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===Problem===
    A user needs to get a more information about another participant
     in an online community without interrupting his or her current task. The
     needed information might include identity information (to aid in
     recognition and to help the user relate to the participant) or
     reputation information (to help the user make decisions regarding
     trust).



       Image:4-18-yahoo-xian-contactcard.png
Contact card as used on Yahoo!
    Image:4-19-friendfeed-subscribedContactCard.png
Contact card as used on Friendfeed ===Use When===
    Use an identity card wherever a user's display image or display
     name is shown.
    Use when additional information about the participants is desired
     (in context) without adding clutter to the screen.
   
     ===Solution===
    Open a small panel when the user hovers over a target's display
     name or image.
    Present a larger version of the user's display image, the user's
     full display name, and other pertinent information about the target that
     they choose to share with the community (Real Name, Age, Gender,
     Location).
     Image:4-20-flickr-contactindication.png
flickr indicates relationship status in the overlay activated by clicking the arrow next to the user’s avatar.
    Present a Relationship Reflector. Yahoo! indicates if a user is in
     your connections. Flickr shares whether the person is a contact or a
     friend. Friendfeed indicates whether or not you subscribe to that
     person’s status feeds.
    Allow the ability to subscribe to, follow, connect to, unsubscribe
     or block the user from this panel.
    Optionally extend the above with contextual identity information
     such as reputation information or links to new participation in the
     current context.
   
     ===Rationale===
    Identity cards or badges allow the user to interact with another
     participant in an online community in a predictable way in
     context.
    They provide the means to reduce identity-related clutter on the
     screen.
    When ID Cards are used, Presence indicators, Reputation Emblems,
     and Relationship Reflectors can be tucked away but easily accessible.
     Truncated nicknames can be expanded. Block links can be made less
     salient. Small or tiny (often illegible) display images can be shown at
     a more recognizable size to better humanize an online community and
     increase positive participation.
    
     ===Related Patterns===
   Profile
   Reflectors
   Attribution
   
   
     ===Credits/Sources/Attribution===
    Based on the work of Matt Leacock, Sara Berg and Yahoo! Social
     Platform team
    
     ===As Seen On===
   * Yahoo!Profiles
   * Friendfeed
   * Flickr.com