Why cannot a user below 1000 reputation points have an expanded usercard?
I'm aware of what is mentioned on Privileges page. It says only an Established User can make his/her expanded usercard available to others i.e. a user can see a expanded usercard of all the established users but the latter can't see such of a <1000 rep user.
What's the point you want to make?
I couldn't understand why this expanded usercard is considered a privilege at all!
To my understanding, a privilege granted to a user is something that has the potential to affect this website, viz comments, chat, meta, up/down-vote, post Q/A, bounty, edit, (close, open, delete) a question, etc. All of them makes sense to be granted as a privilege since otherwise, the chances of abuse are high by an inexperienced user.
But how come an expanded usercard fits this definition? It certainly (whether it is available or not) doesn't affect the quality/quantity of the content on this website at all.
IMO it should be available to everyone.
Did you do Google?
We treat the expanding user card as a bit of a privilege, so you must have 1,000 or more reputation for it to appear. Any user with less than 1k rep will not have a user card hover by definition. And, of course, there has to be a reasonably complete user profile, otherwise there’s nothing to show!
The reasoning for having an expanded usercard is given as:
I belatedly realized we weren’t making it easy to discover information about the smart people answering all those questions. Sure, we show the basics (reputation, name, badges) in the default User Card that every post is “signed” with — but that gives you the barest of context into the person answering, or their professional background in the topic.
To rectify that, we now have improved User Cards that expand when you hover over the avatar, displaying location, key links, and an excerpt of the “About Me” field:
So now you can quickly discover a bit more about the human being who wrote that post — without needing to click all the way through to their user page.
There are some other subtle ways we try to keep this user card hover useful, such as prioritizing any “identity” links like Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Google+, etcetera — and you can override the excerpt for total control of what displays on your expanded User Card. See our meta post for more detail.
I can fathom what good the expanded usercard serves, but nowhere Jeff mentioned the proper reasoning for making this as a privilege.
Is there something inherently missing/wrong in my definition of privileges, or does there exist no strong reason for having the said feature as a privilege?