We just updated the profile editor this past week. There were a growing number of problems with the old one, and we wanted to lay the groundwork for a few additional features we’re planning.
I started off by making a list of what we didn’t like:
- Profile editor was under the shell of a group site
When a member belongs to more than one site, their profile is actually shared. Having the editor under the shell of any one group site make this unclear.
- Cumbersome to edit data
Each line of information required a click to edit, a click to save, and two server requests. This could be much simpler.
- No good place for group-specific profile info
We’d like to allow each group to add their own additional profile questions, but there was no good place to add these questions.
- Parent contact information was buried
Many users didn’t know this existed, and therefore didn’t fill it out.
- Illogical parent contact separation
Parent e-mail addresses had their own separate page, but parent mailing addresses were supposed to be entered on your profile. Many users also only provided a home address, assuming we would know this was their parent’s address too.
- Inconvenient e-mail update flow
To prevent users from missing messages, we needed to ensure that you could never remove a verified primary e-mail address without providing a new one in its place.
Many of these were minor issues, but we knew we could do better. We started off with a brand new profile editing site at https://profile.gozuus.com. We gave it a different look, so that users would know it was external to their GoZuus group site. We made it faster to edit, cleanly separated parent contact information onto a new page, and provided a separate profile page for each group to which you belong. Here’s what it looks like now:
Watch for more enhancements to this feature and the user directory in coming months! As always, if you have suggestions please let us know!
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