Update: Thanks for all your feedback, we’ll be sharing our findings and next steps in the new year!
You might know the user profile and settings. It’s what appears after you click on your profile picture.
Maybe you come here to track your Q&A activity or to update your Developer Story. Maybe you’ve stopped by to manage your email settings, opt-in to Beta features, or to get valuable flairTM. Maybe you've even checked out your Stack Exchange network profile. Maybe you've never done any of this, and are learning for the first time about the various things you can do in this mysterious pocket of Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange.
The truth is, the user profile and settings have become an increasingly cluttered junk drawer in the last few years. It’s fallen by the wayside against other priorities, and the result is an area that serves many purposes, yet doesn’t serve any one purpose particularly well.
With the launch of Teams, we have yet another set of use cases that the profile & settings has to serve, and it does so in a mediocre fashion. We want to change that. Not just because Teams needs a better profile, but because Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange have needed a better, fully responsive profile for a long time.
We need your help
We’re kicking off these changes by conducting user research about what people like and dislike about the profile, and how it might be improved. In addition to the folks on Meta, we’ll be talking to people sourced from our Research email list. The intent is to get some preliminary knowledge about what kinds of updates would be most beneficial to the most people.
If you can spare a few minutes, please fill out this survey. Among other things, it asks questions like:
- Describe what you like and dislike about the current Profile
- Imagine you could have one unified profile vs. many unique profiles. Which would you prefer, and why?
We recognize that Meta folks are probably more likely to use the profile and settings regularly, which is why you’re one of the first groups of people that we’re talking to.
Please fill out the survey by Thursday, December 13.