> Clicking through, it appears you have tosyndicateyour own reading in order to see the activity of others. This doesn’t make sense to me because the two are unrelated.

Yet another internet warrior, probably American,whiningabout Quora (a free andsignificantlysuperior Yahoo Answers replacement) and their new ‘feature’ which lets you see how people interact with your questions and answers, and other people see how you do the same.

The US, and lots of paranoid bored people in general use the word “creepy” to describe any scenario in which they cannot remain completely anonymous on the internet whilst doing*absolutely anything they want. *Ironically most of these people have and heavily rely on Facebook, the ‘creepiest’ web service of them all, closely followed by Google which they probably also use heavily (Google, GMail, Calendar, YouTube, Maps et al) yet still feel the need to**demand **companies offer them best of breed internet services for free and with adequate ability to retain datasovereigntyand anonymity.

THIS ISRIDICULOUS. It has been said time and time again but i’ll say it again for those who are new to the concept.

If you aren’t paying for the service, you aren’t the customer.

That means you pretty much have no rights. Vote with your feet, ie find a different service that offers what it is you seek. Yes, it will probably be worse but at least your all important e-social circle won’t know you asked the internet how best to manscape!

Telling Facebook they need stronger privacy settings and Quora that they need granular view settings (ie let me see everyone else’s activity but don’t let them see mine, which is what this guy wants) is like telling McDonalds you want a $2 cheeseburger but it must be grass fed wagyu and the bun should be lightly toasted sourdough and you want it right now. Both what they advertise and what you seek are real offerings in the marketplace, but at different price points from different vendors and with different levels of popularity and availability. Having a voice (blog/social media) does not entitle you to have your cake and eat it too.

I love Quora but will be the first to admit that enabling this “view” functionality by default with very little information surrounding its launch was wrong, by which I mean they could have done everything the same but communicated it better and i’d be have no qualms. Even if I wasn’t – it’s their service, i’ve paid nothing to use it for over a year and learnt*so much. *They can do whatever they want and i’ll adapt my internet usage accordingly (in this case not at all).

The most publicly embraced hate for this move comes from the hypothetical that you view questions like “how do I come out to my parents” or “what does it feel like to have killed your spouse” and inadvertently in the process share said curiosity with your peers. We are entering an age of unparalleledtransparency. Come out to your parents. Don’t kill your spouse. Be open, and proud of who you are, even (actually especially) if it doesn’t fit cultural norms. Don’t blame the internet and its top tier services for trying to give you a push. Embrace change. It’s an exciting time to be alive.