[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 johnjamesjacoby):

 Technically, BuddyPress does have rudimentary privacy & visibility
 settings in profile fields that could be enabled; with a little bit of
 planning, what @jdembowski is suggesting is possible to do.

 Hiding some parts of a profile exponentially increases the number of cache
 variants for each splice, introducing code complexity, contributor burden,
 and ongoing maintenance. For instance, we do this currently when you’re
 viewing your own profile, or have moderation abilities for badges. It’s
 not a huge deal, but it isn’t exactly a free lunch either.

 An observation: hiding profiles from unauthenticated guests would make
 them behave ''more'' like Facebook currently does today. It would act more
 as a walled garden to otherwise generally harmless information. As for the
 few users who attempt to exploit profiles to cause harm, there is a lot we
 can learn from them to help them achieve their goals in a less harmful

 I have always believed Profiles has a lot of untapped potential. There is
 so much the community should be doing to make them better. It would be a
 real shame to see them hidden away before they’ve been given any real

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