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Ability to Set Private Goals

I would like to have a "private/public" option for goals.  When I set goals I don't necessarily want anyone else to be able to see them.  Having goals is part of my training which I prefer not to share. 

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  • Official comment

    I'm sorry everyone, this feature request is not planned and is not currently being considered. 

    We have the difficult task of prioritizing the work that can be done at Strava to build new features and functionality with our current engineering resources. Our focus at the moment is on social features. So the ability to set a private goal has not been chosen for development. 

    However, please do not lose hope or consider this discussion a waste of time. I report on trending topics in our community monthly, and if this topic continues to gain traction among our members then it is more likely to be considered at a future time. Thanks. 

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  • I agree with Charles completely.   There are quite a few very valid reasons why a member might not want their goal(s) to be displayed publicly.  This should be an obvious, no brainer, and I would guess it's a feature that Strava can add quite easily. 

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  • I totally agree.

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  • I agree. I like the feature to set segment goals but I don't like it that I cant make them private. I tend to use a basic excel file instead now.

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  • I would also like this feature.

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  • i cancelled my premium strava because of this... i now use training peaks which allows me to have a private goal and training plan
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  • Agreed, its feels like bragging posting these. No need for others to see this info at all. Seems a strange decision to me 

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  • Thanks everyone - keep leaving your votes and comments. This is great feedback that could make it into our product someday. 

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  • I am sure this view is shared by many others. Come on Strava, enable the feature so that we can keep our goals to ourselves - not "someday", but now. Thanks!

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  • It's been two years, can we please get this! Otherwise features are being wasted and you don't want to waste your customers money do you?

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  • Elle, you must be joking? Two years have passed since this request was originally posted. 

    https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/208836387-Ability-to-Set-Private-Goals?flash_digest=a854d4b403e722241eaf5d98c372a6a5e02f1e9b

    Setting a Training Goal for myself is PERSONAL and there is not reason why I would want to broadcast it to all my followers. This is an issue that needs to be addressed A.S.A.P (but with 2 yrs. gone) we can forget about that, can't we?

    Please MAKE THIS HAPPEN

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  • I'd also really like to see this!

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  • Has this happened yet?  I do not want everyone to see my goals.

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  • There should absolutely be an option to make goals private!  I don't want to share my goals so I keep them off Strava, but I've just bought the Garmin Edge 520 and am using live segments on solo rides.  For those unfamiliar, your current effort is compared against a 'target'.  That target is determined in this order: 

    1) Strava goal if you have one. 

    2) If no goal, the person of either gender that you are following who's ahead of you on the leaderboard.  If you're the KoM / QoM it uses that time.

    On the Garmin Edge 520, you can go into each segment that is on your unit and change the 'target' from either of these to your PR or the KoM / QoM, but you can't choose from anything else or enter a goal time!  So, if you want a goal time, you basically have to use Strava goals, but you can't make them private!

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  • Goals should have a private option. They are personal and sometimes even aggressive in the sense that you want to beat a friend. I have resorted to keeping paper notes because Strava does not allow this.

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  • This seems like an easy fix, right? All you need is a toggle for the user in the code for private/public. A half days work to keep your paying users happy.... 

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  • +1 from me.

    Due to the lack of personal privacy and desire for competitive advantage I cannot use any of Strava Premiums goal features.

    In this light I would encourage Strava to look more closely at the utilization of this feature among premium users.

    For example, I am following 63 people, 40 are premium users. While most use the weekly mileage goal, I have only ever seen 3 use training and segment goals in two years of Strava use.

    I understand that Strava may view the current compulsory follower notifications as a form of advertising for Premium, but please check your stats on this.

    Fortunately I got a 90 day Premium free trial with my Garmin 520 so at least this hasn't been a rude awakening.

    If this is remedied within 88 days I will me more than happy to keep my subscription and use the full features.

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  • I too need this option to make better use of my training plans and garmin 820 without showing the whole world where my ambitions are. Surely this should be a rather low hanging fruit for your talented developers?

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  • Yep Strava, its time to give us the option of making our goals private or public. I like to set goals but I really don't want to tell everyone I have these goals.  

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  • Yes, this option is definitively necessary.

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  • I agree 100% - please do something about this Strava.

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  • Agree with the other comments. How has this not happened yet? It's not like you'll be forced to make them private.. You'll have the choice, so don't see what the problem is.

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  • its been almost 3 years.. nobody at strava cares about this

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  • Plus one for this feature or a better way to default segments sent to garmin. Would prefer them to default to koms.

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  • Dear Strava Community Moderator,

    Having been a Premium Member for 2 years now, I think I have to agree with Juan (above) that after three years of asking for this feature, that NOBODY at Strava really cares about what its membership desires in the way of new features & improvements (even simple ones like this "private option" on our goals or the "reverse route option" on Course Creation. Apparently this only a forum for venting our frustrations and not a source for suggested improvements which will benefit the membership to be implemented in the near future. It's too bad, but it looks like we all need to look elsewhere for a social/network for our physical activities which actually listens to it's membership and responds. (I am open to suggestions)

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  • Unfortunately this seems just another example of Strava ignoring member's requests. The need for goals to be able to be made Private is such an obvious requirement that it's a shortfall on Strava's original implementation. To ignore requests to fix it is inexcusable.

    This seems a regular approach by Strava. I have been following the request for the upload of photos via lapton/desktop in addition to the current very limiting method. Again, Strava have stonewalled these requests and given no valid response to why they won't do it.

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  • Agreed, this is another point on which Strava does not respond. I've had a premium account since I discovered cycling and strava about a year ago. I'm reconsidering the premium membership already.

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  • I am one of the oldest in my riding group, and am trying to get back in shape. After I set a goal for a popular climb, I was a bit shocked to see my (lame by comparison) goal was broadcast to everyone. Thanks, Strava, that sucked! I am very impressed by my Wahoo Elemnt after using Garmin for years, super psyched about the live segments to hopefully compete against my own PRs, but after finding thisis a long standing problem/request, Strava is clearly not responsive like Wahoo is to their users. 

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  • Hi Strava Support - I'm curious to see if you guys are even bothering to read this.  I'm the original poster on this thread and it will soon be 3 years without any response from Strava despite the fact that a number of others apparently think it's a good idea as well.

    Do you need programming support?  This would be very simple to implement.  I know it's inconvenient to add a parameter to an API call and an additional flag in the database indicating the privacy setting but seriously - this is programming 101. Yeah, I know - there'll be an extra bit of GUI work as well allowing the privacy selection.  If your programmers aren't cyclists (they should be!) tell them about Rule #5.

    If Strava programmers have a hard time implementing this simple feature then you guys need me - for the right price my programming services are  available.

    If that's not the case then this forum is a waste of time because I can only assume nobody at Strava is bothering to read our comments.  So hello out there - anybody home?

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  • Charles, you're dead right. No response from Strava and posting here seems to be a total waste of time.

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