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Should Users See Where You Are in the forum?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by ethics, Dec 3, 2002.


Block Access to See Who Is Doing What On the Forum?

  1. Yes please, my privacy is my own.

    0 vote(s)
  2. Let users only see what I am doing

    1 vote(s)
  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Basically two questions. Do we want to see what a user is doing online? Or Should we just see who is logged in?

    The difference is in the following uploaded screenshots.

    First shot is what we are voting on here. When I click on Current Users Online link on the Forum's Home Page, I can see the following info (see screenshot).

    We are NOT voting whether we can see who is logged in to the forum (second screenshot).
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    We are NOT voting on the following:

    We are NOT voting on the following function:
  3. midranger4

    midranger4 Banned

    *sign* for active users only
  4. midranger4

    midranger4 Banned

    Now I am successfully confused.

    Clarification please Ethics
  5. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    For the record, guests, unregistered, those users who have not been verified via email, banned users, or COPPA users, CAN NOT use who is online feature.

    Currently, the only people who can use it are registered, gin joint users, mods, admins.

    Wanted to clear that one up and I apologize for yet another poll.

    I know Cariad is a big fan of them... ;)
  6. LissaKay

    LissaKay Oh ... Really???

    It's still not terribly clear, darlin'. The two choices seem to be the same:

    Block Access to See Who Is Doing What On the Forum?

    -> Yes please (block access), my privacy is my own.

    -> Let Registered users only see what I am doing (and block access to unregistered users)

    Unless I am in a special state of stupid tonight, I can't tell the difference between the two choices.

    Never-friggin-mind ... I got it. Block access to ALL, or only to UNregistered users.

    I think I blew out my last good brain cell with my last post.
  7. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Sorry, it was a little vague.

    But you got it. :)
  8. Paladin

    Paladin Have Gun -- Will Travel

    I can see where this might be useful for admin/moderators *IF* it overrides the invisible mode option in the user control panel.

    If invisible mode blocks this to the riff-raff users then I see no objection to it. (but I voted for privacy since this was not specified.)
  9. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    It does. Mods/Admins can see even the invisible users.
  10. Coot

    Coot Passed Away January 7, 2010

    Hmmmm....I can't for the life of me see why users should know who is browsing which forum?
  11. Flagger

    Flagger Well-Known Member

    I think it should also be removed from the forums themselves. Clicking in here, I can see I am browsing this forum along with any others. Don't think that is really necessary.
  12. MJF

    MJF Amphibious Member

    Thank you, I too hadn't a clue until I read your post.
  13. jfcjrus

    jfcjrus Veteran Member

    Actually, I didn't realize this capability existed until you pointed it out.

    My first thought was; hummmm, sort of seems like an invasion of my privacy. Other members can easily see what I'm even 'viewing'? Unconcerting, at first.

    My second thought was; Hey, this might be handy. If I noticed a particular poster online, and he was currently reading/posting a thread that interests me, perhaps we can have a real time discussion. So, I think I like this feature.

    But, I can easily see how that might be abused.

    So, I guess I now understand the purpose of the poll.
    Tough call.

    Has it been abused?
    Have folks been 'stalked'?
    Are folks concerned about being 'stalked'?

    Just trying to get clarity in the issue.

    EDIT - Nevermind. I hadn't seen the other thread when I posted this. Sorry.

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