Feedback from a customer:
support an HTML field which allows the embedding of a subset of HTML code like <a> <strong> <a href> some formatting and also <embed> tags. <img>
This would enable you to put all sorts of content into the membership field and enable rich media to be available. This will also solve the issue of profile photos not being large enough since you can create a Photo album.
I daresay putting a field like this in will actually let you design a more custom profile page without having to modify the underlying template in some cases.
Alex Sirota commented
To ******'s point about templating language: that would be an amazingly complex feature. It would allow all sorts of interesting customizations on a per member basis. Really expand what can be done with a member profile. In general a member profile template can be changed with custom themes or CSS changes. We are doing that now on a site and it works great to overrride gadget CSS.
There could be a set of tags that are allowed to be submitted into a contact/membership field and they are rendered. An example use case:
1. Videos from Youtube for a profile
This functionality could make profile's SING and could really be a great way to expand the value of a member profile when you can show stuff other than just text and pictures.
But agreed -- your comment about being able to insert content from the rest of the database using data variables would be even more amazing.
Just thinking loud. To use HTML for the purpose you describe, you'll need some kind of template language. For example, you cannot simply use <a>, as you need a variable to embed actual link into href attribute.
Our template engine already provides this kind of customization and using various data variables. I would rather work on improving the engine and add ability to customize the HTML of member profile. Currently, there is no way for this.