User Profiles and Hotlists

The account menu

The user account menu is located at the far upper-right of each Monorail page. When you are signed out, it offers a link to sign in. When you are signed in, it offers a menu with choices to switch users, access your user pages, or sign out. User pages include the user profile, updates, settings, saved queries, and hotlists.

The user profile page

Each Monorail user has a profile page that can be accessed at URL /u/EMAIL or via their user ID number. You can access your own profile page through the account menu. You can click to access the profile page of any user who you see mentioned on an issue detail page as the issue reporter, owner, CC'd user, or a comment author.

The user profile page lists projects where that user has a membership. The profile page shows how long it has been since the user used that account to visit the site. Please note that some users have multiple accounts, so they may have visited more recently using a different account. Also, if the user has set a vacation message, that message is shown here.

Any project owner may ban a user from the site by clicking a button on the user profile page. This is one way that we fight spam and abuse.

Linked accounts

Googlers who have an account may wish to link it to their account. These two types of accounts can be linked with one becoming the parent account and the other becoming the child account.

When accounts are linked:

  • Using the child account will display a reminder notice to switch to the parent account.

  • When signed in to the parent account, the user also has all permissions of the child account.

  • If both accounts would be listed in an autocomplete menu, only the parent account is listed.

  • If both accounts would be notified of an issue change, only the parent account is notified.

  • Searching using the me keyword will match issues that reference either account.

To link accounts:

  1. Sign in to the account that you want to become the child account (the one that you don't intend to use any longer).
  2. Visit the profile page for the child account.
  3. Invite the other account to be the parent account.
  4. Use the account menu to switch users to the parent account (the one that you intend to use from now on).
  5. Use the account menu to go to the profile page for the parent account. This is not the profile that you are already on.
  6. Accept the invitation to link the child account.

To unlink accounts: sign in as either account, use the account menu to navigate to your profile page, and click the Unlink button.

The user settings page

The settings page allows users to set user preferences for their account. You can navigate to the settings page by signing in and selecting Settings from the account menu.

On that page you can set preferences that affect:

  • Privacy: How your email address is displayed to non-members.

  • Notifications: What triggers notifications to you and how they are formatted.

  • Community interactions: Opt into settings that help avoid accidental oversharing.

  • Availability: You can let other users know that you are away.

Site administrators can also view and change the settings for any other user on that user's profile page.

The user activity page

The user updates page lists recent activity by that user. This page can be reached by clicking Updates in the account menu for your own updates, or via the Updates tab on any user's profile page.

The list of updates includes new issue reports and comments posted on existing issues. Each row show how long ago the activity happened, which issue was affected, and the content of the change. You can click to expand each row to show more details.

The list of issue changes only includes rows for issues that the signed in user is currently allowed to view.

The user hotlists page

The user hotlists page lists hotlists that a user owns or can edit. This page can be reached by clicking Hotlists in the account menu for your own hotlists, or via the Hotlists tab at the top of any users profile page.

Clicking on a row in the hotlists table navigates to the list of issues in that hotlist. When viewing a hotlist, the hotlist owner and editors may rerank issues in the hotlist, and they may add or remove issues. Reranking issues in a hotlist is only possible when the issues are sorted by rank. Reranking is done by dragging a gripper icon up or down the list.

In the list of hotlists, only hotlists that the signed in user is allowed to view are shown. And, within a specific hotlist, only issues that the signed in user is allowed to view are shown.

Groups can be hotlist Owners/Editors by manually allowlisting them in group import. You can submit your request here.

How to create a hotlist

  1. Sign in and select Hotlists from the account menu.
  2. Click the Create hotlist button.
  3. Choose a name and provide a description for the hotlist.
  4. You may list other users who should be able to edit the hotlist.
  5. Hotlists are only visible to hotlist members by default, but you can make your hotlist public.
  6. Submit the form.

It is also possible to create a hotlist directly from an issue list, an issue detail page, or an existing hotlist page. See below for details.

Who can view a hotlist?

A public hotlist can be viewed by anyone on the Internet, even anonymous users.

A members-only hotlist can only be viewed by the hotlist owner and members listed on the hotlist people page. You can add or remove people from your hotlist by clicking the People tab at the very top of any hotlist page.

Hotlists do not affect issue permissions. The individual issues within a hotlist are subject to the normal permission checking for issues. If a user cannot view an issue, they will not see it listed in the hotlist, even if they can view or edit the hotlist itself.

How to add or remove issues to a hotlist

There are several ways to do it.

Starting from an issue detail page, you can add the issue to one or more hotlists, or remove it:

  1. Sign in and view an issue detail page.
  2. Click Update your hotlists in the issue data column.
  3. In the dialog box, check or uncheck the names of hotlists to add or remove.
  4. Alternatively, you can create a new hotlist directly from that dialog box.

Project members can add multiple issues to hotlists by starting from the issue list page or an existing source hotlist:

  1. Sign in as a project member and view an issue list page or existing hotlist.
  2. Select one or more issues by clicking checkboxes or using the x keystroke.
  3. Click Add to hotlist... in the action options above the issue list.
  4. In the dialog box, check the names of hotlists to add the issues to.
  5. Alternatively, you can create a new hotlist directly from that dialog box.

Starting from the list of issues in the target hotlist:

  1. Sign in as the hotlist owner or a member who can edit the hotlist.
  2. Click Add issues... from the actions above the issue list.
  3. Type in a comma-separated list of project names and issue IDs. For example chromium:1234.

How to rerank issues in a hotlist

  1. Sign in as the hotlist owner or a member who can edit the hotlist.
  2. Visit the hotlist issue list page.
  3. Don't sort the issues by any column heading other than Rank.
  4. As you hover the mouse over each issue row, a gripper icon will appear in the far left column.
  5. Drag the gripper icon up or down the list to place the selected issue in the new position.

How to delete a hotlist

  1. Sign in as the hotlist owner.
  2. Visit the hotlist issue list page.
  3. Click the Settings tab at the very top of the page.
  4. Click Delete hotlist and confirm the deletion.

How can I completely delete my account?

You can delete your Google account at If you do that, a few days later, Monorail will be notified of the account deletion. At that time, issues and comments posted by that account will be changed to indicate that the author is a deleted user. The issues and comments themselves are your contribution to the project and they remain a part of the project.

If you wish to completely delete your Monorail account without deleting your Google account, please file an issue.