Creating user profiles

I’ve discovered that in Moodle, I can modify the user profile to add custom fields. So in addition to having the option of city/town, photo and general description, I can add new sections to the profile.

Which sent me on a whirlwind through what’s in a profile anyway? There is a good chapter in the book Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, raising additional questions of community reputation.

So what kind of information are people willing or able to share. The purpose of these field is what?
– to help people find others they’d be connected with
– to encourage people to share what they think is important, resulting in a better sense of community (?)
– to describe to the user the purpose or focus of the community

This is the beginning of quite a bit of thinking and decision making for me. What fields matter and add meaning?

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