[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #4696: Hide profiles.wordpress.org from non-logged in users

Making WordPress.org noreply at wordpress.org
Tue Aug 20 15:17:45 UTC 2019

#4696: Hide profiles.wordpress.org from non-logged in users
 Reporter:  jdembowski  |      Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect      |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal      |  Milestone:
Component:  Profiles    |   Keywords:
 When a user is not logged into WordPress.ORG, I want the profile page on
 profiles.wordpress.org to only display the user's display name, maybe
 their Contribution History and nothing else. No bio, no links, nada.

 This ask is similar to how https://wordpress.org/support/users/[userid]/
 is handled. If you are not logged into WordPress.ORG then the forum
 profile does not show a description, any links or anything that a spammer
 can leverage for SERP. That's good as a volunteer community forum should
 not be about promotion.

 For example https://wordpress.org/support/users/jdembowski/ only displays
 useful information if you are logged already.

 This is not true for profiles.wordpress.org such as my profile page.


 This makes profiles page is an attractive space for spammers and a good
 reason for spammers to sign up for a forum account. Use your favorite
 search engine and do a quick look for site:profiles.wordpress.org
 "packers" and you will see some examples.

 Unless one of those accounts post on the forums, trac or a WordPress.ORG
 site then the accounts are not banned and the profiles page remains in
 SERP. Until they post and until someone notices that, the page remains.
 Once they are banned then the page becomes hidden. I want that to be the
 default view for users that are not logged in.

 I understand that people who contribute to WordPress want that search
 engine magicâ„¢. But I think there are many more spammy pages on
 profiles.wordpress.org from temp email providers just to get that page.
 Those bad actors will never post in the forums, on trac or one of the make
 blogs. They do not need to as they already have what they want.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4696>
Making WordPress.org <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/>
Making WordPress.org

More information about the wp-meta mailing list