As some of you may have already noticed, there has been a major update to the Otherkin Directory. In all honesty, the old plugin we had been using to power the directory finally crapped itself beyond my ability to repair. So I set out in search of a new plugin we could use, and found the very impressive Ultimate Member plugin for WordPress. I’m still learning everything that it can do, but I think the new directory looks amazing and will serve us well. The profiles it provides already give users more information than the old one, even some rudimentary integration with the forum to display a user’s recent forum posts. It even provides privacy settings to opt out of being included in the directory and to hide one’s profile entirely.
The catch, of course, is that everyone who wishes to be included in the directory needs to go edit their profile and upload a cover photo. If your account doesn’t have a cover photo (not just an avatar) you won’t appear in the directory even if you previously did. I set it up this way so that no one, new or old, would accidentally be included in the directory against their wishes — it requires explicit action on your part to opt-in.