Archive FAQ > Profile

What information does my profile contain?

By default, your profile lists your pseuds and the date you became a member of the Archive. Although no other information is required, you can choose to enter:

Title
This is whatever you want to name your profile. Examples could be your username or some kind of obscure quote.
Location
You can put the current location you are living, a fandom reference (for example: Hogwarts, USS Enterprise, and so on), or something else of your choice.
Date of Birth
Here, you can enter the exact date you were born. If you have selected "Show my date of birth to other people" in your Preferences, then it will appear on your profile. Refer to How can I change what personal information is listed on my profile? about making changes to your privacy settings.
About Me
You can enter a blurb about yourself for curious users who might like to know more about you or where else you can be found online. Your About Me can contain a maximum of 2000 characters including limited HTML formatting. Please refer to HTML on the Archive to identify all the available tags.

Note that your profile is subject to the same Terms of Service as the rest of the site; please be aware of what is and is not permitted on the Archive. Refer to the Terms of Service and ToS FAQ for more information.

How do I edit my profile?

To edit your profile:

  1. Log in and go to your Dashboard by selecting the greeting "Hi, [username]!" and choosing "My Dashboard" from the menu, or by selecting your profile image.
  2. Select "Profile" from the menu found at the side of the page or at the top in a mobile device.
  3. Select "Edit My Profile" at the bottom of the page.
  4. Change anything you like in the "Edit My Profile" form, and select the "Update" button to save your changes.

Please refer to What information does my profile contain? for more detail on the type of information you can include on your profile.

 

From the buttons at the top of the "Edit My Profile" form you can:

  • Edit your default pseud and icon
  • Change your username
  • Change your password
  • Change the email address associated with your Archive account

For information on pseuds, please refer to the Pseuds FAQ. For information on how to change your username, password, or email address, refer to the Account FAQ.

Who can access the information on my profile?

Anyone can access the information you choose to give in your profile, whether they have an account on the Archive or not. However, only your pseuds and the date you became a member of the Archive are included by default. You can decide how much information you want to include in it. Refer to What information does my profile contain? for more information on your options.

What is an icon?

An icon is a 100 by 100 pixel image that helps to represent you visually on the Archive. It is displayed on your Dashboard, Profile, and Pseuds pages, your blurb on the People Search results page, and next to any comments you leave. To assist users with screen readers or if for some reason the image does not load, consider having a brief description of your icon in the 'Alternative text' field.

How many icons can I have?

You can upload one icon for each pseud you have. Refer to How do I upload or change my icon? for instructions on how to do this.

What restrictions are there on icons?

There are a few restrictions you should bear in mind when uploading icons.

Dimensions:
Icons must be 100 by 100 pixels in size. You can upload larger or smaller images, but be aware they will be resized to 100 by 100.
Size:
Icon file sizes must be less than 512 kilobytes.
Format:
Images must be in jpeg, png, bmp, or gif format.
Content:
Our Terms of Service state that they 'should not contain depictions of genital nudity or explicit sexual activity'. Refer to the User Icons section of the Terms of Service and ToS FAQ.
Number:
You can upload one icon per pseud. Refer to the Pseuds FAQ for more information on pseuds and how to add or edit them.
Copyright:
Icons are subject to our copyright policy. Refer to the Copyright and Trademark section of our Terms of Service for more information.

How do I upload or change my icon?

To upload or change the icon of any pseud:

  1. Log in and go to your Dashboard by selecting the greeting "Hi, [username]!" and choosing "My Dashboard" from the menu, or by selecting your profile image.
  2. Select "Profile" from the menu found at the side of the page or at the top in a mobile device.
  3. Select "Manage My Pseuds" at the bottom of the page.
  4. Locate the pseud you would like to upload or change the icon for and select the "Edit" button. Refer to How do I add a new pseud? if you need help creating a pseud.
  5. Navigate to the "Upload a new icon:" field and select "Choose File".
  6. Locate the desired icon on your computer in the dialogue box and select it. Note the image must be on your computer; you cannot upload or link to an icon hosted elsewhere.
  7. Add a description in the "Icon alt text:" field, if you want to. The purpose of alt text is to provide a text alternative to the image, which explains its content if the image is not displayed or to users of screen readers. Icon alt text is limited to 250 characters.
  8. Add an attribution or any other comment in the "Icon comment text" field, up to a limit of 50 characters, if you want to.
  9. Select "Update" at the bottom of the form.

The new image should now appear in the box to the left of your username.

Refer to What restrictions are there on icons? for information on what you can and cannot upload.

How do I delete my icon?

To delete the icons for your pseuds:

  1. Log in and go to your Dashboard by selecting the greeting "Hi, [username]!" and choosing "My Dashboard" from the menu, or by selecting your profile image.
  2. Select "Profile" from the menu found at the side of the page or at the top in a mobile device.
  3. Select "Manage My Pseuds" at the bottom of the page.
  4. Locate the pseud whose icon you want to delete and select "Edit".
  5. Navigate to the "Icon" field and select the checkbox "Delete your icon and revert to our default".
  6. If you are certain, select "Update" at the bottom of the form.

The image will revert to our default icon: a grayscale version of the AO3 logo.

Where can I get more information if my question isn't answered here?

Some frequently asked questions about the Archive are answered in the broader Archive FAQ. Questions and answers about our Terms of Service can be found in the Terms of Service FAQ. You may also like to check out our Known Issues. If you need more help, please contact Support.