So there is a very cool and nice feature coming to GOG - we will be introducing user profiles very, very soon. But I won’t be revealing any details of the feature, as we want you guys to experience it first-hand rather than reading some PR bla-bla. Before it all goes live and will be available for you, we need to deal with all the formalities - launching profiles means adding new privacy settings on our end. We want to give you a heads-up, and that’s why today we’ve introduced the three new privacy settings on your GOG account, all connected to the profiles.
As with all privacy settings, you will find the three new options on your account, under „Orders & Settings” in the Privacy tab
. These settings allow you to set visibility for your profile summary (including your recent activity and recently active friends), your games on the profile and your friends on the profile - you can set them to „everyone”, „friends only”, or „only me”. The default settings are - „everyone” for your profile, and „friends only” for both your games and your friends. If you want, you can change those settings already, before we launch with profiles, and of course you can change those settings anytime you want.
Hope you’ll enjoy this new feature when it comes to GOG, and expect an official announcement very soon!
I don't want maximum privacy. Privacy is not a right. That's just double-speak.
Privacy is the baseline. Privacy is the line drawn in the sand that a person dares to cross as an individual. Privacy is not an action, is not the effort.
GOG, those are not
privacy settings. Those are "Publicity Settings".
Publicity is an effort, and reputation is earned. Fame is lost without the effort of publicity. It is normal and familiar for publicity to be an effort. The "Publicity Settings" should start at the most minimum publicity level.
I expect minimum publicity because that is what I already have in real life. That lack of publicity is the same for everyone walking around. That is reality. I didn't hire GOG to be my public relations agent. I simply bought a game, and that should not make me a celebrity.
If GOG is going to assume the role of being my public relations agent and promote
a public image GOG designed from what little it has observed of me without even getting to know me in person, then I am likely going to disengage from being used as a profiled object.
If GOG is going to add "Publicity Settings" and at the most minimum publicity level, then I am likely to feel respected for letting me make my own decisions about whether GOG is a useful source for my public image.
As for profiles, those are usually made for criminals, serial killers, or online dating. Not necessarily exclusively. Profiles tend to be helpful to law enforcement, marketers, and stalkers. As for profiles being useful for multiplayer game playing, I might want to play a specific game with some people but not with others, so for me it likely would bring unwanted extra attention.
It also makes more sense to me that I reveal information about myself per individual, especially within the context of an understood conversation. Forums stretch that concept a bit, but the forum medium still works much better for discovery and filtering than a mere half-dozen checkboxes or superficial categories like "friends, nemeses, everyone". Consider:
either meet in a public place, or someone stands outside your window watching you and then taps on the glass to get your attention? Perhaps if I lived in zoo, the latter experience would feel normal.
Let's get real. They are "Publicity Settings", and they should require engagement rather than being turned on by default, like what is familiar in real life. Privacy should not be relegated as a feature to be discovered by accident after it has been lost.
Or so it seems to me. I'm not trying to sound like I'm declaring universal truths. It's just the sense I've made of the world around me, and what I appreciate and consider respectful. I'm not making demands. I'm just pointing out where I've drawn the line for myself in my life at this point in time.