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When you click on the link for the number of consecutive days that you have visited an SE site you see this:

Calender visits

However, on a fellow user profile you only see this:

User visits

It only tells you the last time they have been to the site. It doesn't even tell you how many consecutive visits they have.

I realize this might be a privacy thing, but that is a pretty lame reason. You visited the site and likely posted, too. What's the big deal if someone can see your calendar? Wouldn't be too hard to make it a setting in the preferences so that you could turn it off if you wanted.

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    Why on earth would you want to do such a thing? My calendar, I can see how that might be interesting if I'm trying to get a badge but someone else's? – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 22 '13 at 9:23
  • @ben Why on Earth would I not? – fredsbend Jun 22 '13 at 9:24
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    Because you're looking at the days someone visited the site. It's not exactly interesting and probably won't influence anything... seems a bit pointless. It was a serious question, you're asking for a change to the functionality of the site and haven't provided a reason. Why would you want to? – ben is uǝq backwards Jun 22 '13 at 9:26
  • @ben It is interesting to see how interested in the site people are. Maybe not on SO but on the other sites I think so. Also, I had a thought to run as a mod one day and it would be proof that I regularly visit. – fredsbend Jun 22 '13 at 9:31
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    There are much, much better indicators for interest in the site than the mere visiting times - comments, reviews, questions, answers.... all of which are visible publicly already. – Pëkka Jun 22 '13 at 9:45
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    seen is useful to find out if someone is likely to have read your comment, but visit history feels very intrusive to me. – AndrewC Jun 22 '13 at 9:51
  • @fredsbend - Hi. Please don't add anything in your question body which is not related to it. Also voting is different here – hims056 Jun 24 '13 at 4:53
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    One "pro" of making consecutive days public (opt-in only of course) is that it shows commitment and makes for a nice anecdote when SO comes up in an interview if the number is really high. – cantera25 Sep 15 '13 at 5:27
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SE is not a social network. This actually comes close to stalking in my book. I personally wouldn't like my visiting data to be public. And I don't see any need or use for this feature either.

It is interesting to see how interested in the site people are. Maybe not on SO but on the other sites I think so.

Why is it interesting? And don't badges display this reasonably well? What possible use to the site will this have?

Also, I had a thought to run as a mod one day and it would be proof that I regularly visit.

There are much better things to look for in a mod candidate, like proficiency with community moderation tools. And activity in the same. This is publicly available in the user activity page.

  • You: I personally wouldn't like my visiting data to be public. Me: Wouldn't be too hard to make it a setting in the preferences so that you could turn it off if you wanted. – fredsbend Jun 22 '13 at 9:39
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    @fredsbend but why would anybody want to make this public in the first place? – Pëkka Jun 22 '13 at 9:44
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    @fredsbend If it's opt-out, I'd still be against it, because these things shouldn't be forced onto someone. If it's opt-in, I don't see anyone using it. Also, what Pekka said. – Manishearth Jun 22 '13 at 10:23

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