We’ve gotten a lot of requests to let people hide the list of posts on your boards profile (like the ones here on Mrs. Bee’s profile):
It’s a tricky feature… if we let people hide their list of posts from everyone, then that could make finding old threads harder. A friend pointed out that sometimes they’ll look for an old thread – and although they can’t find it through search, they’ll remember who started the thread and can find it in their profile.
But on the other hand, we do want to offer additional privacy features. It’s a sinking feeling when someone finds your profile, and you have no recourse as they spend an afternoon reading through all of your old posts.
So to split the difference and since this is a privacy feature, we thought we’d add an option to Protect the list of Posts in your Profile as part of Gold:
Then if someone visits the list of posts on your profile and doesn’t have access, they’ll see this message instead:
A few notes:
* By default, your list of posts will still show to Everyone.
* If you choose to protect your list of posts (I changed mine so that only logged in members can see it), you can change it back at any time.
* You’ll still be able to view threads you’ve Favorited; Favoriting is a good way to keep track of threads you’re interested in.
* This privacy option only impacts the list of posts on your profile page… it doesn’t impact your posts or threads themselves. In other words, you can’t use this to actually hide old threads – only to make it a bit harder for people to find your old threads on your profile.
If you’re a gold bee and want to protect the list of posts on your profile, give it a try here (or upgrade from here):
Thanks to everyone who has supported us by going gold in the past few weeks! The site traffic has really boomed and as a result, we’re going to be using the Gold proceeds to plan out a server upgrade over the coming months. That way the site can be faster for everyone… many thanks!