The reports of settings reverting to GOG defaults are not a good sign, make me worry about how smoothly these features will go live; GOG's track record isn't exactly reassuring.
[...] It's about the giant data brokers who'll get to extend their profiles with even more juicy bits of information all for the low cost of making a free account here, [...]
Alas, with the introduction of facebook login, the cost is even lower than making a free account here.
[...] I feel a bit frustrated at the prospect of getting nannied out of doing what I actually wanted to do because the privacy settings won't mean exactly what they say so we can choose for ourselves what we do and don't want.
I'm afraid that it's not nannying but GOG's (not well thought out, imo) approach to make their big GOG family
bigger - want to know what your friend's into on GOG? Sign up to find out!
But I should add that it's unclear if "everyone=logged in" applies only to one's profile or the rest of the settings as well. The wishlist for example, if set to "everyone", is publicly visible to literally everyone that clicks on the corresponding link.
[...] I think we can have the options be something like "Nobody", "Friends", "All GOG Users", and "Everyone". Depending on what GOG's URL system looks like, maybe it's even possible to have an "Unlisted" option, where your profile is normally locked to some subset of GOG users but you get a URL that isn't easily guessable that you could pass privately to non-GOG users if you want. And then the default option would always be "Nobody" for maximum leaving it up to the user to choose. [...]
If GOG does anything with the feedback given here besides listening
, your suggested options are a good and reasonable idea, this way everybody gets the level of visibility of their choice.
[...] I feel disappointed how this thread went from justified complaints that GOG wasn't offering strong enough defaults or enough granularity, and calling for GOG's head for offering the options at all or being patronizing towards anyone who wants the options. [...]
There's been patronising and condescending posts from both sides, some are more straightforward, some are of the more passive-aggressive variety; I'm disappointed at all of them, no matter what side they come from.
[...] because they made one mistake in doing so that they quickly addressed when it was brought up is just eliciting a weary "of course" reaction from me at this point.
I must have missed it - what mistake are you referring to, and where and how did they quickly address it?
[...] While it would be nice for GOG to fix some of the oodles of bugs they have here, as well as more useful features, chances are they're going to slip that pretty far down the list in priority in comparison to social aspects, [...] The social aspects will most definitely bring in far more customers and way more money (if done right). [...] While it would be way better for them to improve aspects of the store (like the same bloody aspects we've been asking for since, oh, y'know, YEARS), they're likely going to focus on this first and foremost because it's the most effective thing to focus on. [...]
Jolly! A lot more people to voice their dissatisfaction and frustration for not being able to sort the game catalogue by price, or for not being able to hide games they own when scrolling through the game catalogue, or for not being able to sort reviews or edit their own one, or that games are not always being updated in a timely fashion, or <insert any and all other issues that are of low priority to GOG>. What a big happy GOG family
we will all be.
And for anyone not getting it, this is not a comment against the upcoming social features, it's about GOG finally putting on the To Do List things essential to offering a good service to old and new users alike.
[...] There should have been a news article on the front page. [...]
The reason that there's no news article on the front page is because the official announcement is designed to be all hype, patting on the back and high-fives. This one was made as "fair warning" ahead of the official one, but basically, since GOG's well aware that a subset of the userbase would have concerns and/or objections about the implementation, it was made in the hope of two things:
(i) said concerns and/or objections remain confined in here so that said subset of their userbase don't rain on their parade when this goes live;
(ii) failing (i), there will be only some drizzle instead of rain in the official announcement/parade.
[...] I hope there will be at least an email to all current users once this thing goes live
That will be a little too late; GOG's emails are notorious for arriving late, and once this is live, one's personal data will have already been exposed. The email should be send out in advance.
I still think that the default should be private, and a pop-up message at first log in when this goes live, with the relevant blurb and a link to the Privacy Tab so that people can make their choice.
[...] Most of the thread is the same people posting multiple times complaining. As said before in this thread, most people said oh cool profiles and either set everything to private or went on with their day. [...]
Some of us are still waiting for some well needed clarification on a couple of things, as not everything is as simple as "set everything to private and go your way". Surely it can't be all that hard to see that, even for someone who doesn't care.
[...] How many gog accounts are?
That is the million dollars question. (I guess We are no more than 100K)
Today, only CD projekt know that, and that is BAD if we want more AAA games publishers joining GOG...
Feral interactive, owner of the publishing rights for Linux and Mac of several AAA games, stated that GOG is not a viable store..
Once We have public profiles like Steam, a website like Steamspy will appear and most of the data needed will appear with it..
Do you believe in the GOG's Popular
tab with the most sold games? I don't..
Don't follow - how will having all those public statistics make GOG a viable store in the eyes of pubs if they confirm that the number of GOG accounts are as low as you guess?