[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 DeFries):

 Replying to [comment:36 jdembowski]:

 First off, I am fully aware of the spam accounts as a admin/moderator of
 the Dutch WP forum for a good 11 years now. I hear ya, I know where you're
 coming from.

 Jan, even though @jonoaldersonwp does not address the problem you
 describe, it does describe the how to solve the bigger problem. Your
 suggested approach sort of nukes the profile pages and even though you
 don't see the value of those pages being indexed, those of us who vet
 people based on their activity for volunteers for WordCamps and Meetups,
 for instance, do.

 This is just one of those examples that wouldn't work anymore if nothing
 was indexed. And having these profile pages indexed doesn't negate your
 statement about them not being social media profiles. You are correct
 about them not being that.

 The bigger issue here is spam. It's the spam, and the possibility for spam
 to even be let onto our systems that should be targeted and not change the
 behaviour of those profile pages to a negative UX experience for those
 that don't mean harm. I believe Jono to be 100% accurate on that.

 So, even though you're saying the scope is being changed, it's actually
 not. The scope is the same: getting rid of spam accounts. The ways of
 going about it, that's where you differ in opinion. And frankly, I think
 you're approaching this with a sledgehammer mentality where a hammer in
 well aimed directions would suffice.

 I strongly suggest we take a step back and see how we can find solutions
 to the core of the problem instead of creating new issues for other

 Sidenote, I wish we have the bozo functionality back like we used on the
 old bbPress forums 😕

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