I am designing a portal that allows the user to add mutiple widgets/modules to their personalized dashboard. I've done extensive user research, but I am unsure if the widgets/modules should be pre-populated with data. The argument against this is the widgets/modules are highly customizable to the point where it is hard to predict what a particular user type needs in each widget/module.
In this instance, is it a good practice to keep these widgets/modules as 'empty' until the user actucally adds content to them? Or would it be better to start them off with some content even if it doesn't directly apply to their immediate needs?