Add information about degrees granted to Schools section of userinfo
Short, concise description of the idea
Within the Schools field of userinfo, there should be a way to specific whether you (a) received a degree from a given school -- and if so, what degree, in what year; (b) attended that school without graduating; (c) took classes at that school as a non-degree-seeking student; or (d) perhaps there are other possibilities I'm forgetting.
Full description of the idea
For example, my userinfo lists five schools I attended. It would be nice if I could specify that I received a B.A. in 2001 from Wellesley, received an M.S. in 2004 from Berkeley and am currently attending Berkeley with the goal of an M.I.M.S., and took classes as a non-degree-seeking student at U/Mass, Brandeis, and MIT.
- Allows users to specify information about themselves more precisely
- Allows users searching for other users by school to more precisely refine their search results
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- Might be confusing for users who don't understand the difference between being a degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking student
- Might be confusing to apply this idea to high schools (which generally don't allow non-degree-seeking student)
- Might be difficult to come up with a list of all possible degrees (though it's easy to list the most common ones)
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
- The database schema that represents school information would need to be changed.
- The code for displaying data in the userinfo would also need to be changed.
- Finally, the UI for managing school info would need to be changed to provide a way for users to enter this data.
Edit: A lot of people are saying "why not just put this info in your bio?" My philosophy is that if it's possible to encode information in a standard way, you should. The bio is for data that can't be captured by any fixed schema. If a lot of people are going to include their graduation year in their userinfo, there should be a standard field for it so that it can be searched on and so that everyone knows where to look for it.