We've launched! Please give feedback here.

Today, we're shipping the new "Activity Page" of the Profile here on Meta SE, so you can test it out and hopefully share some feedback and suggestions before we ship it network wide. Hate words? Assuming you're signed in, just click your face up in the top bar, and you can see it right now. Or, keep reading...

Quick Background

You may recall that we're breaking the current "profile" page into two views, to address two use cases:

  • The "Profile Page" - When you click someone else's user card, by default, you'll see a view designed to give a better overall summary of who they are: Their location, their "About me," what tech/tags they're most active in, their top posts, etc. This page has been live on MSE for a while, and you've given us a ton of great feedback, most of which is already live.

  • The "Activity Page" - When you click on your own user card, you should see a page emphasizing your actual activity - what you've done, how big an impact you've had helping others, and what you can go do next, if you're so inclined.

Note that both pages will still be visible to everyone (although some fields aren't, for obvious reasons). So, you can look at other users' "Activity" page, and your own "Profile", that's just not the tab that'll be displayed by default.

The Old Activity Page

Let's think about when you're looking at your own page, and start with what the old page (still live on the rest of the network) was good at. Here's the bottom of the page:

The Old Activity Page Bottom Half

It's efficient, and evolved over time, based on what power users told us they needed.

So, let's change it for change's sake! New Things are SHINY, and lead to a brighter - if poorly thought out and short lived - future! Huh. That's actually a pretty awful idea. So, let's leave the content, and pretty much everything else down there exactly how it was, and not mess up anyone's workflow. With the exception of some minor styling tweaks, the actual activity section you interact with today - both the content and the layout - is unchanged.

Now, lets take a look at the top of the page. Remember that the top part doesn't change when you drill down to different activity tabs; it's always there. Again, think of the case where you're looking at your own profile:

The Old Activity Page User Details

So, personally, I'm not that frequently going to my profile to, say... double check what my name is. Or confirm what city I live in. Or see if my age has changed. (Actually, the last one may feel like a waste most days, but ~0.3% of the time, it reminds me it's my birthday - YAY!)

Now, the point isn't that this was dumb design; it wasn't. When the page had to serve both use cases, this info made sense, but when you're looking at your own profile, there's no reason to always be showing you a bunch of things that A) you know and can't realistically forget, B) almost never change, and C) only do get changed by you.

So, we've replaced them, with a new section designed to better summarize your overall activity and contributions. And we've tossed some totally new features in, too.

The New Activity Page (aka "Top Boxes")

New Activity Page (Redesign of top half)

The basic goals were:

  1. Don't mess up the bottom part that's working, or make the top part any bigger
  2. Replace static, known personal data with dynamic, big-picture summaries of users' contributions
  3. Do more to help users track their contributions beyond rep and badge counts (more prominent stats on edits, flags, votes, and the new "People Reached" stat.
  4. Show users at all levels "what they can do next" and help more new ones learn the ropes gradually
  5. Address power-users needs better

I'm not going to walk through all the changes. I'd rather let you go touch it and share your thoughts, but here are a couple of features worth highlighting:

"Progress to next badge" bar automatically selects the badge you're closest to earning (or that's most logical to go for next), and tracks your progress toward earning it. It also helps walk new users through a slightly more guided intro, nudging them to read the "About" page, etc. For most badges, it not only explains how to earn 'em, but also links to a (mostly) logical place to go try to do so:

Badge Progress Tool tip

Progress to next privilege better conveys an attainable milestone, so users have a target to work toward that's a little less daunting than "catch Skeet". And it adapts for our most valuable users, too. Once you have earned all the privileges, you should first and foremost take a pause to celebrate how many frigging people you helped. (The "People Reached" stat is a nice rough estimate). Have a drink, maybe. But after that, we want you to be able to track goals, too, so the "next privilege" bar automatically switches to tracking your progress toward your closest tag badge. Plus, you can change it if you want to pick a different one (like this poor soul might want to do):

Badge Progress Loading Bar

The broader context:

As of now, both pages are live here on Meta, so you can try out how they work together. We're rolling out a couple of new features on the "Profile" side as well:

  • Dedicated fields to share your OSS projects or online presence (Dedicated fields for Github, Twitter, etc.) and new fields in the edit page for them. Note that they're totally optional, and leaving them out won't leave weird blank entries.
  • New "Hide a community" from my profile feature, (found on the "Edit & Settings" tab.) This came from community feedback, and helps users who may not want their SO Profile - which their boss might stumble upon - to prominently feature their top questions from, oh, I dunno...The Workplace, say. (It's not a true privacy setting, as the connection between accounts can be made with some work, like through the API, but it lets you control what sites are or are not featured on your profile page.)

Note: If you can, please post any suggestions or feedback on the changes to the "Edit/Settings" or the "Profile" page (the one others see) as a new post here on MSE. Ideally, we want to keep the answers here on this post focused on the activity side ("Top Boxes"), since that bit's brand new, and we want to see what suggestions there are important to the most people.

We LOVE it. But, as Joel keeps telling me, no one cares what I think.

We want to know what you think. Go touch it. Play with it. Tell us what you like (seriously). More importantly, what tweaks or adjustments should we make before we ship it network wide? Anything missing that you use all the time?

There are some places where we know we want to make some changes, but we wanted to wait for feedback to determine what approach makes the most sense. (For example, we're fairly sure more tooltips are needed, but having them everywhere makes a mess, so we did them for the most obvious places, but waited for your feedback before adding more, to see where they may be needed most.)

As always, thanks in advance for your feedback - it always helps us ship something better than whatever we started with.

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    The new badge progress page is awesome! But I fear it might lead to a lot of actions just for the sake of gettng the badge and not to improve the site.
    – juergen d
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 13:18
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    I love how Balpha's next tag badge goal is for the status-declined badge. Way to encourage him! :-P Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 13:25
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    This is really minor, but the tooltip for "1,760 votes cast" says it includes accept votes, but I added my up & downvotes together, and it equaled 1,760, so I have a feeling it doesn't include accept votes.
    – hichris123
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 13:45
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    This isn't that bad.. From all the old designs I thought it would be terrible, but it's not that bad.. Now can I have the old design back please?
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 15:28
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    @ɥʇǝS, we'll accept that as the absolute best compliment we possibly could have received from you. And it's appreciated (for real).
    – Jaydles
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 15:29
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    @Oded did you see how many words there are in this question??? Did you expect me to read them all? I just wanted clicky and oooo shiny. Is that too much to ask?
    – user1228
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 15:35
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    @Won't - I'm with you. If only that was mentioned at the start of the wall of text.
    – Oded
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 15:36
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    @Bigood, I know, right? (Everytime I draw anything in public, Jin, our Creative Director files a "hostile workplace" complaint with HR.)
    – Jaydles
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 16:42
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    Tracking progress of every single badge: something that should have been in since version 1. So glad it is added now, and I can't wait until it's network-wide.
    – TylerH
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 17:16
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    Don't have very interesting numbers on Meta... excited to see what the SO one looks like (and to know what my "next" badge is).
    – Hogan
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 19:41
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    I can't really judge this based on my (tiny level of) meta.SE activity (I really don't care that it thinks my next most achievable badge here is Critic for example). I'd need to look at how it works on my most active SE site(s). I think it might be good, but how could I really tell, unless I can see how it would work on the one I deal with every day? If there was a link on my user pages "check out how the new page would look" ... that would let me give real feedback! I can get some idea from other people's pages, ... but it doesn't really show me the things I am actually most familiar with
    – Glen_b
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 0:42
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    can we please have it now its so prettyyyyy Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 8:29
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    Gimmeeeee on SO now
    – mplungjan
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 10:15
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    @NoviceSEMetaGeek, it's always dangerous to estimate shipping dates, but managing expectations can't hurt: There is some unrelated back-end design work on other sites that needs to happen first, plus we're cranking through changes based on the suggestions here, so I think we're hoping for something like 4 weeks until we can push it network wide. A little faster than that is possible, and a lot longer is always a risk, but we're hoping to come in a little under a month.
    – Jaydles
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 19:44
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    That's a remarkably elegant piece of writing: beautifully poised, and doing a great job of expectations-management and change-management. Kudos to the author(s).
    – 410 gone
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 20:51

147 Answers 147


Nitpicky, but there's inconsistent capitalization in the tabs at the top (some mod-only):

enter image description here

Specifically "Edit profile & Settings", "Account info", "mod", and "Network profile". I think the standard elsewhere on the site is to do all lowercase for tabs, but if we want to keep the capitalization here then "Profile" (both places), "Info" and "Mod" should be capitalized IMO.

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    On the subject, is there something better that can be used than "Edit Profile & Settings"? It looks really odd having two tabs that are just a word and then this long four-word tab right after. If not just "Settings" why not something like "Edit/Settings"?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 19:27
  • Or even just Edit
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 12:16

My recommended "Next Badge" is Excavator, which I guess I am "close" to earning in some absolute sense, but it is not really useful to show "progress" in a badge that I only need to take one action to earn. I would suggest instead recommending the badge with the greatest percentage of progress.


- with you in the next build.

When I click Track the next one after having completed a badge, I get the message:

Unable to load popup - please try again


The following error shows up in the console:

Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 404 (Not Found)

GET https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/activity/badge-card/next-badge-popup?userId=209031&_=1424710659111 404 (Not Found)



- the tooltip doesn't stop the mouse from moving and fades out when the mouse moves out of the graph. I don't see the problem a delays is supposed to solve.

Please delay showing the tooltip in the graph

The tooltip shouldn't appear when my cursor is merely passing through. I think something like

on mouseover
    wait 100ms || 500ms
    if still mouseover
        show tooltip

should be used. Note also the mouseout event isn't always captured when this happens, leaving the tooltip there until the mouse returns.

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    I'd tend to disagree, at least with the suggested time - I absolutely hate "point & wait" interfaces because you never know if there's no hover event for the current location, or you just haven't waited long enough. The timeout should be 100ms at most.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 18:58
  • @IMSoP 100ms shouldn't leave too many fp's. Post edited.
    – Mooseman
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 19:14
  • @IMSoP UX.SE seems to think otherwise. Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 3:09
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    @Qix That accepted answer is rather poor if you ask me - it doesn't actually give any UX reasoning for the 500ms delay. It's strongest argument is an assumption that the designers of those libraries maybe thought about UX when setting their default. The other answers agree with me that an excessive delay is poor UX, and one links a library (hoverIntent) with a default delay of 100ms.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 11:42
  • There's a great plugin for that. Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 18:30

- this page is about recent activities, not about what you want others to see (that's for the profile page).

1) I like that I can choose my next badge. Can we also get a similar ability to choose which of our badges we want to display either on the Top Badges section, or the new Badges box on the Activity section?

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- we like this, just need to find a good way to implement it.

2) Can the badge boxes be clickable and take me to a filtered list of my badges? I was wondering what were my 3 gold badges, and my first instinct was to click on the box to see them.

- this has come up already when we got feedback for the profile page. We are still looking at a good way to represent all the wanted information there in a good way.

3) On the Top Network Posts, can we get a border or something around the reputation number so it doesn't look like it's part of the title?

enter image description here

Overall though, I think I like it. Nice job with it! :)


There is no page title when in "My Logins" or "Hide Communities" sections of "Edit profile and settings", it's just showing the raw URL as the title. (it's fine in all other sections)


I vote to change the helpful flags line to something around "No flags yet" if the user hasn't flagged anything. It makes it look like I have done things, but none were useful.

picture of me without flags

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    Yes, but changed "Hasn't flagged anything" to "doesn't have any helpful flags". If a user hasn't flagged anything, "0 helpful flags" on the profile might be a good nudge to get them flagging. If they've flagged but have been declined, this is just rubbing it on their noses.
    – E.P.
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 17:03
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    @E.P. I like that even better. Thank you!
    – Spotlight
    Commented Feb 26, 2015 at 13:13
  • I didn't say that I closed this, I was just expanding to what @E.P said above.
    – Spotlight
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 12:11

- with you in the next build

Halp! Upvotes are black instead of green! Love new borders btw.

  • @Oded thx! Then you can tag this with [status-completed] too (and maybe migrate to MSE as it appears to relate to a bunch of sites)
    – nicael
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 14:31
  • @Oded poke ^^^^
    – nicael
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 22:56
  • @Oded poke poke pokity poke ^^^
    – nicael
    Commented Mar 5, 2015 at 7:16
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    @hichris123 that is a radical change... :/ Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 13:14
  • @ShadowWizard "radical"
    – hichris123
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 14:49

I like the "People Reached" addition; makes me feel useful and warm inside. But the tooltip only tells me that it counts view on my questions and my highly ranked answers. What constitutes a highly ranked answer? Is is based on number of votes (if so, how is that scaled between large and small SE sites?)? Is it only answers where mine is either accepted or highest voted?

Perhaps the tooltip can be updated to clarify what "highly ranked" means. Or, and this might be good to, if you already know which answers are highly ranked to count their views, maybe the people reached indicator could link to all of the posts it includes (or at least the answers, since it counts all of the questions and those can be found on the questions page). That way any visitors can see your top contributions in one list, you could check up on the number of views; really it's just giving us more information (knowledge is power).

  • Added note, 1 upvote on this was enough to increase my "People Reached" score. I'd not have considered an answer with 1 vote among 22 other answers to be highly ranked, so clarification of some sort is definitely required
    – Jim
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 16:23
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    – Scimonster
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 16:33
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    @Scimonster Hmmm... That explains almost everything except why I got a higher impact score after 1 vote on this answer. It was not highest voted, not accepted, not >5 votes, and not in the top 20% of vote count (unless referring to my personal vote count). Either way, the tool-tip in the new user profile should definitely give more info for all those people who don't know where the explanation in mother meta might be
    – Jim
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 16:48

Could we get a placeholder or tooltip to indicate what types of links are required for the Profile Web Presence settings

When I went to add my Stack Overflow Careers Page, I got the following error:

Oops! There was a problem updating your profile:

  • The Stack Overflow Careers link or username entered does not appear to be a valid Stack Overflow Careers link or username.


I tried the following links before it finally working on the third.

The issue is that most people when they click on their profile are going to be taken to one of the first two links first when they're signed in. It might not be obvious to use the bottom link, even though it's the only one of the three that's publically accessible.

  • It is expected to be a link to your public profile. I will amend the description.
    – Oded
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 17:22
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    @Oded: Imho it should simply accept all variants that identify the user, and transform it into the profile link automagically
    – Bergi
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 17:51
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    Agree with automagic. Or perhaps an auto-complete UI linked up to an API on Careers - should be pretty to engineer since you run both sites!
    – IMSoP
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 19:05
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    @oded, I know "Magic" is easy to ask for and hard to do, but I'd try to aim at making it accept any variant that we can be pretty darn sure can only suggest one possible user, and then show the public page no matter which one they pasted.
    – Jaydles
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 21:39
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    @Jaydles: Doesn't Stack Exchange already have information linking your profiles to your SO Careers page? Shouldn't it just be a checkbox, indicating whether or not to include a link?
    – AmeliaBR
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 23:15
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    @AmeliaBR - not that simple. Not everyone has a SO Careers page. Not everyone who does have one has it set to public display. We are working on making this much simpler.
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 15:21
  • @Oded, thus the checkbox
    – KyleMit StaffMod
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 15:26
  • @KyleMit - a checkbox isn't enough. Say you check it, but don't have a SO Careers link, or it isn't linked to your account. What should happen?
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 15:27
  • @oded What should happen? Probably a pop-up warning that says "We can't find an SO Careers profile associated with your account. If you have an SO Careers page, go to the settings page [link to settings] and ensure that it is visible and associated with your Stack Exchange login." But I understand that getting different computer servers to talk to each other is not always as easy as human logic expects it to be...
    – AmeliaBR
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 19:05
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    @AmeliaBR - we are working on making this as simple as possible. If we do know you have a careers profile, we will be able to tell if it is private/public and prompt accordingly. If we don't know (either because it isn't linked or because you don't have one), we will be able to offer different guidance (link the profile or create one, for instance). The backend work to make this possible is in progress.
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 19:10

That's a pity that I can't track tag badge progress before reaching the last privilege (in other words, before 20k).

Can I have an ability to choose between tracking a privilege and tracking the progress towards the tag badge, which is much more important and interesting for me?


- we would love to do this, but there are so many things happening with these pages right now, that it would take some time to get to, possibly in a future iteration of the pages.

I only do minimal FOSS contributions to Github. My main FOSS projects are all hosted on BitBucket.

I would very much like a dedicated field for BitBucket, but doing so will inadvertently result in everyone asking for a field for their favorite FOSS repository.

So, rather than overloading the Edit Profile page with an endless list of FOSS repository hosting services, what if the "Web Presence" part is built like Google+'s "Links" portion of the Profile>About page? It's a 3-part 'card' containing:

  1. Profiles -- links to one's profile page on various websites.
  2. Contributor to -- links to one's works: articles, FOSS projects, whathaveyou
  3. Links / Others -- sites not falling into categories (1) or (2) above

Each category starts out empty; clicking on an ajax-powered "Add link" linky adds a new field where one can simply type the name of a link, and the link proper.

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    Making this extensible will also help with the non-programming sites -- on Arqade you can link to your Steam profile, for example. Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 22:46
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    This is planned, just not for the current version (had to draw the line somewhere...)
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 17:27
  • @Oded ah, thanks for the clarification! May I suggest to add a list of "planned features" somewhere, linked from the metaQ?
    – pepoluan
    Commented Mar 2, 2015 at 12:03
  • When I say planned, I mean, one day in the future. Not in the immediate future - this depends on other projects and dev resources, so can be a long way away.
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 20:51

- we have done a bunch of work on mobile views for these pages. We dropped some features that exist in the non-mobile views (to save bandwidth, for mobile aesthetics and mobile UX).

Desperately needs phone-friendliness!

This is what my Activity page looks like on my phone (all screenshots are from Chrome on Android; first two at default zoom):

Activity on Samsung S4

That's not very readable. (These uploaded images are large even after I shrunk the captured images; imagine on a phone.) For comparison, here's what my profile page on another site looks like:

Old profile on Samsung S4

Ah, much better -- I can read that.

The new Profile page has the same problem as the new Activity page -- it's trying to scale the whole thing to my 4.8" screen. When you rolled out the new profile I assumed that was temporary and that a mobile view would be coming, but it sounds like you're getting ready to roll this out and I don't see that yet.

Also, the layout on the reputation tab on my phone is a little wonky (but is ok in a full-size browser):

cramped scores and timestamps on reputation tab

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    I already reported it.
    – nicael
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 14:55
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    We've done a bunch of work on mobile views in the last couple of days. Hope you like it.
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 21:10
  • @Oded oh that's much better -- thanks! Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 21:14
  • Is the reputation tab still wonky for you? Or is that looking better? (if not, mind specifying browser/os/device?)
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 21:19
  • @Oded The reputation tab now looks nicely aligned. For downvotes the word "downvoted" runs right up against the title of the post (Android, Chrome 40.0.2214.109, default zoom), but it doesn't overlap -- so that's information, not a complaint. But all the weird staggering stuff is gone now. Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 21:23
  • Huh, comment entry on MSE is no longer a fixed-width font? That's new... Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 21:26

That "Select your next badge" window is nice and encourages badge-hunting very well :-)

Three improvements I'd like to see:

  • the edit symbol that brings you to the window does not have a tooltip
  • it's not clear whether the "selected" badge is selected forever or just for the current view, and especially whether this selection is publicly visible or not.
  • the selection table has progress bars for each badge in the background. I'd also like to see the numbers (that would be shown when selected) directly in the overview, maybe on-hover only: There's a huge difference between 5/10 and 300/600 which is otherwise not apparent before selecting the badge.
  • +1 just not your suggestion 3 please, 1+2 are good.
    – yo'
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 17:46

- the color of the "recommended" badge has been updated, but we will not be changing the progress bars at this time.

The Select your next badge pop-up has the text "recommended" positioned at the top-right of the closest to being awarded badge. For me, this is the Inquisitive badge, but I edited the text to "Research Assistant" to show how this text's background is far too close to the badge name text:


I also feel that grey-on-grey action is a bit ugly, too. Perhaps that could also be green to match the ticks on already-unlocked badges?

Actually, the more I look at it the uglier it becomes. Why does the text need to be positioned on top of the progress bar anyway? Why do the progress bars have to be the same colour as the badge they're representing? I feel doing it with a thinner progress bar and displaying the actual badge makes it look so much nicer.

How it currently looks

Current design

How I propose it's done instead

Proposed design

  • What about tag badges? Couldn't those run into the recommended square in your proposal?
    – E.P.
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 16:55
  • Related suggestion...
    – Werner
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 17:23

I can't find the age of user's anymore. Checked both the Profile and Activity tabs, but not there.

Where did it go?


How often are the badge progress numbers updated? My votes today aren't yet reflected.

Blame it on caching™ is an acceptable answer.

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    They are updated daily.
    – Oded
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 15:19
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    @Oded: Might want to note that somehow in the UI, otherwise I think you can count on a fair number of people complaining on Meta that their numbers aren't moving. Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 16:02
  • @Oded, is that for all badges, or all except the current goal? I thought the one currently selected updated much more often, but the "chooser" was showing a daily cached value?
    – Jaydles
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 21:44
  • @Jaydles - I believe the design was for daily updates. Jarrod is looking at making it much more frequent.
    – Oded
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 10:37
  • @Oded, great- thanks!
    – Jaydles
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 12:01

- No more 0/0 bar now

I didn't earn the Curious badge, because I don't have a positive question record. If I'm not mistaken, this means I will never earn the Curious badge (unless I would delete questions). Yet, it appears as the 'Next badge' in my activity tab.

Also, at first, I didn't get why I didn't have the badge: I have 18/5 and 0/0. The popup isn't very clear in this border case.

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    You are mistaken: by asking more well-received questions you can get the badge. The overall record improves in the process.
    – user259867
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 16:30
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    @FamousBlueRaincoat okay, (thanks!), but in that case this popup is really misleading. It doesn't show any progress.
    – Keelan
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 16:32
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    We are debating this badge (and others like it) - we really don't like how it displays and are looking into alternative visualizations (may have to drop it for now if we can't find something reasonable).
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 21:49

Is there any way for a user to track progress towards tag badges, before they have maxed out all possible privileges? It's a neat feature, and something I'd be more interested in than the site badge progress.

Maybe it could be something that shows up specifically on the "tags" or "badges" sub-pages.

  • I agree. I recently answered a shell question on SO just to get the bronze badge there. Commented Mar 19, 2015 at 4:31

When hovering over the reputation graph, the tooltip that shows the exact reputation number is very far top and left of the actual graph. So much so, that it goes above my window screen when hovering around like the middle point of the graph, and goes even further above the farther right I go.

Does this when using either IE or firefox (latest vers) on windows 8.1

  • Which browser & OS are you using, and do you have any sort of zoom enabled? Chrome on a Mac displays the rep tooltip right on top of the rep line...
    – Laura
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 14:24
  • I see the same on IE 9 on Windows 7 Enterprise. (No, I do not have the option to get a better browser.) Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 14:44
  • @Laura Firefox on Linux has the same effect.
    – Braiam
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 15:36
  • Can reproduce on Firefox 35.0.1 on Windows 8.1.
    – bwDraco
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 17:10
  • Chrome on Linux is fine (same as what @Laura described)
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 20:55
  • Same problem on Firefox 35.0.1 under Windows 7. Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 10:01

- the avatar is bigger now.

That's great that avatar is clickable! I didn't notice it at first. Can the name be made clickable too please?

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    What's the point of a clickable avatar anyways?
    – Scimonster
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 20:25
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    Agree, currently they're both links to the profile page. Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 20:26
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    Yes, but they should both be the same.
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 21:12
  • @Tim yep, I agree.
    – nicael
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 21:14
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    @Scimonster, I asked the same thing when someone internal asked for the Avatar link to be put back in. It's useful as a quick way to go from a sub-url, like a non-default tab to the primary user page, to share a URL, say, or just quickly get back to the default view without remembering what tabs that is.
    – Jaydles
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 13:43
  • @Oded btw now avatar is not vertically aligned with the name.
    – nicael
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 12:51
  • Yes, that's been reported already.
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 13:02
  • @Oded why the fact that the avatar became bigger is the reason to decline it...
    – nicael
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 22:23

- for performance reasons we will not be doing this.

I would like a link to a users chat profile for that specific site.

This will show the chat rooms he/she is in and you will be able to invite a user to a private chat room.

  • Where would that go to? Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 9:56
  • To a private chat with the user. Now it comes up after heaps of comments somehow.
    – seb
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 9:58
  • That is not a private chat with a user, it is a question or answer related chat. I don't think they want to encourage 1 to 1 chats to much. Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 9:59
  • I agree but it seems that sometimes people just comment to then have the possibility to chat. So I think it would make sense when people which just interacted would have the possiblity to chat then.
    – seb
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 10:03
  • How about a link to the user's chat profile only. You can invite them to a room from there. Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 10:05
  • I like that better. Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 10:06
  • @Thomas: If you agree on the above from Jan, please edit your answer. I will be happy to upvote then. Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 10:06
  • Done, I like that idea also. I think it will be helpful and speed up the answer process sometimes.
    – seb
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 10:09

- the suggested design is much too busy. We did try to design something like this in early on, but decided against it.

The "Badges" should contain all the badges information you show -- the 'next tag badge' in the "Reputation" section to its left should be in here --- and you could show much more information.

If it's something I'm going to look at regularly, I would soon be wanting to see much more of the information I could be getting (and care about). I suggest something more like:

enter image description here

... thus showing the next tag badge info in the "badges" section, the newest of each badge color (though the most recent 2 badges would be a decent alternative), and the mouseover text replaces the redundant color information with how many of those badges are tag badges.

This is quite deliberately busier, since the "clean" look -- while it is nice for locating the information the first time you look at it, quickly becomes "bare" looking as you get used to it.

That will free up space in the 'reputation' section for other data (I suggest weekly/monthly/quarterly reputation, but there are other fine choices)

  • While I like the idea of showing more information, I feel like the lack of padding here makes it feel more cluttered. You can also find this information on the "Badges" tab as well as the "Profile" page. Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 3:17
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    That "the information can be found elsewhere" is true of essentially all the proposed new displays.
    – Glen_b
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 3:36

The avatar preview when editing profile is too small; enlarge this preview please to the size it was earlier?


In IE11 (yes, I know) the icon on Privileges to show that you're about to follow an external link (?) is chopped off at the bottom. In Chrome this icon is complete.

privileges icon chopped

Minor thingy... and I just checked: I'm not zoomed in/out.

  • I can reproduce this in Firefox
    – Luigi
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 2:33
  • @PythonMaster Why are you adding tags to people's answers? Especially status-completed which is a moderator tag.
    – James
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 1:26

The impact box, seems to be missing a space between the number of flags and the words "helpful flags". Also, given the example has the same order of magnitude for helpful flags and votes cast, shouldn't the digits line up.

Screenshot is from Mac running Firefox 36.

Helpful flags


- turns out there was a profile image handling change yesterday, unrelated to the changes for the Activity page, which broke the page for users who uploaded a profile picture.

When trying to save the changes in the new Edit Profile & Settings tab I got the error Invalid image type. I only added a link to my GitHub profile before clicking the save profile button.

Screenshot of error

  • Just to confirm - you did not change your image at all?
    – Oded
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 13:04
  • @Oded I only changed my profile picture once (around 3 months ago). I did not change it when I got this error. Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 13:07
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    @Oded Reproduced by editing "about me" and nothing else. The image was there for almost a month. Note: I got this error when editing profile on another site, not on Meta.
    – user259867
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 13:14
  • @Oded I added a small problem with a stretched profile picture to this answer, it could be related. As FamousBlueRaincoat reported, the same error shows up when trying to edit my Stack Overflow profile. Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 13:34
  • I found a duplicate for my second problem so I will edit it out of here. Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 13:45
  • Another report, specifically mentioning the file type is PNG. I also use PNG for the image.
    – user259867
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 14:22
  • Sorry, delete my answer to avoid duplicated. Yes, I had the same issue too. Currently avatar is PNG and was not changed at all when trying to edit my profile
    – Lodder
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 14:31
  • I just found a separate meta post about this here. Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 14:41

- Having an edit icon suggests to people that this is something that can be changed. Removing it means that's not longer the case and the feature would become much less discoverable.

I feel the 'Select your next badge' functionality should be accessed from a single-click on the progress bar, and the badge information (currently single-click) should be mouseover text like on the Recently Earned badge.

This would also mean that the 'Edit' Icon can disappear entirely, meaning we wouldn't have two of the same icon for two different things within 50 pixels of each other: The 'posts edited' icon has now been changed

Badges and Impact boxes

I would suggest:

  • Remove the 'Edit Next Badge' button entirely
  • Make clicking on the progress take you to the 'Select your Next badge' screen.
  • Remove the current 'single click' popup entirely
    • We already have the X/X badge progress above the progress bar
    • Make the tooltip/mouseover text the badge description

Click progress box

  • Agree!! Because everything else is now some sort of mouseover, even though I know I have to click to see badge description, I always find myself mousing over the progress bar and subsequently being annoyed by the fact that it doesn't show the badge description. It also looks like a button and I get disappointed every time I click and what amounts to an elaborate tooltip is all I get. It seems visually designed to work the way Robotnik suggests, but then it doesn't. That's annoying!
    – Jim
    Commented Feb 24, 2015 at 15:05
  • @Oded - Ok, keep the icon, My main beef with it was that it was the same as the one across from it at the time. But what of the rest? Removing the "How to earn dialog", filling in the tooltip instead etc?
    – Robotnik
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 13:02
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    We've discussed those as well, but will not be changing them. We are looking at making the information for badges like curious better.
    – Oded
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 13:03

- with you in the next build

Per this request the color of accept background is the new light green. But accepts now look very ill:

Please leave everything consistent, as in the request I mentioned, but change new light green to old good dark green, which is still used, for example, on SO:


Or see if my age has changed. (Actually, the last one feels may feel like a waste most days, but ~0.3% of the time, it reminds me it's my birthday - YAY!)

Not to be the bearer of bad news, but I fear you may forget your birthday with the new profile version, as age seems to have been removed.

Was the removal intentional? I don't want to forget my birthday now too.

  • Yup I'm 99.7% sure it was intentional, and personally I agree with it. Age caused more grief than good, e.g. people attacking mods for being "too young". Official stamp would be welcome though. :) Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 22:23
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    That said, they should also remove the Birthday field from profile editing. Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 22:24
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    @ShadowWizard - Well great, now who is going to remember my birthday?! To be honest though, I don't usually look at age much because it doesn't really matter as long as they are not violating ToS (i.e. a listed age under the official limit). Good point about the excessive field.
    – Travis J
    Commented Mar 4, 2015 at 22:25
  • Actually, age is interesting sometimes. Doorknob comes to my mind.
    – Palec
    Commented Mar 7, 2015 at 9:04
  • @Palec That's not a valid reason to have it. Besides, it can be moved to one's about me.
    – bjb568
    Commented Apr 19, 2015 at 2:29

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