Private accounts (and/or private Reviews, Diary Entries and Ratings)
I'd like the option if keeping my account private, like how Twitter handles private accounts.
it really would be amazing to add an option that allows reviews to be set to private, particularly for those of us who like to keep general annotations of a film or are just practicing/polishing our writing style
David Merkle commented
This is a great idea. I watch movies for work that are sometimes mid-production or months away from officially being released. While I would like to log them for my personal records, I legally cannot due to my company NDA (and even if I could, I cannot publicly rate films before they are released), so having a private diary feature would be amazing.
On a slightly different note, sometimes I want to just jot down a bit about the experience of seeing something rather than a traditional "review," and in general I don't feel like it's particularly enriching for other users to see my review of The Gold Rush that just says "1942 version"
seems like letterboxd listen too little to their suggestions, adding features no one asked for, but not this one which seems to be a priority to so many... (and for many reasons)
Nuno Fernandes commented
Agree. I would love to have the option to write private notes about the movies.
Private diary would be useful.
This. I would like to keep my profile as a journal for myself.
Agree! I watch advance films for work that I'd like to keep track of, but I don't feel safe doing it publicly. I've had other members contact me to ask how I got to see certain movies and I don't want to risk my job if a client were to see my log. It's also sensitive for them to see other advance movies I'm working on.
it would be AMAZING to have the opportunity to have a private account where you can allow people to follow it through a request or a specific shared link.
private reviews are also a great idea because people can express more freely without the possible anxiety of it being read and shared with others. an argument may be that a user could simply choose another platform, but letterboxd is a hub of information and connection to other film fans, and redesigning the current functions would benefit the dedicated and trusted circles of expressive and passionate film fans and help them create dialogue about art in their preferred circles. no doubt the majority of the site will not implement this feature, like instagram and twitter, but it is a nifty protective tool aswell as a function focused on making expression a safe space.
This is one of the things I think is really needed. I’m in the creative field and watch a lot of movies as research, but the things I want to keep track/ note of are unlikely to be of much use for other people in a public Review. There are also times when the things I have to say about a film are things I just want my friends to hear. So I think the addition of private accounts or reviews is an excellent idea!
i don't necessarily need a private account but PRIVATE REVIEWS OR NOTES would b the most helpful thing ever! even just a draft system.
if they do this, letterboxd will die
Yes. Private reviews = literally all I care about.
Or at least private notes. I like taking notes when I'm watching movies. These notes aren't always profound or complete or coherent.
Sometimes it's just "Bradley Cooper's hair looks like a digested big mac" and this isn't a thought that is helpful to anyone.
I would also pay for the ability to make my reviews/diary entries private.
I don't agree: letterboxd gives you the same kind of anonymity reddit does and it's more a common interests social site, it's not like facebook or instagram where you share private things you might not want everybody who is not you friend to see.
Most of the times when I see somebody with similar tastes to mine based on a review, a list or whatever I might want to check their profile to see what movies they like that I missed, that is kind of the purpose of the website in the first place.
With private profiles I would eventually end up on a lot of locked profiles that I should ask for permission to check, and I mean the usefulness of it is so immediate that I actually might check a profile once and take note of interesting movies in one check and going through the whole process of having to ask permission, wait for approval, and realizing there aren't many movies to add to the watchlist or that tastes aren't that similar after all (no hard feelings and nothing wrong with that, art is something very subjective) might become kind of a disappointing experience, I want to follow a user only if they consistently come up with interesting stuff, not profiles that I casually stumbled on.
Movie tastes are subjective anyways but I don't think there's any actual reason to hide them. Just be happy with your opinions and anyone else's and enjoy sharing them, if you don't agree with someone that's not bad at all, it just means that movies are still alive and welcome all kinds of opinions, that's why you shouldn't be annoyed of sharing your thoughts. If you feel like someone is stalking you with comments etc just block them.
Ps. I read an interesting point about people that are in the industry that might rate negatively somebody else's movies and they might take it the wrong way: why post something on your official page if you don't want people to officially know it? If you don't want people in the industry to know your opinions just create an anonymous profile that only people who are your actual friends or people you want to share this stuff with know it's you.
I mean let's say I have a page and you are my friend on the social but I don't want you to know my ratings, why are we friends on the social anyway? The website is mainly for ratings, reviews, lists etc, I don't care about adding someone even if I know them if I don't want them to see my opinions or I can't see theirs. I mean if you don't want to show me just don't tell me it's you or that you have a lb account and I will never know. Or if I discover it who cares, you didn't ask me to see it anyway. If you really don't want somebody to see just block them.
And again: the beauty of art is subjective don't hate on people because of their opinions and don't be afraid of being hated or scorned because of yours, there's something wrong with them in the first place if they do.
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please i need this so bad
I would pay for the ability to write private reviews!
Please can you give us an update? It would be great to know either way whether this feature will be brought in or not and what the timescale is likely to be.
I would like the option to choose whether my reviews are publicly visible or not. I would like to be able to make some notes and then come back later to do a proper review.
I would definitely use your site more if privacy features were brought in.
Please do this! I love the site, but all notes being public are a dealbreaker for me. Renders the site kinda useless for my use =(
please do this!! i want to be able to keep my reviews and account open but my tags private.
Please do this