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Should I include any information about Stack Exchange, or more generally, any Q&A, sites that I am an active contributor to on my resume? If so, how prominent should this information be and at what level of detail should I include?

I am particularly concerned about striking the correct balance between giving this point appropriate prominence, without appearing to give it higher priority than more important points, such as previous experience.

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Unless you know that the employer is active on StackOverflow or another StackExchange site, I would avoid making your reputation and activity very explicit.

You might list that you're active on StackExchange in an "Interests" section. If the employer is aware of the site and values it, they'll look you up or ask for your username.

I would say that a more appropriate place to mention your profile is an online medium like LinkedIn. Having a link there doesn't seem out of place and adds to your overall online appearance.

And as ChrisF mentioned on Programmers, make sure that if you do include your profile in any way that your profile represents you well. You should view your profile in this case as an extension of your résumé, so make it look just as professional.

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That information will follow you. That seemingly innocuous comment rant about your boss that you did over a year ago may come back to haunt you if you divulge your username. I for one proceeded to "cleanup" a few things from my SE account history that I wasn't particularly proud of :) –  maple_shaft Apr 11 '12 at 12:53
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Anything you can't delete you should flag for moderator attention; they can delete and/or disassociate you from posts. The disassociation is your right as part of the Creative Commons Wiki license we use for all user-generated content. –  Aarthi Apr 11 '12 at 13:14
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Ideally, you should never have posted a rant or a rave about somebody in the first place. Unless the person is a public figure (e.g. Donald Trump, Donald Trump's hair piece), people are off-limits. –  jdb1a1 Jul 11 '12 at 18:22

It depends (as the Q&A on Programmers.SE points out), but putting a notice in an "Interests" section cannot hurt, as root45 mentions.

I just want to add the fact that some professions consider time spent on StackExchange sites as "service to the profession" -- in particular, the Project Management Institute (PMI) allows claiming of PDUs (professional development units) for time spent asking and answering questions at Project Management.SE.

I don't know if "impress" is the right term to use, but when I evaluate resumes and I see that potential employees are participating in informal and volunteer communities of knowledge, and gaining reputation in those communities, I consider it a bonus. I think StackExchange itself assessed market value (and usefulness) by constructing Careers 2.0 the way that they did.

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+1 for "see that potential employees are participating in informal and volunteer communities of knowledge" - this is a very important quality in an employee, and I hope most people would consider it in a positive light, like you do. –  weronika Apr 13 '12 at 3:50

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