WordPress.org user profiles already display a user’s activity, plugins and themes they’re associated with, and their favorite plugins. What if data from WordCamp.org could be displayed as well? If this sounds interesting, keep an eye on the Make WordPress Community blog. Ian Dunn has begun the process by asking what kind of data to display from WordCamp.org and whether those items should be shown within the activity stream or as an association.
The project is in the preliminary stages with the hopes of being accomplished in time to be merged with the overall revamp of WordPress.org profiles. As part of the Google Summer of Code in 2013, Mert Yazicioglu took on the task of enhancing WordPress.org profiles. Mert published a screencast that shows what they would have looked like. Early feedback showed Mert was on to something but ultimately, his version was not implemented.
According to Jen Mylo, “the UI changes proposed in the GSoC project were very minor and did not increase usability or usefulness.” Mylo and Mel Choyce will work together to improve the UI once improvements are made to the backend of the project.
WordPress.org Profiles As Social Badges
I’m looking forward to the day when profiles showcase accomplishments by individuals in the community. It would be cool if profiles become something like a badge that people could proudly show on their site letting everyone know how active they are in the community. There has been suggestions that profiles could be tied into the OpenBadges project by Mozilla. Integration could open up new possibilities to encourage learning.
What types of data would you like to see on your WordPress.org profile page?
I’d love to see BadgeOS integrated into WordPress.org profiles, which integrates directly with OpenBadges :) http://wordpress.org/plugins/badgeos/