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Enhanced Privacy: Hide User Names from Guests

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Your users might not be aware and might not like that their display names are public in any public area of your site. And as a result, Google queries for real names or business names used as display names will often lead to your website. While this can be nice regards to traffic, it can upset users and might be problematic in regards to privacy laws. 

This plugin mitigates these problems by globally truncating or hiding display names when content pages of your site are viewed as guest. Several settings allow fine tuning in regards to the way this works. 

For a live demo, check out Typography.Guru

Important notice: The plugin only works on sites that have removed the guest access to profiles through the permission settings. If you let search engines like Google index every user profile, obfuscating the usernames makes little sense. This plugin is specifically made for sites that already do not link to user profiles, but still expose the full display names (e.g. in forum topics or in the discovery feeds). If you are unsure about your settings, open a forum topic as guest user and check if the display names link to the user’s profile or not. If not, you can use this plugin. 

Plugin Settings:

The plugin works for all pages of a site that use the theme templates “userLink” and “userLinkFromData” to generate the display names. This is the case for forum topics, Pages articles, the calendar and many block feeds. The display names might still be exposed in the source code or in other areas of the suite if they are set as being public. 

czw, 02 styczeń 2020