Your personal profile on Xchange provides an opportunity for the community to locate you and to learn more about you. You can highlight your areas of expertise, link to examples of your work and, of course, let people know how they can reach you.
If you provide an email address, a Contact button will appear in the header of your profile allowing members to initiate an email to you. This public email is an optional field that will also be displayed in the “online elsewhere” block, along with your website and any social media profiles you may have chosen to include. Some members are populating the field with their company email, others are using a generic “info@.” For those choosing not to provide an email address, members can reach out via the “Start a Conversation” feature. If you choose to populate the field, just know that it is publicly available.
And, as requested, a new feature has been released: Pronouns. When editing your profile, you will notice an opportunity to select from a dropdown. The field will be defaulted to “Prefer not to say,” in which case, nothing will be displayed with your name. If you choose to add your pronouns, your selection will be shown following your name.
So, whether you’re new to Xchange or you’ve been part of the community for a while, take a moment to review your profile!
Here’s a tutorial you may find helpful (albeit created before the Pronouns feature):