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Check Out Your New and Improved DZone Profile!

08.27.2012
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As if DZone couldn't get any more awesome, it just did. Our development and design teams revamped user profile pages and added some new features that we think will add to your overall experience on our site; after all, this is your community, right? You can access your new profile by logging into or creating a user profile on DZone (upper left-hand corner of the screen).

The new features you currently see . . .

  • Cleaner, more organized look and feel
  • Stats on articles, links, and views to quantify user activity history across the DZone network
  • An Activity Stream, complete with recent articles, comments, and links

Screen shots!


A - Social Network Promotion

Out with the old and in with the new! The new profile layout brings more attention to your social netowrking profiles.


B - Profile Statistics

Here's the totaled stat section, located in the upper right-hand corner of the new profile page. It highlights all your activity across the DZone network. How awesome have you been lately?

C - Recent Activity Stream

Now readers who think you are awesome can see the zone that your content was posted in, how many views it got, and once again, it's not bad on the eyes!

D - Sidebar

We've also created a sidebar that will house your personal information including your bio and links to your website or blog. In the future, this sidebar will be expanded to contain more information about you as a developer.

Future additions:

  • Older activity in the stream on demand
  • More activity will appear in the stream when you scroll to the bottom of the new profile pages. You will be able to access a history of a user's activity.
  • Filterable Activity Stream
    • There will be 3 buttons at the top of the stream that will allow you to filter it by the different content types: article, comment, and link.
  • User RSS Feeds
    • Each profile will have an RSS feed of the user's activity.
    • Moderation Queue status for your pending articles
  • Our trusted and loyal community members wanted a better user profile and we delivered. We hope your experience is bettered and through the enhanced profiles you will get more from DZone.

    We like to think that DZone profiles are still in beta, so feel free to suggest improvement by leaving your comments below!

Published at DZone with permission of its author, Will Soprano.

(Note: Opinions expressed in this article and its replies are the opinions of their respective authors and not those of DZone, Inc.)

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Silvio Bierman replied on Tue, 2012/08/28 - 2:05am

That's all fine and dandy but I am still waiting for a site filter feature. Where can I opt out of the devops crap? I am very close to leaving for good.

 

Gervais Blaise replied on Tue, 2012/08/28 - 4:20am

An when di you plan to allow empty phone number and address ?

Matthew Schmidt replied on Tue, 2012/08/28 - 6:47am in response to: Silvio Bierman

Hi Silvio.  As we branch into more and more narrow topics, each one has a distinct area.  I can see where the frustration comes from as content from other topics filters into sites like Javalobby.  We are working on making it so you can filter out topics, but I don't have a timeframe work it yet.  Feel free to email me at matt at dzone.com if you'd like to discuss it more.

Matthew Schmidt replied on Tue, 2012/08/28 - 6:49am in response to: Gervais Blaise

Hi Gervais.  This is also on our short roadmap.  We won't be getting rid of phone number and address for things like Refcardz or webinars, but for simple commenting and linking we do plan on having a simpler profile.  Hope that helps.

Gervais Blaise replied on Tue, 2012/08/28 - 7:16am in response to: Matthew Schmidt

We won't be getting rid of phone number and address for things like Refcardz or webinars

 

Why ? I live in Belgium, and because our phone number aren't the same a those in US. So I have to give you a fake number (and don't want to give my personnal number) and I'm able to get your excellent Refcardz. I also have a dummy address.

Maybe can you ask for the required informations if missing when booking webinars instead of making them required for the profile. 

 

Mihai Dinca - P... replied on Tue, 2012/08/28 - 7:34am

There is also a discrepancy in UI between user id and user name. When you reply to a comment, you can see a " in response to: " message with user id after, but in the comment user name is seen. Sometimes if there are many comments you have no ideea from the message to whom it was the reply dedicated. I guess it should be more understandable to use the user name everywhere.

David Cypers replied on Tue, 2012/08/28 - 11:00am

It would be great if we could filter the home page based on tags. Eg. exclude some tags.

(Now, I accomplish this by applying a greasemonkey script)

Infovation Softwares replied on Wed, 2012/08/29 - 6:00am

WOw, who told them to do all these features that no one here asked them to.

Try implementing user selected genres, let us decide which post goes in which category.


COME ON,

LISTEN TO THE USERS


OR better PERISH.

Matthew Schmidt replied on Wed, 2012/08/29 - 7:05am in response to: Infovation Softwares

Actually, your statement that no-one asked us to is simply false.  We have a very large audience and simply because you didn't ask doesn't meant no-one did :)  As I stated before, we are looking at providing the ability to filter a single homepage by excluding what tags you don't want to see.  You can also view the homepage for each topical portal (HTML5, Cloud, DevOps, etc) and get feeds from those without being on something more generic such as Javalobby.  We're also working on not cross-posting things from the other topics into the Java portal quiet so much.  

 

So, be kind - the team here put a lot of effort, a lot of talking to users, into this new feature.  We are working on lots of other features, they're just not all useful to everyone :) 

Silvio Bierman replied on Wed, 2012/08/29 - 8:04am in response to: Matthew Schmidt

Matthew,

Any work on te site is appreciated. The reason people are screaming about filters is that in time more and more off-topic messages have been poured into JavaLobby. When JavaLobby moved to DZONE everyhting was fine. But slowly messages from "zones" started polluting JavaLobby.

Why can I seperately opt in to DevOps (by far the loudest "zone" with by far the least interesting messages) but still see those same messages in JavaLobby? Someone deliberately decided to do this without asking us so they should not be surprised to receive lots of complaints.

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