How to display data beneath the user's avatar?

I am trying to display some externally generated user data below the user’s avatar. Currently, the data is stored in a custom user field of type ‘text’ and the field is populated via an API call as well as during SSO.

Now I am trying to determine the best way to actually display the data. Actually, I’m trying to find any way to display the data. A plugin seems like the best option, but there is no plugin-outlet that can be used.

Can someone with more knowledge point me in the correct direction?

This should be your ticket for displaying the data:

api.decorateWidget('post-avatar:after', helper => {
    return helper.h('div', `TEST`);

You can find more info on that function in the plugin-api.js.es6. I imagine with some CSS you’d be able to get something close to what you want.


Thank you, that has certainly helped with displaying data in the correct location. Unfortunately it has also led me to another stumbling block.

From the helper.attrs, I can get the username and the user_id. Using this info, I then tried:

   let f1_val = user.user_fields[1];
   return helper.h('div', `${f1_val}`);

Aside from throwing an error, this method of data retrieval results in an API request for every post. Is there a way to access the information from the Ember side without requiring an API call?

Ah yeah, I ran into a similar issue when trying to tinker around with something for a theme. The answer I got was:

Since it sounds like you are able to use a plugin, I think you should be able to add the custom_field to the post serializer.

I’m pretty sure this topic will have some useful info and give you some good inspiration:

My knowledge on plugins is admittedly limited, so if anyone else reading has better advice, please chime in :slight_smile:


once again, thank you. Hopefully I can make some time this weekend to hack on my plugin.

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For what it is worth, none of that helped me get the data :frowning: but I did manage to get the data without creating a plugin :smile:

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That’s awesome!

Would you mind sharing the basic idea of what ended up working for you? I’m curious what you ended up going with and I’m sure others that happen upon this topic will appreciate the info as well :smiley:

Sure thing. Once I get data displaying better, I’ll be posting about my experience

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In order to store the custom data on Discourse, I went to Admin > Customize > User Fields and created a custom field. The data I need is a percentile representing progress and I chose “text” as the field type. The field’s name is only displayed on the user’s card and profile and is sadly not used to reference the field data programatically.

The field storing the progress was the 3rd custom field I created and thus “3” becomes a very important number.

Using the API, I wrote a curl script (with the help of to populate the field with test data. Because the field I wanted to populate was the 3rd field I created, my data line in the curls script is:

--data '{ "user_fields": { "3":"87" } }'

Displaying the data required going to Admin > Settings > Users, and scrolling to the “public user custom fields” option and whitelisting the field. Since the field was the 3rd created, I had to whitelist “user_field_3” and not the actual name I gave the field.

At this point, I wrote a basic plugin with the following:

export default {
  name: 'progress-indicator',
  initialize() {
    withPluginApi("0.8.23", api => {       
      api.decorateWidget('post-avatar:after', helper => {
        let progress = helper.attrs.userCustomFields['user_field_3'];
        let retString = helper.h("div.progress-wrapper",
          {style: 'border: 1px solid blue; width:100%;'}, 
          helper.h('div.progress-bar',{style: 'width:'+progress+'%; background-color: green; height: 10px;'})
        return retString;

The final output screenshot009