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  • Jojo, thank you for replying. I know I can see who favorited me. I don't have a problem with that so much. I just don't want automatic notifications going out to people when I finish an activity and think that Strava should give control over that to the athlete whose activity it is, not their followers. If Strava is concerned about our privacy, I hope you guys will reconsider how the Favorite function works. Otherwise, I'm going to start blocking people I don't really want to have to block.

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  • Today during 1 hour I believed that "start hide time" feature was implemented, but no, bad luck again:

    For example:
    Let's take "Sentier de la treille" segment https://www.strava.com/segments/12692283.
    Fabien Champarnaud, locked profile https://www.strava.com/athletes/12747215, did it on Dec.15th, 2018 : https://www.strava.com/activities/2017967283. Start time is not displayed, then it seems that it works: no way to know his start time ! Bingo !
    (OK let's assume that he did not forget to deactivate "group activities" on his profile ; here I can see that he was with "Mitch M", and by browsing activities of Mitch M (who did not lock his profile) I can see that start time was 9:31 AM...)

    But beyond this, what is bad is that using Android Strava app, I can see Fabien's activity and start time is displayed in clear text : 9:31 AM too.

    Then even when having a locked profile and a carefully selected followers list, in fact start time is visible to anyone using Android app.

    When do you think we will have something solid regarding this basic privacy data ?

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  • I don't have a recommendation, but I am trying to understand how changing PRIVACY might work in Strava.  I like having all my activities set to PRIVATE as default, but this is only temporary.  This gives me time to add information, decide if the activity is post-worthy, and add photos.  When I'm done I then change the PRIVACY from "just me" to "everyone" and then it will show up on my activity feed as well as my follower's.  

    Here is my question.  I know that if my PRIVACY is set to "everyone" by default, the instant I save that activity, it then shows up on all the activity feeds and notifications are sent out to my followers.  That might be a pop-up from the Strava app on people's mobile devices or an email notification.  However, what happens when by default my PRIVACY is set to "just me" and then later I change it to "everyone?"  Do the same notifications go out or does it only show up in the activity feeds and no notifications are sent?  My guess is that it is the latter, but I'm trying to confirm.

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  • I would like to be able to make my activities visible to only one person. For example when I run with my wife I'd like to compare our runs on Strava without sharing with anyone else.

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  • I want to be able to share my activities with favourite athletes only. It will allow me to have more control over the privacy of my activities. The reason that is important is because I may not want certain people to know where I am doing some of my activities and I don’t want to block these followers. Instead I want for example my family or friends to see some activity I would consider private and all my other unknown followers to see my official activities.

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  • Thank you for all your recent comments and contributions. We hear your concerns and it's a priority for us to ensure all athletes feel welcomed, safe, and protected on our platform. We endeavor to add more control over privacy settings including location visibility and how your activities show up in the feed. We're hard at work making improvements here and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve existing functionality and launch new privacy features.

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  • Regarding blocked people: I would love it if there was a way to hide the people you  have blocked from leaderboards. I know you can't take them off of the leaderboard, but I would suggest that if you have a specific person blocked, they would appear as "strava user" or something generic like that on the leaderboard. And then they wouldn't be able to see you on the leaderboard either. Thanks ou! 

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  • Jan S From what you quoted, Strava says you'll see "a logged-out version" -- emphasis on "version" meaning it's not the same activity page and details you see when logged in. For a public activity, someone not logged in will see some super basic limited info, like the name of the activity, the map, and a select few thumbnails of pictures (but unable to click through them or see larger size), and no splits. Of course, it will still encourage someone not logged in to create an account or login.

    If you're not seeing the basics, do double check the privacy of the activity. You can confirm how it looks by opening the activity in a private browser window where you're not logged in.

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  • Jan S: You might want to open a ticket then with Strava.  For my activities I get to see some basic stats and map when looking in incognito.  Maybe there is some setting you have flipped that doesn't allow it, but I don't know.

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  • Hey Jan S If your profile's privacy is set to "followers" no one on the web will see a logged-out version of your profile or activity details pages. Others must log in to see your activity details, even if the activity's privacy is adjusted to "everyone". You can read more about our profile privacy controls here.

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  • Soren thank you! That was exactly the problem. In order for "web people" to see my activities, i had to set the Profile setting to everyone, not only the Activities. 
    However, i find this confusing, because if there are separate privacy options for Profile and Activities, i would expect that these work independently. I am ok to expose my activities, but not all the profile data or let other to follow me without permission.

    Thanks again Soren !

     

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  • Can you please add 2FA support for logging in? I know, this could be complicated for third-party apps and partners, but on the other hand, it should be not really difficult to use tokens for this. At least for http requests, it should be easy to implement such things. Im a web developer, im working on such things... :-)

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  • Since the default setting of "flyby" privacy has essentially crippled a feature I was previously quite fond of, Is there anyway of indicating if there even was a "flyby", or how many "flyby's" there were on a workout?  That way I wouldn't have to click into it to see if it caught a passing group or not.

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  • I’d also like the option to set the privacy per activity type, so riding and running are automatically in my feed and everything else is not. Seems to be a popular request.

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  • I discovered recently that uploaded pictures get their shooting time displayed in the Android app. Useless and goes against privacy protection without benefit.

    Remember that I am waiting for "hide start time" since years now. And "Followers only" is not an option as it disables segments.

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  • Also please don't put privacy zones on virtual rides - that is completely pointless!

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  • Can there please be an option to block the city from automatically showing with an activity? Currently it seems the only way around this is to record my workout separately and manually enter the workout. I do not wish to have anything about my location made public, so keep maps hidden but really don't want anyone to know where I live, work, vacation, and for how long, etc.

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  • Hey Tyrn Armstrong we currently don't have the option to do this. However, there is a 3rd party site -- Activity Fix that can do this for you. You can create rules such as "mute all rides marked as commute" and it automatically does this for you right upon uploading. We appreciate your feedback!

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  •  I'd also like to be able to mute from the website, rather than only in the App.

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  • I would like to see the option added to mute all my activities by default. While I am not opposed to someone seeing my activities, I don’t wish to participate in the disingenuous giving or receiving of kudos for any little activity. It’s so meaningless like “likes” on FB or Twitter. As it is, I have to default my activities visibility to Only Me, then once uploaded, switch it to Everyone while simultaneously checking the Mute button. It would save me time not having to edit each activity.

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  • Hiding an address is inconceivably random! Why is the map visibility privacy circle around the address so rigidly set by Strava? Why can't I just select the area that I want to be invisible to followers? Rather than Strava arbitrarily deciding some random circle around the address, please let us select our own area to make invisible!

    Sincerely,

    Your strava user

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  • Why is public if I write a Goal for a Strava Segment? 

    Goals Privacy

    Performance (segment/power) goals are public. Non-followers can see these goals when viewing your profile page. Progress (weekly/monthly/annual) goals are private.

     

     

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  • I would like to the option to turn off receiving kudos and commenting?

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  • In the "My Gear" section it would be useful to be able to remove a component from a bike without retiring it and then be able to add it back onto the bike at a later date. It would be useful to me because I run different tyres in the summer and winter but they last me more than one season. I also use different pedals depending on the type of riding that I am doing. e.g. flat pedals for trail riding or commuting, clipless pedals for bike touring. Other components may also be rotated for seasonal reasons but not retired. It would be important to be able to track the mileage / hours of usage of these components accurately to monitor service life and prevent wear and damage.

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  • The suggestion @chris d made is a good one. I too swap tires based on whether I am on the road or a trainer. So maybe allow us to add multiple rear tires then have an “Active” property that can be enabled on only one.

    It would also be nice if we could add shoes and other items we cyclists use. If there was an “Other” option which allowed us to add custom entries, we could track anything like shoes, electronic devices, batteries, etc.

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  • Hoping to make a feature suggestion. I really value the new functionality to 'hide from home feed' activities that are made visible to everyone. It fits my style. My followers can go to my profile if they are curious what I'm up to, but I don't advertise it in my feed. This feature is probably makes me the most thankful and loyal to strava.
    My question ... can 'hide from home feed' be coupled with 'everyone' activity visibility as a Default? That would be so helpful. Thank you!

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  • Thanks Soren. I know how it works. I want it to work differently.

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  • Whatever privacy concerns might exist around flybys, showing a "welcome to flybys" message *every single time* I look at one does not address them in any way. It is the most ridiculous UI I have ever encountered. I cancelled my subscription because of it. An organisation that insults the intelligence of its users, does not deserve users.

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  • Privacy settings upgrade - to fully block someone (especially visible comments).

    Strava is becoming the Facebook of many athletes, where we learn to know a close knitted community of a specific sport. However, like any other group, disagreements or other situations might push someone to "unfollow" and "block" an athlete. But this is not enough. You can still see all the comments of that athlete on the wall of your friends. 

    I wish Strava could do like Facebook, where when you block someone, they litarelly dissapear from the interface. No possibility of being tagged, no messages, nothing! Gone!

    Thank you for considering it,

    P.

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  • I would like the ability to Hide HR Data on new activities by default. I am very surprised this is not already possible.

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