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Request for a Member Story feature which helps to highlight a Codidact member's topic expertise

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I learned today that another Q&A site on the web will soon be ditching its Developer Story feature in which members of that site maintain a chronological log of their skills, achievements, certificates, education, professional roles, volunteer roles, accreditation etc. in a specific subject-related context.

Is there a possibility that Codidact Software Development might reproduce this soon-to-be-ditched feature?

Or even that the feature might be adapted / enhanced such that it could also complement a Codidact Member's Profile on other suitable Codidact Q&A Topics, not least:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Languages & Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics

etc.

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What's a "developer story"? (9 comments)
What would this add in addition to user profiles? (8 comments)

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The idea of the developer story on StackOverflow was to present yourself to potential employers. (For further reading see Introducing the Developer Story or Developer story: first impression where one can also see example screenshots - basically a vertical timeline) It was some kind of resume, similar to what for example LinkedIn or others are presenting. My guess is that StackOverflow gave up on it in the end, because they could not compete with LinkedIn and the likes.

The "member story" here would have to be quite different. You would have to ask yourself what problem you are trying to solve and give much more details for a feature request to be better assessable by the audience. What benefits would a professional resume on Codidact (a developer story was not so much more in the end) bring to members and what exactly should be on it? This feature request could be filled with more details.

In the end, it doesn't really matter what degrees you have earned for participation here. You simply answer a question and others vote on that. Resumes are more a social network feature than a necessary part of a knowledge transfer platform.

On the other hand, there is this free-form profile field that you can fill with anything (your story if you want). What would a more formalized story give that this free field does not give? Better formatting maybe?

What I plan to contribute to Codidact is a network profile and a network wide landing page. And I think that the network profile should act as something telling others (and yourself) what you have achieved here on Codidact. But that is (badges in tags for example) always also a measure of participation than simply of abilities.

To summarize:

  • We should not offer special resume sections because that is not very relevant for Q&A and anyway there are specialized sites like LinkedIn for that. However, if you want put that on your profile and if more special formatting is desired why not.

  • We should think about ways to present the amount of work/knowledge/abilities that people have in the best possible way. What are the tags that you are good in, what users are good in a tag? I think this is useful information.

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The "about" section of your profile, as noted in another answer, provides a place to put whatever content you like, including a proto-CV if you choose. But I think there's a more general idea here that I'd like to explore: a way to highlight particular posts, regardless of their scores or the communities they're posted on -- a way to call out some of your top work, where you get to define "top". Sometimes your best work isn't high-scoring (maybe it's in an obscure, low-traffic tag), or maybe you just think everything clicked on that post and you want to show it off a little.

After we build a network profile, perhaps we could add something to it to hold a curated list of your posts, to be displayed like on profile pages now but showing the community (maybe without the category). A minimal interface would give you a place to paste a URL from anywhere on the network and a way to reorder links you've already added. Ideally the code would check that it's actually your post. A fuller version might give you a way to add short annotations to be displayed with the link (why are you highlighting this?) or might let you highlight tags somehow.

It's not a resume, but you can use LinkedIn (etc) for that. It might not even be professional work, if what you want to highlight is hobby activities. It would just be billed as your highlights, with no implied semantics, unlike SO's Developer Story.

Would something like this address the request here?

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Isn't this again something that could simply be on the profile freeform field? (2 comments)

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