Have been having many thoughts about privacy. People find it complicated. They are sceptical. After ten years of Facebook many don't want it, because it just complicates everything and they don't think they have a need or use for it. The biggest complaint about redmatrix and the misunderstandings and most of the support requests have been about mis-configured privacy settings. People flock to networks and projects that have none - because they don't have to think
. I can't emphasise that last point enough. Thinking about complex topics like privacy and what that means and how to configure it makes ones' head hurt and so they avoid it.
Anyway we've proposed various solutions - tons of documentation, various "instant profiles" that pre-populate a channel with a collection of settings that are mostly idiot-proof.
So... let's make it an optional
feature and leave it off
until somebody decides they need or want it.
Perhaps give them PMs by default, and maybe collections, maybe not. Hide the ACL selectors or change the icon so it only brings up the cross-platform share options. Let them have their fantasies of "it's a stupid simple social network
with some other cool features". Then let them go "holy !@#$" when they eventually discover that under the hood and under their nose is the most advanced and capable decentralised privacy platform that ever existed
All they have to do is flip the switch.
Also remember that hub admins can enable or disable features on a site level. So if you've got an organisation or company that really wants privacy - you can set it as a default for your hub. Let's just completely take away from the default out-of-the-box experience everything which might require a person to think
and therefore scares people away and intimidates them.
Thoughts? (I'm referring to those of you who still have the ability to create independent thought, which is thankfully most people reading this)