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

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#4696: Hide profiles.wordpress.org from non-logged in users
 Reporter:  jdembowski  |       Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect      |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal      |   Milestone:
Component:  Profiles    |  Resolution:
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Comment (by jonoaldersonwp):

 The proposal as it stands, as I've stated, is harmful to the site's SEO,
 and is a usability anti-pattern.

 Either we alter the approach to resolve this, or, we should focus on
 solving the underlying spam problem.

 Regardless, we should consider:
 - Adding honeypot fields to the registration field, and using Google's
 invisible recaptcha to catch bots attempting to fill out the form.
 - Reduce the appeal of manual/human spam, by neutering the SEO/business
 value of profiles themselves by ensuring that all non-WP links are
 - Using Akismet on profile content creation/updates to catch generic spam

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4696#comment:22>
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