Letting users control their own settings

You can let people control who sees their profile information in the community or you can set this information for them. For example, you can enable users to change who sees their name and email address, or you can select a group of users who can see their name and email address.

Fastpath:
  • Admin Console > People > Global Profile Settings
  • Advanced Admin Console > People > Settings > Global Profile Settings

A user must have at least Manage System permissions to configure the profile fields.

The settings on the Profile Setting page enable you to fine-tune certain profile settings, including who can see essential fields by default. You can also set whether to show the user's full name, allow profile images or enable skills and endorsements. For more information on customizing the user profile fields, see Configuring user profile templates.

By configuring settings in the Featured Profile Fields, Other Profile Fields, and Availability and Location sections you can fine-tune certain profile settings, including who can see essential fields by default. You can also set whether to show the user's full name, allow profile images or enable skills and endorsements. For more information on customizing the user profile fields using the Header Profile Fields and Other Profile Fields sections, see Configuring user profile templates.

Table 1. User Profile Fields settings
Setting Description
Name Visibility Select the check box to let users set whether their name should be visible to others in the community. You can also set who sees the name by default with the following exceptions:
  • Users see their full names on their profile page.
  • The administrators with Manage Groups or higher permissions see the full names on the user profile pages. For more information about permission levels, see Overview of System Administration permission levels.
Profile Image Visibility Select the check box to let users set who can view their profile image. You can also set who sees the profile image by default.
Creation Date Visibility Select the check box to let users set who can view their profile creation date. Users may see a Member Since date. You can also set who sees the creation date by default.
Last Login Date Visibility Select the check box to let users set who can view their last login date. You can also set who sees the last login date by default.
Table 2. Other Options settings
Setting Description
Allow Profile Images Select Yes to allow people to display an image (such as a photo of themselves) on their user profile. You can also set the maximum number of profile images users can upload.
Allow Banner Image Select Yes to allow people to allow users to use a banner image on their profile.
Show Full Name by Default Select Yes to have a person full name displayed on their profile, as opposed to merely their user name. In external-facing communities, people usually prefer not to have their full name displayed. In the Name Visibility field, you can allow users to customize the visibility of their name.
Show Full Name in User Mentions Select Yes to have a person's full name displayed when they are at-mentioned. In external-facing communities, people usually prefer not to have their full name displayed. In the Name Visibility field, you can allow users to customize the visibility of their name.
Skills and Endorsements Select whether you want to enable both skills and endorsements, enable only skills, or disable both. Skills are how users tag their own profile and endorsements are the tags others give users.
Email Notifications Select whether you want to enable email notifications, disable them completely, or let users decide for themselves. By default, users can change their Notification Preferences by going to on their preferences page in the Receive email or mobile notifications field (User Avatar > Preferences > General Preferences). If you enable or disable email notifications, the users can see the Receive email or mobile notifications field but are not able to edit it.