I've been modifying a long abandoned plugin project that provides a Stackoverflow inspired badge system for Wordpress. I have upgraded some of its code so it functions with the new Wordpress version.

You can view the entire code here if you are interested: http://pastebin.com/kCWWLPL2

I want to add a code to the author.php page to list the author's awarded badges. So far, I have only managed to display the logged in user's badges with this working code:

$user_id = get_current_user_id();
if ($user_id != 0) {
  rhb_list_badges(array('user_ID' => $user_id));

I was told to use this code to display the author's badges:

$author = get_user_by( 'slug', get_query_var( 'author_name' ) ); 
if ($author->ID > 0) {
  rhb_list_badges(array('user_ID' => $author->ID));

But it does not return anything on the page. Why? What am I doing wrong here? How can I alter the working get_current_user_id code example so that it will display the author's badges and not the logged in user's one?

1 Answer 1


Instead of using get_current_user_id() use

$current_view = get_queried_object();

The $current_view will have the same properties as get_current_user() if it is used in author.php. To get the User ID, just use

$current_view_id = $current_view->ID

Hope this help

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