Or the groups page, which could benefit from demographic info about the people in the group. I for one would be interested to know who in the groups I am in are nearby or where they are. Maybe not on meta but in my community.
Thanks for your input. Unfortunately, none of those really wok for my use case (and I suppose neither for @Andy_Cleff ). I am investigating if we can move a patient group from phpBB to Discourse. The patients often want to get in contact with other patients living in the same country (perhaps for setting up local conferences etc.). So what I would basically need is some kind of directory, where the patients (only user name, no further details) are listed along with their country, and perhaps some configurable custom use fields to go along with it.
Wordpress for example has standard functionality that will fulfills this need. I guess in the Discourse status quo we are probably talking about a custom plugin at this stage. @ebs, I would want to integrate your flag functionality though. Would you be interested in increasing the scope of your plugin on a paid basis, or should we fork your plugin, or should we extend it and submit a PR?
In my community, we have a member directory in wordpress. Details are updated in discourse via API so they are kept in sync. This works reasonably well, but doesn’t allow members to quickly contact each other based on their location.
It would be neat to see this in discourse, and you’re right that it seems to be heading down the path of a custom plugin.
Have you looked at the locations plugin? appears to be more about topics than users, but still perhaps something you can get involved in to add in the ability to plot and see users on a map based on their location field.