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Allow users to link more than one website in their profile. [closed]

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closed as duplicate by ‭aCVn‭ on Sep 17, 2020 at 08:30

This question has been answered before. See: More social media/online communities to link to profile.

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Currently, users can only add their twitter handle and one other website to their profile. I find this kind of limiting since someone might want to add more to their profile. Say for instance they want to put a link to both their blog and their professional website; right now, they have no way of doing so (outside of putting it in the info box).

Could we have the option to link more than one website in our profile?

EDIT:

In response to "there is no problem to solve here."

Does a feature request have to solve a problem? Can't a requested feature be, you know, just to make things better/simpler/more convenient?

Why should this post be closed?

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You can always 1.Put it in the profile description, 2.Use linktree for all links, and put that in the other website spot. ‭Dani‭ 25 days ago

@Dani 1. I did explicitly say that it was an option. 2. I had no idea about linktree, and I doubt many people do either. Besides, using linktree just sems like a workaround, being able to do it here would be preferrable. ‭Moshi‭ 25 days ago

Down voters please explain? ‭Moshi‭ 24 days ago

Votes here on meta mean agreement/disagreement. The obvious interpretation of the downvotes is therefore "I don't think this is a worthwhile feature". ‭Olin Lathrop‭ 23 days ago

@Olin Lathrop Might be obvious to you, but to me disagreement means "This feature shouldn't be implemented" ‭Moshi‭ 23 days ago

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Let's talk about design.

Clearly we wouldn't want to allow any number of links, because having a thousand links would break the layout in some way. Unless we put it behind a "show more" control of some sort when we reach the "too many to lay out reasonably" point, wherever that is (and it's probably different on phones and desktops).

At the other end of the spectrum, we currently only allow one, plus a Twitter handle. (The wireframe for the profile page also shows a GitHub link.) We've been thinking about this as "provider + link", like Twitter ID, personal web site, etc. (I think that's how the database schema is set up, but I'm not sure.) Individual communities might want to add relevant "providers", like maybe a science community would have a place to add an ArXiv author page.

Do we need multiple arbitrary links -- that is, should the cardinality of "web site" be higher than 1? Or do we need more types of links, and if so which ones?

I'm not expressing an opinion here. How we would design it depends on the answers to these questions. So before we add anything we'd need to figure out what need we're trying to address.

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Obviously there should be a reasonable limit. I just don't think that limit should be 1. Design and implementation-wise, you could take a page off how other sites do it - another site that I'm on allows users to define arbitrary "name: address" rows on their profile page. (ex. Twitter: @username, Blog: example.com, TopAnswers: topanswers.xyz/user?id=0). ‭Moshi‭ 18 days ago

Yeah, I'm not trying to play a reductio ad absurdum card; I'm just trying to tease out whether it's a small number of arbitrary links (and roughly how many), or whether it's "support more specific sites beyond Twitter and one free link". ‭Monica Cellio‭ 18 days ago

I think one is enough, because you can always link to a personal page that contains more links on it. Otherwise, maybe 3 or 5 links would be an upper limit if you want to extend it, but I don't see a reason to. ‭mbomb007‭ 14 days ago

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As you say:

they have no way of doing so (outside of putting it in the info box)

Since you can put any links you want within your arbitrary info text, there is no problem to solve here.

You can look at my profile as an example of this in action. I included a link to my resume in the info text. It was easy to do.

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I did explicitly say that it was an option to just put it in the profile text. However, the functionality of having links in the sidebar is there already, so why no extend it? ‭Moshi‭ 24 days ago

@Moshi: Because there is not need since it's already solved, and the developers have better things to do. ‭Olin Lathrop‭ 24 days ago