Coming Soon (I Think!): Author Bios

To be appearing soon at the bottom of most posts, something like the below:

author_block_archive_2015-09-25

Post Author Bio Block

Something like the above ought to appear down below. I’m still refining the code, but that’s my current draft “author bio box,” which I hope to be implementing at the main site right soon.

On the author archive page (where you go when you click on an author’s name-link), we replace the shorter biography with a longer one (if available), and get rid of the recent posts/archive section, since, obviously, the whole page is already an archive, in reverse chronological order. Something like:

author_block_archive_2015-09-25

Author Archive Bio Block

Eventually or sooner, we should further develop the author page, adding new features and options in the context of a broader perspective on the page’s potential uses, but, even at this early stage, there’s nothing preventing the enterprising and ambitious OG from developing the author bio into a full-fledged on-line resume, if that’s what the enterprising and ambitious OG wants. (If the enterprising and ambitious OG wants a complete custom-designed author page, that’s also possible.) Additionally, I expect to incorporate gravatar, archive links, site role, biographical details, possibly recent posts, into a new Contributors page and Contributors’ “mega-menu.”

Some practical issues to note:

  • If a contributor has not 1) gotten an avatar (at gravatar.com) and 2) added biographical info at his or her “Your Profile” page, then the biography box will not show up on his or her posts, nor will one appear at the top of his or her Author/Archive page, nor will he or she and his or her bio/info appear on the future Contributors page.
  • All social/contact links are optional: If you don’t provide them, nothing will appear. (There is also an option at the end of the profile page to add links and icons of your own, if there’s something else you’d like to link to.
  • This change will NOT affect past posts, but will affect all posts after date X – I’m thinking as soon as this weekend (Sept 26 or 27). So, authors who have been adding their own bios to their posts don’t need to worry about old ones now featuring two bios.
  • It is also possible to create custom bio boxes for individual authors that will override the built-in application – possibly for guest authors or for writing teams. These should be handled on a case by case basis.

As always, suggestions and questions are welcome – including from non-authors.


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4 thoughts on “Coming Soon (I Think!): Author Bios

  1. Appearance appeared, apparently. Got a bit hoisted on me own petard of indulging in overlong titles. More advanced version would likely have to include a title-clipping function… perhaps if/when further develop the author page further.
  2. I think one obvious possibility is each of us writing each other’s bios. For instance, you could write mine, “Wilkinson is obviously an anti-intellectual whose insistence on ignoring a person’s stated position and refusal to accept commonly held ideas about what is and isn’t appropriate within a discussion makes for hugely frustrating conversations in which everybody ends up very angry. Also, he writes about food sometimes.”

    This is a very good idea that could not possibly go wrong.

    • That is by far and away my favoritest ever comment of yours, Mr. Wilkinson.

      Maybe as a stopgap, some writers will try to write about themselves as others would. Editors might consider stepping in and taking over for shy writers – since part of the objective is to tout the site by touting its writers, including as a place for writers to get touted.

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