asking for feedback here on how to make it more useful.

See for example the Activity and Profile pages of BalusC - the former shows you his overall activity on the site, the latter showcases him.

Some of the things we changed based on your feedback:

User info section:

old user info

new user info

We also added a new "people helped" counter based on the views your questions and answers have gotten. This is essentially a sum of views of your questions, and answers that fall within the following criteria: accepted, have a score of 5 or more, have more than 20% of total score of all answers on a question or are within the top 3 answers by score. No deleted posts are counted.


old tags

new tags

And some other tweaks and visual updates we can't quite remember - you can see the old version here.

Unfortunately the very popular request to make the badges interactive didn't quite make it in -- but we may still come back to this later.


We are looking for your feedback before this goes out to the rest of the network - what's broken? What's missing from the new page? What needs a bit of polish?

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    Is there a plan to allow users to see the activity page by default even for other users? This is something I'd really prefer on sites where I'm a moderator. Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 16:04
  • @Mad - not at this time, but that's why we are taking feedback :)
    – Oded
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 16:05
  • @cVplZ - I will. It is not that complex, but has a bunch of different clauses. Stay tuned.
    – Oded
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 16:28
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    Leaving "by default" aside, are you planning to keep "Activity" visible to other users, or will it be converted to a private page? My evaluation of the profile prototype depends on whether it's one of two things we can see, or the only thing.
    – user259867
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 17:31
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    @Raff - the activity page will be visible to all. It is, after all, what the old user page was. All that info is already public, why change that?
    – Oded
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 17:34
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    Here's some links for the pages, which will automatically adjust based off of who is signed in: profile, activity.
    – Pokechu22
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 17:55
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    I still think all the repeating icons for badges is just hideous and looks silly. There has got to be something better you can do with that space.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 18:51
  • I want to see how it looks on my SO profile.
    – i3arnon
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 23:30
  • @animuson: I would guess, that’s what the interactive badges are intended to do. But without them, I agree.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 0:01
  • @Wrzlprmft It's hard to see how one could interact with 1000+ badges on some profiles. They would take a while to load (and those are the most viewed profiles, too).
    – user259867
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 0:43
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    Very sad the animated badges didn't make it :(
    – fredley
    Commented Nov 28, 2014 at 16:18
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    I really don't see the point of this. With the sole exception of the "Top network posts" box and the silly "X people helped" number, there is no information on the "profile" page that isn't already on the "activity" page. The profile page is just a version of the activity page that takes more space to display less info. If you justify the existence of the profile page by redesigning (removing information from) the activity page, then you have two semi-unuseful pages instead of one useful page. If you don't remove information from the activity page, then the profile page is simply superfluous.
    – Boann
    Commented Dec 3, 2014 at 14:58
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    This is very messy and it looks as if SE is trying to nullify the division of the network into distinct sites and communities and throw everything into a big messy melting pot instead. It reminds me of Quora, and the new profile is equally unuseful to the ones on Quora because you have a hard time to retrieve your own stuff.
    – Dilaton
    Commented Dec 5, 2014 at 22:53
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    I like it. It provides useful information in an interesting way. Don't listen to the people who can't help but resist change. When will we see this network wide?
    – RubberDuck
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 12:37
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    The new badge treatment is much better -- thanks! Commented Jan 21, 2015 at 16:37

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This issue now has a dedicated meta thread:

We're working on a new stat to help convey the reach of your posts here

The "Number of People Helped" statistic needs more transparency. If this goes into effect, then six months from now (let alone years from now), people will be seeing that number and wondering what the heck it means.

While it has been explained here and in other meta threads, these threads will be buried pretty soon, and users shouldn't have to go digging through meta (some don't even realize meta exists, let alone know how to search it) to find what an esoteric stat at the top of their profile page means.

At the very least, a tooltip that explains "This is the number of views your questions have, combined with the number of accepted answers, answers with score of 5 or higher [...]" would be very illuminating.

Fewer clicks to find out what you want to know = success.

  • Okay @Oded should my answer be where it is? Or should it be in the thread you added to the top of this answer?
    – TylerH
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 21:03
  • Heh. Your answer there is aimed at that post, so I'd say belongs there. If you want to respond to the other thread - by all means, we are happy to get any and all feedback.
    – Oded
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 21:17


Community ♦ doesn't need to have "people reached" shown (I think so because he is a bot and he can't earn no achievements, e.g. rep, badges, etc).

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Or does it?...

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    Community also has 2 questions... this is an artifact of how some deletions work. These will get sorted out when a specific scheduled job runs.
    – Oded
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 17:55
  • Nor will we special case the page and design for the community user.
    – Oded
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 17:56
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    @Oded One second, Community does have 2 questions, nothing wrong with it...
    – nicael
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 17:57
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    And for those 2 questions, around 1k people were reached...
    – Oded
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 17:59

- this is mentioned in my post.

Its quite strange, but clicking link to own profile (from my answers, questions, comments) sends me to the "Activity" tab of my profile, while clicking a link to another user sends me to his "Profile" tab.

  • By design, as I said elsewhere.... delete?
    – user259867
    Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 7:26

- this is indeed by design. The year is shown about 11 months after the post was posted (when you don't see a year, that means it is the current/last year)

As far I can tell, any timestamp in my profile lacks the year (Happy 2015! :D). Or the year will be added when a year since this timestamp was created pass?

  • @Oded Thanks, what about this?
    – nicael
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 16:45

In the Top Posts section, when I click between All / Questions / Answers or Votes / Newest, the underlines denoting the active options wiggle slightly, 1px right and left. I think it's to do with the loading animation nudging the layout.

Chrome (latest), Mac OSX.

  • Can't repro on latest Chrome Windows 7 :/
    – Oded
    Commented Jan 22, 2015 at 17:51
  • @Oded Here's a gif, it's very subtle.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 9:17
  • Getting a 403 forbidden on that.
    – Oded
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 9:48
  • @Oded Try this one
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 9:54
  • Yeah, I see it, just can't repro. Possibly only OSX? Are you zoomed in at all?
    – Oded
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 10:00
  • @Oded Could be. No zoom, and no scripts/extensions running on the page.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 10:57
  • @Oded I'm beginning to think this is a bug with Chrome, I can't stop it happening. Here's a better gif showing what's going on.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 17:54

Would be great to expand rep also, not only badges:

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  • There is a tooltip - hover over the rep.
    – Oded
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 9:56
  • @Oded Yes, I know :) but anyway, I'd like the rep to be fully expanded. It is not really hard to implement, plz?
    – nicael
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 10:08
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    @Oded and no tooltips if using phone. I personally prefer navigating in the full site.
    – nicael
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 16:46
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