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).
I'd really love it if there was an option to make our profiles private, and each user could set what kind of privacy option would he/she use.. for example, the account could be visible for everyone; or only for the ones the member follows.
Ooha Maruri commented
Yeah, i don't want anyone to know what i'm watching AND when. I just wanna keep track of the movies i watch for myself. I don't want anyone else to know. So i think privacy would make a huge difference here, to most users. :) Anyway, it's an awesome thing you're doing. I just hope you bring it up quickly.
I too am looking for somewhere to write reviews of films that I don't want public, so I don't get hung up on punctuation and making things clear for a stranger reading them, but just make a few notes to remind myself in years to come.
@Huh We’ll add opt-out for third-party sites soon, in the meantime please email us if you wish to opt out immediately.
People want privacy and your solution is to send our reviews to other sites. Brilliant. No more pro or patron for me. No more reviews either.
Agree that this would be a really useful feature. Blocking people isn't really a substitute when they can still easily view your profile and everything you do on the site.
Please, any movement on this idea? Sick of the idiots like Todd Gaines on this site.
Normunds Rustanovics commented
My native language is not English, so it is weird that my latvian "review" shows up under the movie. If all is public, you will eventually end up with a need for language filter somewhere
It would be nice to be able to control what I want (or do not want) people to see in my profile. The site is a great social network, but it could also be a great data base for personal use with this option.
First: privacy settings. Sometimes I want to write about a film but know what I write could be misunderstood by my friends/followers and might offend them. I wish very badly there was a privacy option for the film reviews.
Second: It would be great if in the review/diary section I could specify where I watched the given film. For instance, if I watched it at Cinemark in Plano, Texas, it would be awesome if I could keep track of that. Or if I watched it at home on my laptop it would be a fun opportunity for my friends to rag on me: "Come on! That movie needs to be watched on the big screen!"
I love your website! Keep up the good work.
i'm glad you guys are looking into this. it's really the only reason i'm not more active. I thought this would be more like facebook and less like the comments section on youtube. I wasn't in here a week before someone wrote 2-3 paragraphs on what a terrible, ignorant person I was because i liked a film. i'd rather be able to pick and choose who i share with. I'm on here with my family and I'd like to bring my kids in, but not when any jerk can berate and belittle someone else. No matter how 'sophisticated' the belittling is to avoid being reported. I'd even pay for it. Cool site by the way, i've had a lot of fun with my friends and family!
Patrick Devitt commented
Please don't do this.
yes, please. i make notes such as "watched this sometime between April and August 2014", which would be meaningless to other users.
I know part of the point of this website is social networking via movie-watching, which is A LOT of fun. But I think if there were privacy options where I could add a film to my "diary" or review a film just for myself to see would be a great addition. For instance, huge networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube are meant to be socially interactive, but they both offer great privacy options where you can post things only you can see. Sometimes I want to add films so that I can remember having seen them rather than showing my followers that I saw them. Lately I have not been reviewing movies here because I don't want to share it with my followers. A privacy option would keep me reviewing movies on Letterboxd!
Love this website! Thanks for doing what you do.
I'd also love to be able to add some private notes/remarks about movies, as I don't want to always write full (public) reviews.
As I add films to my diary, I would love to have a feature for private notes (instead of a public review). I know there's an option for private notes, but only if you additionally add the film to a list.
I think it would be handy for various reasons: to not forget ideas you had about a film without needing to write up a review right away, taking note of noteworthy scenes in a film for yourself so that you can remember it much later, etc.
Is there any way to privatize certain reviews? I realize I'm spoiling the film if others read my reviews. Thanks!
i'd also like to see this feature available. its absence is, by far, the most discouraging aspect of using the site.
This is a very good idea. I, too, would like to make my diary private. I think it is no-one's business when I watch and which movies I watch in x day. It really should have the opition to make it private.
To the OP, I'm new to the site but am having the same problem and was thinking...you could consider creating a private "master" list that tracks everything you see and use the notes to track both the day you saw it and any comments to want to add, then using the diary proper to only announce the films you want? (I know my suggestion is over a year late, on the off chance someone finds this page via google as I did)