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Profiles

A profile is a bit of information about a Webmaster World member. All information is configurable by the member. An example is shown in figure 8 at the right.

Member profile information is useful for members as it allows you to present yourself and your site to other members. Profile referrals are a powerful means of promotion themselves and give members an idea of who is posting. Second, they are simply a way of letting other members know who you are - a self introduction to the community.

Viewing Profiles

You may view a member profile from several different locations within Webmaster World. You may view Moderator profiles from the homepage and from the top of their forum entry page.

When viewing messages, you may click on User Profile as shown in figure 7 to view that users profile. When viewing a profile, you may click on the users Email Address (if present) to send them standard net email from your email client. Click on the members name will take you to a StickyMail form where you can send them a local message.

Editing Your Profile

After a member is logged into the system, the top menu bar of every page will contain a "profile" link as shown in figure 3 where members may edit their profile information. After clicking, you will be asked to sign in again as a security check. An example profile edit screen is shown below:

Most of the fields are self explanatory. A picture URL is a full URL (including http://) to a self picture of some sort. This can be on your own server.

Email Address. A valid email address is required for all members. The system may also send you email notices if you elect to receive them from posts. PLEASE: no autoresponders. Using an email address that has an auto responder may result in the termination of your Webmaster World membership.

Editing Preferences

In addition to profile information, there are preferences that you may set from your edit profile screen.
  • Show Email Address: you may elect not to expose your email address within your profile to other members. You may set your email address to hidden and still receive StickyMail notices of new local email. Thus, members can still contact you, but you can protect your address from web email harvesters.
  • Time Zone Offset: you may set an offset from GMT (Greenwich mean time or UT Universal Time). All system times will then show within your own time.
  • Time Zone ID: after setting your time zone offset, it is nice to be able to remember what zone you are in. Use a simple 3 character ID that refers to your own time zone. The ID will be displayed next to all times as a reminder.
  • Form Input Width: This will be the width of the input form window when you leave a messages. It is displayed in characters wide. It is often nice to be able to set a width wider than the default.

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