I'd like the 'Recent comments' to be less prominent. And as some others have said, a way to have some featured articles of your own. It could be cool to have somewhere that shows articles that you have liked and maybe display the badges in the header section, or in a different way.
This is a really good point. Sometimes I do like seeing things people comment on, but I think maybe only including top level comments, or the first comment someone makes on an article, in the "recent comments" might help with this a bit?
+1 for the option of reducing prominence of comments, especially if you are trying to promote your blog or projects on your profile
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