FullContact Plugin to display data-mined social network data on users to admins

Continuing the discussion from User page with custom data from external DB:

I’m considering writing a plugin to load data from the FullContact Person API for each new sign-up on my forum. This would be available to admins and/or moderators.


It’s astonishing, the information FullContact provides (social profiles, interests, influence measures etc) given just an email address. Here’s how it obtains the data:


It would be a bonanza for moderators who want to get a fuller background on users, and assign higher trust levels to users with strong online social proof.

However, I would understand if the Discourse team had ethical objections to this plugin idea. Any thoughts?


Nothing against this as a plugin. It’s a pretty common feature for support software; I see Intercom is one of their customers.