DEV Community

Cover image for What would you like to see on your DEV profile?
Ali Spittel
Ali Spittel

Posted on

 

What would you like to see on your DEV profile?

When you go to a profile page on DEV, mine for example, there are a lot of things on there: your featured GitHub repositories, social links, your posts, and your recent comments.

There are two sides to the profile: what you would like to feature on your own profile, and what you would like to see on someone else's.

For your profile: what would you ideally use it for? Would you like to send it to prospective employers? Use it as a portfolio of your blog posts? Or, as a landing page for yourself on the internet?

For someone else's profile: what would you be visiting their profile for? Are you an employer? Or, interested to learn more about an author?

In each scenario, what information would be helpful to have on that profile? Of those things, which are the most important to you?

Feel free to think big and be creative! Thanks in advance for your feedback and ideas! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Top comments (63)

Collapse
 
ballpointcarrot profile image
Christopher Kruse
  • Echoing a "Pinned Article" feature.
  • It'd be cool to have a "Mentor/Mentee" area, where you can list the things that you are comfortable giving advice and help on, and conversely the things that you're looking to learn. These can drive into topics/articles much like the current tags do, and may help build communities around those tags.
Collapse
 
jsjoeio profile image
Joe Previte (he/him) • Edited

I second the idea of a "mentor/mentee" area.

I signed up in the "mentor system" but I haven't heard anything after putting my information down.

It seems like it would be more accessible if it were listed on people's profiles.

Collapse
 
david_j_eddy profile image
David J Eddy

Mentor system is available herein dev.to/settings/mentorship.

Collapse
 
ballpointcarrot profile image
Christopher Kruse

Well there I go, asking for features that already exist. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Will add myself to that.

Thread Thread
 
ben profile image
Ben Halpern

It exists, but we haven't fully worked out the kinks in our process, so we haven't been super loud about it.

Thread Thread
 
emmabostian profile image
Emma Bostian โœจ

Y'all could also use Coding Coach :D

Collapse
 
codemouse92 profile image
Jason C. McDonald
  • What I'd really like to see is a way to actually feature articles. Some of my personal favorites get lost in the backlog, so it'd be cool to be able to pin a few (maybe three) of my favorites to the top, alongside my most recent post. While we're at it, maybe show my most popular article up there too?

  • Similarly, "top (five?) tags" might be helpful, so people get a quick idea of what I usually write about. Most of my contributions are to #culture and #python right now, and we'd probably get more engaged followers if they knew what topics to expect from any given author.

  • I'd also like to see better integration with other VCS services, so we can pin repositories from Bitbucket, GitLab, or Gitote. (While we're add it, perhaps adding Gitote to the links?)

Collapse
 
michaeltharrington profile image
Michael Tharrington • Edited

I really dig the "top tags" idea. Similarly, it'd be awesome if one could filter through an individual person's writing by tag. This way, if I were viewing your profile, for instance, I could filter to see just #python or just #culture... or perhaps even more than one tag at a time.

I'm envisioning your profile including another column on either the left or right of articles (similar to the way you've set up "skills/languages" in your profile) that would list the different tags you've covered. I'm thinking it would list your most used tag at the top and descend from there. And as a profile viewer, I could then flip them on and off depending on what results I'd like to see.

Collapse
 
marpme profile image
marpme (Marvin) • Edited
  1. Pinned Articles

  2. moaaaar statistics (public views, last activity ...)

  3. Total Unicorns/Heart etc. count

  4. Styling options like changing colors, moving widgets etc

  5. A leveling system to recognize commenters from writers and from lurkers :D

  6. Approving skills or knowledge areas by other people

I think that's a lot for the beginning, hopefully that's what you are searching for :D

Collapse
 
ld00d profile image
Brian Lampe

Total Unicorns/Heart etc. count

I think you might want to avoid turning this site into a game for internet points

Collapse
 
marpme profile image
marpme (Marvin)

Build a blockchain upon this, including virtual coins and there you go!
... but no, those are literally just my brain farts on the internet :)

So we can also cut out some of those points from the list.

Collapse
 
pabiforbes profile image
Pabi Moloi, but Forbes

I totally agree with this

Collapse
 
tobiassn profile image
Tobias SN • Edited

A leveling system would make things a lot more competitive, as people make a lot of posts just for the sake of getting levels, spending less time on each, thus decreasing the overall quality. Meanwhile, people who write posts are considered to be better than those who prefer to just read posts and give feedback.

Collapse
 
nektro profile image
Meghan (she/her)

that info is available privately here: dev.to/dashboard

Collapse
 
sobiodarlington profile image
Sobio Darlington • Edited

There's no statistics for reads. I'm not sure how views are measured, but it'll be nice to have views/reads ratio

Collapse
 
bennypowers profile image
Benny Powers ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

showcases articles

Collapse
 
lynnewritescode profile image
Lynne Finnigan

I'd like the 'Recent comments' to be less prominent. And as some others have said, a way to have some featured articles of your own. It could be cool to have somewhere that shows articles that you have liked and maybe display the badges in the header section, or in a different way.

Collapse
 
thejessleigh profile image
jess unrein

This is a really good point. Sometimes I do like seeing things people comment on, but I think maybe only including top level comments, or the first comment someone makes on an article, in the "recent comments" might help with this a bit?

Collapse
 
sauloco profile image
Saulo Vargas

I'd like to have markdown available in learning/trying, projects and hacks and available for

Collapse
 
ben profile image
Ben Halpern

+1 on series. Definitely a good element to show off.

Collapse
 
flexdinesh profile image
Dinesh Pandiyan • Edited
  1. More badges and badges available and how to get them - badge goals.

  2. A little bit of gamification like SO to reward every quality post based on views, likes and unicorns - collecting gold maybe?

  3. A better feed algorithm that brings up quality posts in the feed.

  4. Anything that would reduce the struggle to find quality posts in the feed - a lot of sort options maybe?

Collapse
 
shindakun profile image
Steve Layton

+1 for pinned articles

Collapse
 
maxwell_dev profile image
Max Antonucci
  • I agree with everyone saying pinned articles. Maybe also have pinned comments as well? It all adds up to highlighting activity on our posts that best represent who we are here.
  • Some basic styling options would be nice, like some colors, typography, or custom banner images. Mostly custom banner images!
  • A few people here have mentioned skills, and letting other users endorse like on LinkedIn. Maybe also have a place where devs can leave direct feedback of developers, like about their real-life experience with them or the benefits they've gotten from their writing. These would probably have to be approved first, and is more of a "nice to have" for me.
Collapse
 
ben profile image
Ben Halpern

In terms of LinkedIn-esque features, yeah maybe like a bulletin-board style comment folks could leave on profiles and the user could make some of them public for use as an "endorsement" of sorts, but it with an eye towards more authenticity than LinkedIn.

Collapse
 
ben profile image
Ben Halpern

Maybe more projects to show off along the lines of GitHub repos but more generally, like projects (with screenshots), maybe including stuff like codepens?

Collapse
 
fnh profile image
Fabian Holzer • Edited

I think features that could help discovering like-minded people would be of value.

The profile categories are currently arbitrary text, which I think is generally a good idea. I could imagine that this could be enhanced by twitter-like searchable hashtags, or a seperate category for arbitrary tags could be introduced, because hashtags are a bit limited when it comes to expressions which are not only one word, e.g. "constraint logic programming" or "dependent types".

Collapse
 
_bigblind profile image
Frederik ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ปโžก๏ธ๐ŸŒ Creemers

I don't have specific features, just usage considerations.

I wouldn't use my profile to send to (potential) employees/clients. I'd prefer that to be my own website, my own place on the web. I want my DEV.to profile to represent my identity within this community, although I have nothing against showing off things from other places around the web like GitHub repos, portfolio items, StackOverflow rep/top tags/...

Collapse
 
aspittel profile image
Ali Spittel

That's an awesome insight!

Collapse
 
craignicol profile image
Craig Nicol (he/him)

Preferred pronouns, as an explicit (optional) field, to normalise that, and possibly expose against profile pictures in the comments section, to make it super easy to use the right ones in replies.

Given there's a chat feature, maybe make that accessible from the profile too?

Collapse
 
david_j_eddy profile image
David J Eddy

I like the custom banner image idea. I use the same banner everywhere as part of my personal branding. Would be neat to add it here as well.