A series of changes recently made to the site are intended to improve navigation around the site and make it easier to keep track of your own activity and that of other members. For complete implementation details, see the posts on the Updates group, which is usually updated around 22:00 UTC on any day in which the site’s software or configuration has been changed.
Avatars are the small round images which identify users. Users can upload their own avatars or use avatars posted on the Gravatar site under the same E-mail address they used when registering their Ratburger membership. Avatars appear on main page posts and comments, and on group posts and comments, along with the user’s name, which identifies people who haven’t uploaded an avatar image. For likes on posts and comments, only avatars are shown, but you can “mouse over” or “hover” above the avatar to see the user’s name as a pop-up title. On almost every place you see an avatar on the site, you can click it to display the user’s Profile page.
Profile pages are a one-stop shop for information about users. A user’s profile shows you:
- Display name (“John Walker”)
- Account name (“@johnwalker”)
- Time of last activity
- Description or biography, if any
- “Party card number” (Order in joining the site)
- Date joined
Below this information is a menu which allows you to view additional information about the user, including:
- Activity in groups in which the user participates
- Profile of the user
- Friends of the user
- Groups of which the user is a member
- Posts made by the user since joining the site
- Comments made by the user since joining the site
In addition, when viewing your own profile, additional information is available such as Notifications and Messages, plus the ability to edit most of the profile fields. When viewing your own posts and comments, there are links that let you edit them.
(A note on “Party card numbers”: some users will have party card numbers which are greater than the number of members shown in the “At a Glance” section of the Dashboard. This is because these numbers [formally, within the WordPress software, user IDs] are assigned when an account is created and never reused. If an account fails to complete registration, is closed, or is banned due to spamming or other misbehaviour, it will have a party card number which corresponds to no active account. Like many other parties, Ratburger has “unpersons”.)