Summary: A user network visualisation
Install: Follow the plugin installation guide.
Presents your community as a network visualisation (Desktop/Tablet only).
Get to it by hitting
User Network on the Hamburger menu or navigating to
yoursite.com/usernetworkvis - NB you have to be logged in as a registered user to see the vis.
the nodes represent users.
the links represent interactions on your forum - the more interactions, the thicker the line
- an interaction is the combination of Likes and Replies (this is the very same data that’s available on someone’s Summary profile page to all users)
Hover over a user to isolate them and their connections visually
Click on a node to navigate to their Summary profile.
Drag nodes around and watch the show
Trust levels are currently exposed as different colours. If you don’t want this, set the same colour several times. I may find another criterium to set colour, but this was the most obvious by far as very generic
To refresh data, Trigger the job. This may be necessary after a settings change (I’ve marked those that require it):
https://your.site/sidekiq/scheduler and find this one:
Otherwise this runs every hour.
if you have 10,000’s of users, this job may run LONG and take up resources. Seems to work ok on a 5,000 account site running on a 2 Core 2GB VPS taking about 30 seconds. The SQL is necessarily BRUTAL
My intention was with this was just to paint a picture.
If you want to see the data, just go to
In any case, in individual cases, you can see much of this data on each users summary page by clicking on a node (Most replied to, Most liked/liked by).
Settings … so … many … settings:
If you have a large site with lots of people on it, you are going to find the diagram very noisy. Consider upping
minimum trust level.
- we’re at V 0.3, it’s pretty early days.
- Suggest away
The visualisation is based on the awesome d3 library
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