In the coming days we’ll be introducing a small change in GOG chat privacy settings - the default setting for chat conversations will be changed to "friends only”
. The change will affect all new users, as well as those who have the chat conversation set to "anyone”. Users who have already switched the setting to "nobody” will keep their choice.
We decided to make this change to improve GOG users experience within the community. We receive more and more reports about unwanted messages, be it spam or scam, as well as some hostile messages from some users. We’re looking into those reports, and take strict actions towards those accounts, but changing the default chat privacy setting should fix the situation for users who would experience the issue before we can react.
The default privacy setting for new accounts will be changed today (Friday, July 7th). On Monday, July 10th, we will start rolling out the change for existing user accounts. This process can last for a couple of days, we will inform you once it's complete.
If you’d like to switch the setting back to "anyone”, after the change will take place, you'll need to go to your account privacy settings (https://www.gog.com/account/settings/privacy
) and change the "Allow conversations with” option.
Oh boy. I totally do understamd the default setting to friends only but it puzzles me completely why you are changing the "anyone" setting to "friends only" because those who set theitr settings this way probably don't have a problem to be contacted by everyone. But maybe again GOG is thinking GOG users are just too stupid to set their settings accordingly. They do think users are unable to tick a checkbox to install Galaxy so this might just be the case. Anyway setting my chat the way it was before and how I set it myself. I am not happy that GOG is changing my own privacy settings though. It was by coincidence I stumbled over this thread (4 days later) otherwise I wouldn't have known that the setting has changed at all. Sometiomes I wonder what you guys are thinking? Yuu have problems with spammers and scammers - we all knew that FOR A VERY LONG TIME! Now GOG finally wants to do something about it ... how about simply sending a mail to all users, stating the problem and letting THEM decide if they WANT to change their settings? Why do you guys always think of the worse possible solution first? Everyday a new GOG surprise...
It's not my area of responsibility. I can only ask you what would you propose as a mean of communicating it?
Mark the thread as a NEWS or a sticky
Send a PM about it to everyone
Send an email to everyone
Make a news post about it on the main page in the Headlines section
Don't act like any of this is hard to come up with
Seriously, y'all? This is the best solution you can think of? Every time I see GOG make the stupidest possible decision to fix a problem, I tell myself "This is it, it can't get any worse. Nobody could come up with an idea lower than this one." Yet here we are.
Just read your post ... funny how we nearly thought the same.
btw: I usually don' care much about any "friend" settings but now I will HAVE to add all those admins to my friend list (in the hope that they'll still talk to me) just to continue on with the conversation. If you want to chat, add a friend ... again something I don't like about Steam has now arrived on GOG.