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.
We’re thinking more about this now that our API is nearing.
In the meantime, note that you can block any member from following you or posting comments on your content (look for the Flag icon on the member’s page).
Is there a way to create a personal notes system about a film without having it be in a list? Maybe create a toggling system of public/private reviews, or even better, have an entirely new section called "Private notes", or just "Notes" on a movie.
The current film interface on Letterboxd is:
- Watch; Like; Watchlist
- Review or log
- Add to a list
So create a button called "Add personal notes" between them.
@Jagr You could keep a private list, adding each review as a "Note" on the film.
Please make the option of private reviews possible. This is the only thing that prevents me from writing in Letterboxd about the movies I see. I usually write fast and without paying much attention to details, just to have a record for myself later. I don't like that everything I write has to be seen by everyone.
Hmm...my wife and I decided to keep a diary of the movies we watch, starting the first of the new year. I was just going to put a spreadsheet together but someone suggested this site as a way of doing so.
Since there's no way of keeping the diary private, I guess I'll be putting a spreadsheet together.
a paranoid commented
letterboxd is a great tool but i have no desire to use its social media features
Please make private account possible, you've been thinking about it for more than 2 years now, can you make it happen soon, please?
Planned since 3 years.. This should be top priority!
Please make my diary a personal one. I don't wanna watch other to see what I have done yesterday or what I am doing today. I want to remember when and where I watched my movies that's why I'm maintaining my diary. Please keep it as my private diary until my death.
We all have those films that we want to add/review publicly because we're afraid our followers(family, classmates, colleagues) would judge us. Let them be LGBT, childish cartoons, or the ones our friends gave only 1 star.
Add the "hide from" or "customize viewer" or "make it private" feature, please.
When logging movies(goes into Diary), give option for the users to set privacy. Users may want some movies in their diary not to be seen in pubic but for their own record.
You can have three (or more) levels of privacy:
An option that allows users to choose whether they wish to share their review outside (on the film's page) of their profile. Ah, privacy settings for reviews. Me only, shared with followers, shared with Letterboxd community, shared with public.
Ben Buckingham commented
I disagree that it is a fairly niche usage. I am in this same position, & I know of a large number of people who either do not rate or have not even signed up because this is an issue for them. A festival can employ hundreds of people to be panelists, and they are amongst the most passionate and socially connected of film viewers.
I love this site, & I am trying to hit 500 films this year, but at the moment I have a bout 50 I cannot log.
The option to have private reviews, in keeping with private lists, is the only thing I sorely want from Letterboxd that the site doesn't already offer. Without question this is the change that I most want to see in future - and I think many users feel the same! I'd happily pay money (i.e. Pro or Patron) to get the option of marking certain reviews as Private. In either case, thanks for all your hard work on this splendid site!
Jeremy Ellison commented
I'd like the option to enable my profile and/or reviews to only be accessible to users who have a Letterboxd accounts
I'd like this feature as well. Originally, I have been thinking they were private until someone recently complained about one of my reviews. The complaint was valid since my "review" was just gibberish for personal reference. I'd rather not pollute the real reviews for a movie with my gibberish. A private notes section would be great.
Johnny Huynh commented
Adding my vote! This service seems almost perfect otherwise.
Adding my voice to this suggested feature. I echo everyone else's comments. Without the ability to control privacy levels for at least some parts (diary notes, reviews) of my profile, unfortunately Letterboxd's utility is severely limited for me.
I would suggest the following levels of privacy for each entry:
- Private (my eyes only)
- Friends only
I'll keep checking back in the future for this feature. In the meantime I'll just use it as a service to track which films I have and haven't watched.
Easy way to achieve this might be to add a third checkbox for for diary entry:
1) Contains spoilers
2) Publish on Facebook
Or you could rearrange slightly and have:
Checkbox: contains spoilers
Dropdown title 'Visibility': Private (default), Public, Public on Facebook
I've just started using Letterboxd and I'm surprised to find I can't leave private notes. I wrote some notes in my dairy and now it's appeared as a public review! I thought that the diary would be private as the name would suggest. Sadly now I'll have to just delete that as it was never intended to be public facing.
I echo everyone else's comments.
I thought that would be the perfect website to import my offline film list and reviews, but not being able to have a private profile and reviews is a no go for me. I hope that changes but as I see that thing has been dragged for years now with no visible resolution.