Although reputation is nice, on parenting sites, people typically have signatures which indicate how old their kids are. This is obviously relevant to their experiences, as to sex and number of sprogs. Any intentions of being able to enter that information (and have it auto-update ages) and display in some easy graphical form in the badges?
Using a profile field or signature is a very bad way to indicate children's ages for the purpose of making it easier to relevantly answer a question.
If I ask a question now about something my son (8 years old) is going through, then someone finds it in a search two years from now, it won't make sense because he/she will see sig(in my updated sig/profile) that my son is 10 years old.
One of our goals at StackExchange is to create an enduring reference. The practice of referring to a signature or user profile for supplemental info on a question would directly impair our ability to reach that goal.
The correct practice is to state the age of the child(ren) in question when they are mentioned, if it is relevant, so that each question and answer can stand on its own.
This is information that you can put into the
About Me section of your user profile (which you can get to by clicking on your name at the top of any page).
The user card is the same across the network. On Stack Overflow, the appropriate place for someone to mention they are on the C# team is in their
About Me section. If someone is a PhD in Math, that should go in the
About Me section on the Math-SE, not on each question.
It won't auto-update any years - it is just a free-form field.
I vote against this
I have teenage nephews and nieces which have shaped my parenting skills, but my own children are very young. Stating my young childrens' age next to each answer I give about teenagers would cast unnecessary doubts on my 'credentials' to give advice about older children. Similarly, if I put the age of the teenagers, the advice I give about babies may come under scrutiny and the 'how to get pregnant' article I just wrote would seem rather weird if I only have teenage girls.
Can we get a middle ground? I think a two fold solution would help, not only for parenting-SE, but for all the stacks in the network.
some kind of hint somewhere to put that data in the bio. Preferably on the bio edit page. I actually think this would be a useful thing for all sites to be able to put some verbiage in the profile edit page directing users on the kinds of things that would be useful. photo-SE for example could suggest putting a link to your galleries in the website box and a list of gear (very common in photo communities) in the about me box, gamedev-SE could ask for platform experience, etc.
A hover over on the signature box that brings up a more detailed bio of the user. Including their about me section. (or at least the first X characters of it.) Something bigger than their current signature block/flair image, but not the full on profile page... a summary of who they are on the site, maybe the last couple questions they've asked and the most popular answers they've given. And of course the link out to their full profile.