I’m looking to build a community of engagement, where members can connect on shared interests and development staff can gain a deeper understanding of our constituency. To this end, the more information people provide about themselves on their profiles, the better the system can recommend ‘people like you’ and the greater understanding our team can have of our membership. At the same time, asking people for too much information might reduce their willingness to join the community, feel a sense of privacy, etc. I think surveying our various departments for the kinds of information they would love to have our membership tell them about will reveal a lot of good questions.
•How many profile fields do you have for users in your community?
•What is one of the most unique or even crazy profile fields you request new members to fill out?