[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 jdembowski):

 @DeFries I do think there is a bigger spam/registration problem but I want
 to address what can be addressed quickly for this problem. Selectively
 hiding portions is doable though as @johnjamesjacoby points out isn't a
 free lunch re caching, processing, etc.

 Enabling it so search engines cannot index the profiles hidden sections
 becomes effective the moment it is turned on. There's no way for a spammy
 profile to get around it. The other solutions I am not convinced would be

 How about this:

 1. Hide the profile portions save the display name and Slack ID as a
 default if you are not logged in. If you are logged in then enable
 everything and make it all viewable.
 2. If there is a condition for a profile being viewable then make that
 condition any one or more of the badges. The badges signify a level of
 participation and works automatically for some things. I don't want the
 activity to be the part that determines it as scripted profiles will just
 leave a comment on the forums and active their profile.

 Using badges as a qualifier is attractive because if you are a plugin,
 theme, or a member of a team on WordPress.ORG then your participation is
 more than anything that can be scripted. This will set a bar that I am
 comfortable with.

 A profile for "Oddball Shipping Company" or "Scam Coin Base" will
 ''never'' have badge and I would be satisfied with that solution. It would
 eliminate any free HTML hosting that spammers count on and have used for
 many years.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4696#comment:39>
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