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Opt out of all Strava Segments

Rather than having to actually ride segments to hide them, it would be nice if you are not interested at all about segments to be able to just hide all segments from the Segment Search listing or even better, have an option on your profile to opt out of segments completely.  If you opt out, then you would not see any public segments nor would any of your uploaded information ever be entered into any public segments.  It would be nice to still be able to create private segments but honestly, I would give up private segments to be able to just opt out of the segment portion of Strava.  Strava is a fantastic product but the segment portion has really gotten out of hand and honestly, I think you would get more users if you allowed opting out of segments  Most people who use other sites to manage their rides primarily do it because they are driven away from Strava because of the whole segment deal.  Just look at the forums all over the Internet for confirmation.

Please consider this request because honestly I think it would be very beneficial and draw more people to Strava that just want to manage their own rides or for their own group.  Strava by far is the best option for this, just allow us to opt out of segments.

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  • Official comment

    This setting has been released. 

    More information on how to use this feature can be found here

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  • I'd like to hide right from the map. There are way to many faulty segments base on bad data showing up that I am not interested in ever seeing, yet they obscure segments that I am interested in.

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  • Totally agree with the above. I along with around 20 friends have considered using endomondo because it doesn't have segments to chase on every route. I would like the ability to select whether or not to be use the segment option on a particular ride data. Please allow us to turn them off occasionally.
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  • I'm also not interested in Strava segments any more – I actually find that they make my rides less enjoyable.  I don't want to quit Strava, since I like the other social aspects of it, like being able to share my rides with my friends, but I find the KOM-chasing culture very distracting.

    I would really like a way of opting out of the KOM leaderboards altogether. It would also mean better privacy, since people can still see my rides via the leaderboards, despite having enhanced privacy enabled!

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  • I am sick and tired of segments.  The are so saturated, it seems like you cannot roll out of a parking lot and not be in a segment.  I don't enjoy them (would prefer just my own private segments exclusively), I don't need them all over every road to motivate me to ride harder.  When I want to race, I pin on some numbers, and there are USAC officials there to keep score.  

    I do enjoy the social aspect of Strava, seeing who of my firends is riding and where they are venturing out.   Kudos and comments, help my keep in touch with coworkers across the globe.  But I would like an option to "Opt Out" of individual segments. Nor do I need to go out and discuss KOM's or leaderboard position on rides.  I don't care about someones downhill tailwind KOM.  I would like to say "Don't include me on this leader board, Ever"  Hide is meaningless if you're still showing up on the leader board.  Give me the option to selectively Opt Out of segments.

    Furthermore, in my opinion, segments have ruined regular group rides.  Be it weekly shop rides or weekend gatherings, there is always a few segment head hunters, sitting in and sucking wheel ready to attack with fresh legs when their favorite segment approaches.  This is what town line signs are for, because everyone knows where they are, and its not some mysterious virtual waypoint.    

    I mean really.  If its a KOM, King of the Mountain, shouldn't the thing at least be up hill, no less than a category 4 climb??  Why is it called a KOM for anything else?  Literally every mile of some rides is covered and overlapped with segment upon segment.  This is getting a bit ridiculous.

    I will likely stop using Strava all together if the segment features are not enhanced (and I don't mean comparison tools, and analysis).  And I will never pay for premium service at its current feature level.

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  • If Strava people are even listening to this, let me summarize in this manner.  If you're going to allow endless creation of segments (intersecting, overlapping, duplicated) then people who could care less about a specific segment, should also then have the option to say "I don't want to participate in this segment" without having to ride somewhere else.  There's no reason we should have to be included in every single segment created, when an area is just completely saturated with segment on top of segment.

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  • Allow individual "opt out", better than "hide", just completely opt out of specific segments we have no interest in.  The KOM race can be fun, but not when entire rides are saturated with segments upon segments.

    https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/55867380-Allow-option-to-Opt-Out-of-individual-segments 

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  • +1 for opting out of segments.

    Lots of reasons one might want to keep their rides public and social, but not "ranked":

    • Someone is non-competitive, and doesn't want to be on leaderboards
    • Someone using an e-bike, tandem, etc...
    • Someone so slow they don't want the constant reminder that they are 4,999/5,000 on every popular segment
    • Someone so fast that they don't want to blast all the locals off the top 10 when they visit an area.

    Please add this.

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  • My wife is worried about the way in which segments make me take risks while cycling. I tell her not to worry, but she is right. I would like to turn off segments save for the days when the I want to race. For my wife's peace of mind, at the moment I have largely stopped using Strava since I can not turn the segments off.

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  • I've also largely stopped using Strava because of the emphasis on segments. Strava is completely dominated by them at the expense of more useful training features. If I want to prove myself, I'll enter aTT where I can do so meaningfully.
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  • What I love about Strava:

    1. Looking at the map of my ride (with photos in place when I take them) 
    2. Looking at maps of my friends' rides
    3. Looking at my friends' photos
    4. Calorie and riding time accounting. Super useful!
    5. Elevation data, max speed and effort data, all that fun stuff
    6. Sharing my rides (where I went and photos) with my friends

    What I don't want:

    1. Competition
    2. Competition
    3. Competition

    The only way I've found to opt out of segments and competition is to make every ride private. That's what I'm doing, but I miss sharing my rides with my friends. I would sure love a "noncompetitive" mode for Strava.

     

     

     

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  • Just thought I'd weigh in and say that being unable to turn off/opt out of segments has reduced my Strava-usage to almost nil. They make me feel so uncomfortable I'd rather not use Strava at all!

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  • I'll add a different shade on this: I don't mind segments, but there are just hundreds of meaningless trash micro-segments that clutter up any activity I do.  I think they're left over from an auto-segment-add functionality that once existed, but there's no way they should still be there. I see ~0.2 mile segments that pop up everywhere and mean nothing. Can we please erase them already?!

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  • I left strava because of the segments, came back because lots of my friends use it. I’m thinking of leaving again as the segments are so irritating. Making all of my rides private, to get out of the segments, makes using strava pointless over others like Garmin Connect (where you can opt out of segments!)

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  • I love segments.  It's the primary reason I use Strava.  What's the big deal?  Just HIDE the ones you don't want.  A small investment of time for the routes you normally ride.  I ride @150 miles a week across 10-12 standard routes and I only see the segments I care about.  I don't want to create all my own segments - that's ridiculous.  The entire value is taking advantage of the ones already there.  I find new routes based on the heatmaps and segments that I see people ride.  I also travel the world also build my own routes.  If I couldn't see where people cycled, the whole Strava experience would be useless.

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  • Coming soon is a new privacy feature to hide your activities from segment leaderboards. 

    Please keep an eye out for this new Privacy setting to be available on your account in the next few weeks. 

    When this setting is enabled, it means that for future activities all your segment results will be hidden from public leaderboards. This is essentially an 'opt-out' feature. On any given leaderboard, you can still filter by "my results" and see your times (this operates the same way private activities operate).

    Thanks for your continued feedback over the years. 

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  • It's not a privacy issue for me so the option to hide segments from public leaderboards doesn't help at all.
    I think segments are great sometimes when you really want to compete and horrible other times when you just want to enjoy a ride.
            
    I'd love to share my rides still, with the option of hiding my segment times.
    Should be pretty easy.
     

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  • While I admit that sometimes I approach a particular spot and say to myself "Oh, this is a segment. Let's crank it up!", most of the time I am content to just lollygag on my bike.

    While I do see the value of Segments, and I am not anti-competition, I do think that Marian Goldeen and Chris Wood make valid points. The emphasis of a Social Media website should be on social activities, not high competitions. And Strava should clean up those silly micro-segments that are out there! There is a proliferation of silly, meaningless .2-mile long segments, so that it's no wonder that I "earn" 47 Medals after every ride!

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