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User Profile Settings

If you want to reset your password, change your email address, add to your tags, upload a picture of yourself, say where you're located, or specify what appears on your public profile, you need to set your user profile settings. In addition, you can also do things like viewing a list of your mailing list subscriptions, displaying a map of your location on your public profile, and seeing the projects you've joined.

You do all this on the Manage Profile page, as described below under Editing Your User Profile Settings.

Viewing Your Public Profile

Your public profile is a page that provides other users with some information about you. To see your public profile:

  1. Click the My Page tab to display your personal home page.

  2. On the left under Profile, click View Public Profile.

Editing Your User Profile Settings

To edit your user profile settings, click My Page, then on the left under Profile click Edit My Profile.

The Manage Profile page opens. You select the tab that has the settings you want, such as Settings for basic information like your email address, your name, tags describing you, your status as a student, and your location, or Subscriptions to see all your email subscriptions.

Settings Tab

Changing Your Email, Name, or Country

Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page and enter values for Email, First Name, Last Name, or Country, then click Update. If you want any of this information to display on your public profile page, click the Privacy tab and check the fields you want others to see.

For information on the Location field, see below, Displaying a Location Map on Your Profile Page.

Warning: If you're using your Sun Developer Network (SDN) login on Project Kenai, changing the email address for your Kenai account also changes the email associated with your SDN account.

Note: When you change your email address, a notification is sent both to your old email address (in case you didn't make the change) and to your new one. As with an initial registration, you have to click the link in the email sent to your new address to verify the new address. Once the new address is verified, it appears in your profile. Until then, the old email address continues to be displayed.

Setting Your Student Status

Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page and check or uncheck the Student checkbox. With Student checked, you can optionally enter your school name to the right of the Student checkbox.

Setting Tags so People Can Search for You

Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page and in the Tags field enter terms that describe you or might help people find you on the site.

Changing Your Default Forum Editing Syntax

Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page and click the Forum Post Format droplist to choose a syntax. For more information on forums and editing syntax, see About Forums.

Networking Tab

Listing Your Instant Messaging (IM) IDs

Click the Networking tab on the Manage Profile page. You can enter up to three IM IDs under Instant Messaging Networks.

To enter an IM ID, click the droplist to the right of an entry field to choose a network, and then enter the ID you use on that network.

Note: The ID isn't your alias, but the name you use to log in to the network. For example, for Google, it would be your email,

Listing Your Social Networking or Other Sites

To list your web sites, such as a home page, blog page, or social networking page, first click the Networking tab on the Manage Profile page. You can add up to four pages under Social Networks and Other Sites.

To add a page, first select the type of site from the droplist on the right and then paste or type the site's URL in the corresponding entry field. For example, if you have a Facebook page, you can get a URL by logging into Facebook, right-clicking your username link at the top right of the page, and copying that address. In Firefox, the right-click menu item would be Copy Link Location. In Internet Explorer, you'd right-click and choose Copy Shortcut.

Image Tab

Adding a Picture to Your Profile Page

Click the Image tab on the Manage Profile page and upload an image from your local system. A square image works best, and the size can't be greater than 500K. You can remove the graphic at any time and display a generic placeholder instead.

Since the image will be cropped to a square image, you might want to work with the image in a graphics editor and make it square before you upload it. Also, an image that is at least 150 X 150 pixels will get better results than a smaller image.

For example, the following image isn't square. Here's how it looked before uploading:

And here's how it looked after being uploaded to the site and automatically cropped and resized. Note that the top of the head was cut off.

One way to make this image look better is to edit it before you upload it. If you crop it to a square image and center the part you think is important, you're more likely to see what you want on the site. Here's how it looked after first cropping it in an image editor and then uploading it to the site:

Password Tab

Changing Your Password

Click the Password tab on the Manage Profile page and enter your current password, then enter your new password twice and click Save.

Privacy Tab

Setting What Displays on Your Profile Page

By default, your profile page shows your username, your tags, and any image you might have uploaded in the Image tab of the My Profile - Manage page. You can also show your first name, your last name, the date you became a member, your country, your language, and your location as a map. If you've registered as a student, you can also show your school name.

To change what displays on your profile page, click the Privacy tab on the Manage Profile page, then check the items you want to make public.

Displaying a Location Map on Your Profile Page

  1. Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page and enter any location that can be found by Google Maps, then click Update. For example, you can enter city name and state or province, county or other administrative district, country, or whatever combination is necessary. Some examples:
    • Minneapolis,MN
    • Saskatchewan
    • Karnataka
    • Prague
    • Vanuatu
    • Bhutan
    • Siberia, Jujuy, Argentina
    • 37.3926722,-121.954501
  2. Click the Privacy tab, then check the Location as a Map checkbox and click Save.

For more information, try some locations on Google Maps or see Google Maps Help.

Displaying Your School on Your Profile Page

If you're a student, you can make your school show up on your profile page.

  1. Click the Settings tab on the Manage Profile page.
  2. If necessary, check the Student checkbox, then enter your school's name and click Update.
  3. Click the Privacy tab, then check the School checkbox and click Save.

Subscriptions Tab

Seeing a List of Your Mailing List Subscriptions

Click the Subscriptions tab on the Manage Profile page. You see a list of all your mailing list subscriptions. You can browse a list's archives by clicking Browse Archives.

SSH Keys Tab

A Secure Shell Protocol (SSH) key is required if you want to use the Git source code management system, which on Project Kenai requires that you use SSH access. You can also use an SSH key for more secure and faster SSH access to a Mercurial or Subversion repository.

Adding an SSH Key to Your Profile

Click the SSH Keys tab on the Manage Profile page. On this tab, you enter the public key that you generate with your SSH client on your system. See Generating an SSH Key for information on generating a key.

After you've generated a public key, here's how you add it to this tab.

  1. Click Add Public Key.

  2. The Add Public Key dialog opens.

  3. Optionally give the key a Title. This is useful if you plan to have more than one key, which you might if you commit from more than one computer.
  4. Open the public key file and copy the public key. For example, ~/.ssh/ on Linux or Mac, or on Windows, .ssh\ in your Documents and Settings\your-username user directory.
  5. Paste the public key into the Public Key Field.
    Note: Don't worry about extra spaces or linefeeds—they will be fixed up for you when you save the key.
  6. Click Add to save the new key.
  7. You see the new key appear in the list of keys.

Testing a Public Key

You can test if an ssh key works by using your client's ssh command. For example, for a key created for user, you could use a Terminal window on a Linux or Mac system, or on Windows you could use a program like Cygwin, and enter the following command:

   $ ssh
  • If the key works, you get a response like the following:

    Hi, ell! You have successfully authenticated, but we do not provide shell access.
    Connection to closed.

  • If the key doesn't work, you get the following response:

    Permission denied (publickey,keyboard-interactive).


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