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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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  • 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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  • Bump, I completely agree and was looking to post this same request. I would love to be able to set personal goals on my private segments as I don't want to bother other riders with segments popping up on their Garmins alarming them when they probably wouldn't ride the same segment/route. Plus I just want the results for my private use.

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  • Another valid request being ignored by Strava. This has happened to me in the past. I had initially asked for my "Summit" Membership icon not to be displayed. I want to use the features provided with it, not broadcast and brag about it. I just signed up and set up my goals - looks like I will have to unset them :-( 
    Looks like Strava won't care till they see an exodus and I hope that happens someday :-) 

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  • Yes, this option is definitively necessary.

    I find it self-evident!

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  • Come on Strava developers, it can't be that difficult to add privacy for goals.  I'm even paying the premium for Summit.  Take a rest day and get this function added, let it be up to the athlete to decide the information they want private or public.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Seriously strava, just place this in an upcoming sprint, surely this must be a low hanging fruit to develop. The personal goal-feature is tightly connected to the garmin device integration and I DON'T want to spam my social feed with 50+ updated goals whenever I want to update the info in my devices, nor am I interested in seeing the same spam from others.

    Also, as a competitive rider I want to keep some cards to myself. Such as specific training goals. This is a major oversight.

    To hear that you're not even considering this is a huge let down for me personally. One of the most important features of a social network is being able to control your level of privacy - you're not giving me that control in this instance.

    I urge you to reconsider putting this back on the agenda.

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  • I was shocked and very annoyed when my personal goal was broadcast to all. As an older rider, I am working on improving my fitness, and certainly did not need the rest of my large riding group to see that goal for a popular climb. Totally poor design to have it broadcast by default, worse, no ability to control it. I have let my premium membership expire, since it has too little added benefit. Such a shame.

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  • Come on, Strava tech folks. I post 99% of my rides publicly and "usually" have nothing to hide. But as a Cat 1/2/3 level racer, I occasionally need to keep a few rides private when peaking for National level race events so other competitors don't see if I'm in amazing (or not so amazing) shape. I NEED the ability to keep my ride posts private every once in awhile, but still want it to be saved with my overall accumulated data for training purposes. PLEASE add this feature ASAP (now, not 2,4,6 more years from now) if you want to keep many of us Premium members around. Thanks in advance for being a professional, customer service based company & adding this to your features.

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  • Bob, Strava seem very determined to push the platform as a social one and completely ignore users requests for what would be a simple fix. Does anyone really want to broadcast their goals anyway? I thought originally I could just delete the goal after uploading to my garmin device (other manufacturers available 🤗), however from recall the goal once set still appears on all my followers dashboard (highly irritating). The only way I get the goal to be private is by losing all followers first and making everything private, i then use the feature nicely and set up a non premium account which I transfer all activities too one by one afterwards. I then re follow all my strava buddies and hope they do that back to me. A lot of hassle but feasible?

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  • And I just set a billion goals and spammed all my followers. :/ Now I look like a dick. I'm not setting goals for my followers! 

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  • Another vote for private goals.  I recently went premium but I won't be setting any goals until I have the option to make them private.

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  • Hi Strava..  another premium customer requesting that making a segment goal should have a private feature on it , just like an activity ...  it is now almost 5 years !! 

     

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  • yes soo annoying, pleae fix

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  • Five years ago, privacy was not as big issue as it is today.  I was stunned to see my segment goal posted publicly on the Activity Feed.  Strava must think that more users will want Premium/Summit if they see their friends setting goals. If I delete the post, it also deletes the goal. Infuriating.  I am not looking forward to the ribbing I am going to receive from my riding buds. 

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  • I'm surprised and disappointed that after four years (five?) of cajoling, coaxing and sweet-talking, Strava does not recognize the importance of this feature and still hasn't developed it.  Perhaps, it is because of difference in worldviews between Strava developers/mgrs and Strava athletes/users.

    I suspect the reason Strava has not implemented this feature is that there's a fundamental difference between Strava athletes/users and Strava programmers/mgrs.  Strava developers can't understand why someone would wish to keep training goals private since they grew up at a time and competed on teams when everyone received participation trophies.  In that world, everyone is equal, no one is allowed to standout, privacy is unnecessary.  Meanwhile, Strava athletes/users were competing in REAL races where there were REAL winners and losers.  And in that world, you keep your training goals private to beat your competitor.  In the REAL world, it's results, not effort, that matter.  I imagine some Strava participant/developers are beginning to see this as their co-workers' careers zoom ahead of their own.

    However, if its cheerleading that is needed to motivate Strava developers then as Dave A writes, "YOU CAN DO THIS STRAVA, DIG DEEP, BE MENTALLY STRONG AND KEEP BELIEVING."

    PS:  It must be said that those same Strava participant/developers have created a terrific product.  I'm just saying that perhaps they see the world differently and consequently this feature request is never prioritized and always falls below the line.  

    PSS:  Strava, as a workaround, I'm aware that on my Garmin Edge 520 I can individually select my PR as my goal on my ~20 starred segments.  However, that reverts back to your ranked list every time I update my Edge 520.

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  • Completely ridiculous you can't change the privacy of any part of strava, with goals being among the top.  

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  • If this is not 'fixed' by the time my Summit subscription comes up for renewal I may cancel.  I do not want my goals publicly displayed 

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  • Can't do more than giving my support to this Development request, and hope this no-brainer one da actually is implemented by Strava.

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  • Sooooo, you've got a regular stream of comments over YEARS saying to fix this and you won't.  This is a simple coding change (unless you write horrifically structured code).  

    Every time I try to do something new, I find strava has no common sense, no user-interface/features testing, and just throws features out that they decide we must do their way. 

    So, just another example of strava being out-of-touch and in their own, elite, know-it-all world. 

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  • can we make this happen? 

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  • Come on Strava. 5 YEARS now and no reasonable response for why you won't implement this basic request.

    Please please please consider setting yourselves a GOAL to get this done. It can be private!

     

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  • I also would like to have a "private/public" option for goals. When I first set some goals to have them appear in the activity feed for all to see on the strava dashboard was highly disappointing, my response was to immediately delete them as I have no desire to share this kind of information.

    In fact forget the 'public' option and just make all goals private as I am sure this is what most people would prefer. It is potentially a great feature, but is just not going to get much use as it stands. 

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  • Also chiming in to add I would like to set private goals - since it's a personal goal, I don't understand why it's being broadcasted to begin with.  When I'm bored at work, I have a tendency to go through and add some goals, though i don't need dozens of them added to my dashboard feed.

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  • Strava recently stated they have no immediate plans to address this. Weird. I simply don't use the feature since it was built broken. I really only need about 1 more reason to nix my premium account.

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  • they want to encourage people to share things... which is ok... 

    what they dont want to see is that allowing people to keep some stuff private allows people to use the site as its only training tool instead of using it just for the social part of it....

    if they provided this private-goals option as a pro feature, this alone would make the pro subscription worth for me

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