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Coming Soon! NEW Simplified Privacy Policy On EP!

Giving members the ability to choose the level of privacy they desire for their EP account has been a fundamental part of making EP a safe and comfortable space where members can be themselves.

So, when we heard that some members were confused about the ‘discreet’ and ‘public’ options currently available, we set out to simplify the privacy setting, to make them easier to understand.

**For one we’re getting rid of the search by email feature which was an option available to members who opted for public profiles. We know that some of you want your friends and family to find you on EP but we suggest sending them an invitation to the site, instead.  To protect our members and the sensitive topics they share NO ONE will be able to search for you by email regardless of your account settings. 

Come February, 1st there will be two account setting options available:  Standard and ‘EP Only’

[Note: You will not find these options under account settings, just yet, but if you set your account to 'discreet' the option available now your account will automatically be converted to 'EP Only' come February 1st.  All other accounts will become standard accounts]

Regardless of whether you have a Standard or 'EP Only' account, logged in members see the same detailed information on your profile, what distinguishes these two types of accounts is the amount of information displayed on your profile for people who are browsing the site and aren't logged in.

When an account is set to ‘EP only’ it means that only EP members can see the content on your profile. People who are NOT logged into EP (though they can see basic information on your profile) CAN'T see a list of your stories, groups or any of your photos (avatar and photo albums)

On the other hand, when you have a ‘Standard’ account people not logged into EP, browsing the site can see your profile, though they still need to be EP members in order to message you or add you to their circle.  This way, when someone reads your story and finds it interesting, they can view your profile and be led to other great stories you have written, making it easier for people to connect and find value in Experience Project.

Since privacy is an important topic, and especially important for Experience Project, we want to give everyone time to change their privacy settings before we make this change. You have until February 1st, 2013 to log into EP, go to your account settings, and set your privacy settings to 'EP only' if you choose. By default your account will already be EP only if your profile was set to discreet. Now is a good time to uncheck or check that option.

We hope you like these changes, and we hope that this makes it easier for users to continue to make positive connections on EP while being confident that their privacy is secure.
EPArsineh EPArsineh 26-30, F 55 Responses Dec 18, 2012

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EPArsineh,
I was fortunate to find this site and am quite thankful I did. I was on an MS-support site (MSWorld) that is now straining to survive. I find this a very nice place to read on positive aspects of others issues. THANK YOU for this site.
LaTish

Thanks for the changes improving privacy.

I like these changes, especially about the email privacy.
Thanks, Arsineh, and Happy New Year to You and all EP Staff.

You're cute.

I think this is a good step to keeping Ep's members safe.

Privacy is important to me. I am glad that nobody can see my private email address. Once it gets into a spam engine you get spam every day for the rest of your life with no way to opt out unless you sign with another ISP and subsequently get a different email address. I get way too much spam as it is. You can try to 'bounce' it but the sender's details are often disguised and the unwanted mail returns to you as undelivered. There are very good reasons to be very careful who you disclose your email address to.

Arsineh,

I personally am not in favor of the direction of this move. I would rather have more choices and controls to be able to make more specific, more fine tuned, decisions about who can see what on my profile.

Example, being able to specify that certain categories of people (levels of friends) can see specific groups in my groups list for example; or that only people who have already joined a group I am in can search for me by my email to see if I'm also on EP.

I understand that some members may benefit from "simplification"; but personally feel the better way to eliminate any confusion about the "discrete" vs. "public" feature would have been to have independent controls with more clearly defined meanings on a panel, so that the user could not only see specifically what each pre-set did....but also create a custom security set-up if they so desired.

So unless I make that choice now, It won't be an option later? Now all you need is a filter to keep the perverts from viewing my profile.

Preserving privacy is a key part of EP for me; any efforts to strengthen it are appreciated. Many thanks.

Good to know. Thank You!

thank u!!!!

Thank's for the head's up!

Arsineh, I appreciate your updates, and privacy is an especially important issue to address. This being the second time I've seen complaints, however, can you please tell those users under this I Want to Improve the Experience Project header how a user can opt out from receiving your notices? If it's not part of the site yet, can you please ask your programmer(s) to add an Opt Out check box to their profile page and link those users with your All Users contact list? Perhaps quicker, set up a group called I Don't Want to Receive EP Features Updates and let those users post themselves there? Maybe that'll take care of them the quickest way. It's not my perspective, but keeping them happy is part of Improving the Experience Project. Have a great Christmas and New Year, whatever your faith - or lack therof, that's ok too. We here in the EP community embrace all perspectives :).

How do we go about NOT receiving these types of notices all the time?

Its in the settings on the left side of your profile.

There's nothing there covering these kind of notifications, it only covers pm's, whiteboard, gestures, etc... There should definitely be an opt out option when it comes to this kind of thing. If you're not a member of a group you shouldn't be receiving notices from it. Since they don't allow you to block EP associates something needs done because it can be quite bothersome.

...here's me thinking I had a message at last!

Let me add that I like being able to see what my profile looks like to other EP members.

Yes, I LOVE the Home & Profile view. I use it everytime I log in. Very good point!

Great! Wonderful news to help us protect ourselves. Thank you!

Good one

Yay!

Now all that we need is quick login. I don't wanna click on Login and then enter username and password. Why not on the main page itself like Facebook?

please start the EP chat for all EP members please !!!

are there ever goin to be maybe a few chatt rooms like there was on yahoo ?

Great News, if we wanted to share/interact with others on other sites, then we'd join those sites..but we don't lol

True!

I'm curious as to why you've kept your activity hidden for the last few months, Arsineh? Any reason you don't want us to be able to tell what you've commented on?

Thank you for thinking of me, 'cause I am definitely confused about EP's options and I had a difficult time getting my pic into the avitar section, so I'm still apprehensive about changing it, because when I initially tried to put my photo up, I lost it ...permanantly....and its place in my picture collection in my PC, is that stupid cartoon "male" pic from EP!....my photo disapppeared into "cyber-space"?!!

that sounds like a bug, where the photo was downloaded instead of uploaded by mistake? that's quite serious.

It was my pictures file...and so was my cat...both from the same place...he crossed over into EP-land just fine after I first tried my pic... of which there was only one of...I have two of my cat...so I use him instead...'cause mine is gone, gone!!!...and in my pictures place is the EP male cartoon avitar...but I don't mind my cat pic after all...lol...I'm just a bit wary to change it ....after that episode...

What is most important to me is the following: I do not want someone who knows my email address to be able to link it to my ep account using Google or any other application. If they are able to do this, then I lose all anonymity regarding all of my ep content. Will your new policies prevent this? Please tell me the truth. Thank you. iwantpizza (ep user)

I would like to be able to find people or some of thier wrtings by searching thier name.

Does that mean the blogs I write will be discreet too. Right now,anyone,anywhere can find it via Google when they access my user name.

I want to share something here, it would be great if we can share our token with our friends :)

well I know you can buy tokens for a friend if you want as for giving from your own tokens I am not sure you can do that yet.

Well that sounds great I still have a small problem with that. Say we have a group of people we talk to but we have other interests that we do not want to share with other people. I still say there should be something for that aspect . thanks

Sweet! Thank you. But I would love to have the option of closing down my pm's to only friends, yet leave the whiteboard open so people can just leave a message there. Right now I have to close it ALL down except for friends, just so I don't get a lot of random pm's.

well you can if you set your settings to your circle only well then only those people in your circle can contact you no one else can. I believe that how that works.

Ok, I appreciate you saying. But won't it also close down my whiteboard too? THAT is what I wanted to leave open. : )

no I believe it shuts down everything well if you want we can try. you setting your setting to you circle only come back here and let me know and I will try to leave a message on you white board if it works will you will know if it does not I will leave a message here you for .

Ok, I changed my settings. let me know.

sorry it took so long I did not see your message here. But I did try and said that I have to part of you circle and it did not let me leave a message.

Not to worry. Yes it's just as I thought then. Thank you so much for your efforts. : )

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Sounds great. I love this site and the great work you do. Thanks.

Always these progressive changes are praise worthy. We like as usual.

love the new changes that are coming!

I have one word for the new changes.....SPLENDIFEROUS!

I am very frustrated with this site today! I tried to mail this to you via EP mail...it would not let me! said possible inappropriate content...error message so I am posting it here,

I attempted to mail you this here;

I've contacted EP today about this, but it's still not fixed, my ep friends are saying it's flagged as inappropriate and adult,... but it's a mistake ep needs to fix.

This upsets me as I have ''no cussing or nude pictures in it'' my friends also said that it did not appear on the main story page due to this!!!!

problem link here
http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Am-For-Gun-Control/2806015
I would like it fixed and an explanation please?

I am having trouble making sense of this paragraph

?

''When an account is set to ‘EP only’ it means that only EP members can see the content on your profile. They can still see the basic information that shows up on your stories and in groups like username and avatar, gender, age range, how many stories you have, how many groups you have, etc., but they can't see a list of your stories or groups or any of your photos (avatars or public photo albums)''

Hope this clears things up:

When an account is set to ‘EP only’ it means that only EP members can see the content on your profile. People who are NOT logged into EP (though they can see basic information on your profile) CAN'T see a list of your stories, groups or any of your photos (avatars or public photo albums)

On the other hand, when you have a ‘Standard’ account people not logged into EP, browsing the site can see your profile, though they still need to be EP members in order to message you or add you to their circle. This way, when someone reads your story and finds it interesting, they can view your profile and be led to other great stories you have written, making it easier for people to connect and find value in Experience Project.

Well I understood that part of it, read my post again, and especially this part of it
''but they can't see a list of your stories or groups or any of your photos (avatars or public photo albums)''
That seems to say even folks on EP logged in cannot see public photo album..think about it.

I was getting this same interpretation that "SpiceZ" is asking also myself. But my mind doesn't always get to make sense on a lot of things I read lately, so I just went on my business for awhile. Like saying: Nobody is going to see everything, even being a member logged in on this site. As if somethings are just going to be futile and vain, having a List of Stories or Pictures. With everyone (?)

This is a great idea!

thanks a lot..

Sounds good to me - I know a lot of people who were blocking others were having issues with those people still being able to see their activity. Great addition!

“When an account is set to ‘EP only’ it means that only EP members can see the content on your profile. …. but they can't see a list of your stories or groups…”

I am all for increased privacy, but doesn’t this option make catching up with friends’ stories that I have missed impossible? I won’t be able to see a list of their stories if they have this option chosen, correct? Also, if I come across a member whose story I like and they have their account set to “EP only”, how will I find their other stories? So must we use “Standard” if we want to be able to let our stories be found by our friends and like-minded members?

I would like to know that too!

Me, too. I'm curious to know if the people in your circle will have access to your list of stories, at least, if not every EP member ?

More walls. This place did flow in the old days. You have no idea how smooth it was to naviagate around the site.... You could follow the flow with others, gather together and see what was so interesting. The sparks could fly but boy was it fun! Pages and pages of comments from scores and scores of members that would go on and on for days. Sigh. It feels like people are expressing themselves in little boxes now, and they are piled away in corners, where nobody can see them. But maybe its just me, I need to dig deeper.

Yes..I want people to see my stories and public photos...I just don't get the whole above new privacy policy story...I posted the paragraph that is confusing to me here too.

All logged in members see the same detailed information, the difference is between what non-logged in members see:

Hope this clears things up:

When an account is set to ‘EP only’ it means that only EP members can see the content on your profile. People who are NOT logged into EP (though they can see basic information on your profile) CAN'T see a list of your stories, groups or any of your photos (avatars or public photo albums)

On the other hand, when you have a ‘Standard’ account people not logged into EP, browsing the site can see your profile, though they still need to be EP members in order to message you or add you to their circle. This way, when someone reads your story and finds it interesting, they can view your profile and be led to other great stories you have written, making it easier for people to connect and find value in Experience Project.

Maybe a sub-option to allow friends to see your lists of groups and stories will be added.

Sorry for the confusion. All logged in members see the same detailed information, the difference is between what non-logged in members see. Please see above.

Thanks for clearing this up.

lol My last reply went in before I refreshed and saw your comment, Arsineh. Thank you for the explanation.

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Great changes, Thank you. I truly appreciate EP. It has been a great place to vent as well as learn from so many different points of view. Keep up the great work, you are appreciated.

I am impressed and am hopeful this will work as planned. I would absolutely be thrilled to have my information and privacy better protected here.

I appreciate the effort put into doing this.

Great news!
But why do you still have a share icon for FaceBook,anytime anyone can click on it and divulge all content?
But thanks for the info!

sounds good to me

Sorry, but I failed to follow something. Does "EP Only" mean that EP members will not be able to see my stories or groups?

This is a question I would like answered too...
Arsineh.... Are you listening?

How are we to connect if we are unable to find out the basics about a person?
Which groups they belong to is one of the first things I check, after I have found an interesting story. Now we will not be able to see a list of stories either?
Have I understood this correctly?

Hey, there used to be a feature where you could enter your mood and find others having the same mood. I found it helpful to connect similar folks feeling the way I did....did that go away? I can't seem to find it. Thanks.

Good job!

Arsineh this change will be for the good of all , I know from many users posting at Q&A Home forum that if a google search is done that their entire user profile is easy to find on the internet even after setting it as EP Only in their privacy settings . many users do not wish to be found on the internet and others still do . Paschar EP Support Volunteer at your service .

sounds really good, well thought out, thanks.

Thank you for the 'ep only' option

Good idea. Thank you.

I like this a lot!

AWESOME! It has always bugged me that EPers could 'bear their souls' on EP just to have anyone in the world able to find it and read it with a simple internet search. I've talked with many EPers who weren't even aware of that. Good job, EP.

thanks for the info

Great job. Thank you for the option EP!!