Search should also look at "About me" section in user profile


(Arnaud Sahuguet) #1

The current search feature seems to only include the name of the user when returning results.
It would be nice is it also looked at the “About me” section.

This way, you can search for people based on their interests or skills, etc.


(Jeff Atwood) #2

I do not feel this is a good idea – it would add a lot of noise to search results. Matching on username is one thing, matching on the whole of about me… noise.


(Mittineague) #3

From a Moderator’s point of view, being able search profiles would be a big plus at being able to find duplicate accounts.

But from a typical user’s point of view I think being able to search custom fields would make more sense.


(cpradio) #4

I’m torn on this. As it would make suspect accounts more public and I don’t like that.


(Jeff Atwood) #5

On top of that you can enter any kind of gibberish or nonsense on your profile and that is ok. But having it pollute search is not.


(Tobias Eigen) #6

I agree with @codinghorror but also understand the impulse. It would be nice to be able to provide users with fields they can complete so they can find their way to each other, for example to list tags of areas of expertise, languages spoken, what they are looking for etc. Maybe the custom fields could optionally be searchable?

But then again discourse is a forum and not a social network, and if it does its job people will find their way to each other through their discussions.