I'd like to ask the @forum_admins to disable the publicly visible "stats" on the user profile pages for privacy reasons. (Edit: if that's even possible in Discourse. I assumed it is.)
I'm talking about this (both the "Stats" section and the header line on top):
I highlighted the figures that bother me particularly:
- When the user was "last seen"
- How many people viewed the user profile (I assume that's what "Views" means)
- Total number of days visited
- Total read time
- Recent read time
- Number of topics viewed
- Number of posts read
None of this should be public information in my opinion. Ideally, the forum software shouldn't collect any of this data in the first place.
I could give more detailed reasons why I believe this, but I think the burden of justifying the data collection (and its publishing) should fall on those who want to defend it. Not collecting data should be the default.
What do others think? Can you come up with a reason how collecting and publishing this information improves the site for us?
By the way. I'm fine with collecting usage stats that tell the admins how the site is doing, but anonymized data (or deleting the personal info after a few days) should be sufficient for this purpose.
PS: I'm less concerned about the other figures (likes given and received, number of topics and posts created): writing a post is a conscious act by the user that is by definition public. The same is true for giving a like, though arguably less so. The number of likes received is sort of a badge of honor/fame for useful contributions, so it's kind of nice.
I would have no problem with those going away too, however.