User directory feedback

(Jeff Atwood) #1

For the longest time, there was no way to see a directory of users on a given Discourse site*. But thanks to @eviltrout, now there is!


  1. This is by no means a primary page for Discourse, it’s more of a nice to have. So we don’t have to agonize over getting it just right.

  2. Show who’s most active on the site (kind of a low-intensity “leaderboard”), your core users.

  3. A basic directory of people who exist on that Discourse

Check it out at

Feedback welcome. Are we showing the right data here? Does it make sense? How could we make it clearer, or better?

* other than search, sort of, but that assumes you already know the username of the user you want to find…

User directory is amazing!
Make the user list for a badge more similar to the global Users page
Error when trying to get to the /users URL
(NomNuggetNom ) #2

Looks awesome! I think it would be nice if your name appeared in the actual list in addition to it displaying at the top. Other than that, I can’t think of anything. It’s exactly what it needs to be :+1:.

EDIT: I take it back! I thought of something. How about filtering by group or badge?

EDIT 2: Any reason you can’t sort by time read?

(Allen - Watchman Monitoring) #3

This is very interesting… having our own record at the top is nice, but it makes it hard to see in-context. Any way to have an option? if not I’d prefer it in-line.

Other information which would be neat to see would be an rank column (1,2,3,4,5 etc) or a percentile

Nice Job @eviltrout

Oh, and maybe a column of @ mentions?

(Jeff Atwood) #4

I moved 10 posts to a new topic: Is it a security violation to show a directory of users?


I wouldn’t touch nothing… it looks clear enough right now! :slight_smile:

(Tobias Eigen) #9

love :heart: love :heartpulse: love :heartbeat:

So exciting. Thank you @eviltrout!!!

+1 on filtering by badge and by group. This would be very useful.

Would also very much like to be able to search by location and bio, and perhaps even by custom field.

(Tobias Eigen) #10

Two more thoughts:

  • no browser window title for the directory? I expect the title to be “User Directory - Discourse Meta” like Badges
  • I’d prefer “Directory” to “User Directory” to steer clear of the “User” terminology.

(Sam Saffron) #11

Personally I prefer a simple title of “Users” no need to add that directory word in anywhere. Missing title is a good catch.

(Michael Downey) #12

Definitely a great development.

Agree on this one … I was trying really hard to sort to see where I fell, but it was rather painful to do.

Definitely agree. Since the list is just numbers, it might cause some unnecessary guilt in our community because it clearly emphasizes quantity over quality. (Yes, even quantity of likes is a “quantity” thing.) It’s not about privacy, it’s about focus.

Agree on this one too.


It would be really great if admins could specify columns here (like location, or a custom field).

Also, a badge count (that links to the user’s badge page) would be great.

(Jens Maier) #13

Or select a different column to sort by by default…

(Dean Taylor) #14

I really like it - it surfaces numbers which my forum users should find helpful.

Reported a bug with dark colors:

(Brian Adams) #15

Does it filter out trust_0 level users? If not I do propose that by default you have to be trust_1 to be viewed in the directory.

I have those spammers that create clever names that I don’t want to give the satisfaction of a google indexing to

(Dean Taylor) #16

They can try and be clever - but this is what Google sees (or similar) for the User Directory:

User profiles are also not indexed.

(Mittineague) #17

Unless they are linked to elsewhere?

Is it a security violation to show a directory of users?
(Dean Taylor) #18

They are still not indexed - check robots.txt:

Note line:
Disallow: /users/

(Tobias Eigen) #19

I am on board with that, though for our site they’d be called members.


I agree with idea of a minimum trust level (preferably configurable) to be included.

Additional things to consider showing: trust level name, time as a registered user; with the latter being sortable.

(Lisa Wess) #21

Will this page be extensible so we can add in information from plugins, etc?

Absolutely love the page and it clears out one thing we were going to try to figure out how to do. Thank you! :thumbsup:

(Michael Downey) #22

I suppose it’s still early, but it goes without saying that the mobile CSS needs work. :slight_smile:

(Michele) #23

Seems just perfect. Nice feature.