JayKitty76 wrote: ↑
Yesterday, 2:47 pm
ej400 wrote: ↑
Yesterday, 12:17 pm
I have actually always used it like it's a tool. For example, if I send someone a PM about something, and I notice they are online, I will see if I should stay online just a bit longer in case they are going to message me back. I'm the kind of person who wants to read everything as soon as possible, and must reply to things as soon as possible, so it helps me know if I should stay on just a bit longer to reply to a message. This way I know if they might be replying to what I said.
I'm not a stalker...
Because what ej400 said is actually what I use it for, I just couldn't phrase it right.
Like ej400 and JayKitty76, I use Who Is Online
as a tool to assist me in my Solo, Collaborative, and PL/DPL tasks, as well as general assistance in helping answer other LVer's questions more rapidly. I can't see how anyone could use the (limited) information in the list for nefarious purposes for 2 reasons:
1. If one is not logged in (Registered Users or anyone else), they can't access the Who Is Online
link (at least in testing I've done).
2. If one is logged in, there is nothing in the list (IMO) that is sensitive or personal information; it's just a list of UserIDs and the forum the ID is accessing or certain other activities. LV does not have any X-rated or other anti-social forums or any that would cause embarrassment from the knowledge that a certain ID accessed a particular forum.
It's good that LV has the option to hide on-line status for those who may be paranoid in today's world. But I find it creepier when registered users are on a volunteer work site like LV, and hide their status from other workers while perusing or working on the site. There may be certain other legitimate reasons for hiding status or other (personal?) information, but don't understand how the on-line status list would be the driving reason to do so.