Last month I pointed out that people can hide their profile. My assumption is people were worried about sharing information that the new platform surfaces, such as the amount of time they have spent reading the site. But hiding your profile also hides past posting history, which has always been available publicly and is useful for other people to see.
At the moment, 108 people have hidden their profile information. Most of those people joined before the new platform was introduced. So I’m curious why people have used that option. To try answering that question, I’m going to start a poll. Feel free to participate whether or not you’ve decided to hide your profile:
- Joined date
- Last Post
- Seen (when the user most recently visited the site)
- Views (how often someone has looked at their profile)
- days visited
- read time
- topics viewed
- posts read
- topics created
- posts created
- All of this data should be public.
For reference, this is what my profile looks like to other people:
My goal with this poll is to get an idea of what makes people uncomfortable with other people seeing. It doesn’t mean we’ll be changing anything at this point.