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David Stephens Jun 15 '13 at 09:37 PM
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I want to stop other members that call themselves Anonymous from looking at my profile. Why can't we have that option. Every other option exists. This should be easy for LinkedIn.
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    Charles Caro Jun 16 '13 at 02:24 AM
    The option simply does not exist on LinkedIn. In other words, "What You See Is What You Get" (WYSIWYG).
    Margaret A Ost Jun 16 '13 at 04:57 AM
    CONTACT US above in toolbar to suggest to them.
    Bernard Gore Jun 26 '13 at 12:02 AM
    ... or use "Feedback' link at bottom of normal linkedin pages to suggest it.
    David Stephens Aug 09 '13 at 06:31 PM
    I just received a non-answer from the LinkedIn support group. However, we now have a tracking number where you can add your comments. Anonymous LinkedIn Members [Ticket: 130807-009480].

    Here was my response to the non-answer:
    Hi Praneeth, This is not responsive. Thanks, but many members do not want to have their profiles viewed by people who do not identify themselves. We would like an option to say to a person who has selected "anonymous" to be told that we do not want them to have access to our profile and if they want to view our profile then to identify themselves. This is no different than when we get phone calls from "blocked". The difference is that we can choose to not answer a "blocked" call. We cannot chose to allow "anonymous" to view our profile. I know most people do not answer "blocked" calls. Why can't we do the same with "anonymous" viewers? We want to know who wants to see our profiles. Please take a look a see if this can be added to the service. It could/should be part of a premium service. Dave

    Here was LinkedIn's non-answer:
    Hi David,
    Thanks for reaching out to us about your profile's visibility. One of the main purposes of LinkedIn is to help you build a network of trusted connections. For that reason, we don't have a setting that lets you block another member from viewing your profile. There are many other settings to control your visibility on LinkedIn. To get there, move your cursor over your name in the upper right corner of your homepage and click "Settings", or click here to go directly to the "Settings" page: https://www.linkedin.com/settings/?&tab=profile . Here are some of the settings you'll find:
    o Edit your public profile
    o Change your profile photo & visibility
    o Edit your name:
    o Select who can send you invitations
    o Select who can see your connections

    Praneeth
    Customer Experience Advocate
    Bernard Gore Sep 24 '13 at 12:37 AM
    No david, it is nothing like getting a phone call form blocked numbers - in that case you can choose not to answer, and on LinkedIn you can choose no to respond to any message you wish. In fact people CANNOT contact you here anonymously - it only applies to viewing what you have decided to publish on your PUBLIC profile - suggest you check what public actually means.

    What you are asking for is like publishing a book and then telling the book stores that you want to know the names of everyone who even looks at it on the shelf. If you want that sort of control, then set up a private, not public, website to do it on.

    Do the phone companies tell you when someone gets your number from directory enquiries, or looks you up in the phone book? Does Google inform you every time someone searches for your name? If you have an article published in the local paper or their website, do they inform you of each person who reads it? NO. Public is public, if you don't like having yourself out there, then don't join publically-available services.
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    Curtis Carr Jul 24 '13 at 11:37 PM
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    I think it is recruiters searching for talent. They don't want the exposure so choose to be anonymous.
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      ABHINAV TIWARI Jul 25 '13 at 07:00 PM
      I think, if they are recruiters they want to expend their network, so there is no point to hide their identity.

      I will be most happy to agree on the point if someone says that CEO level person wants to hide their identity.

      So I request to LinkedIn team to make some types of criteria for member who view the profile can hide their identity at certain level of point and not every one hide their identity.
      Bernard Gore Aug 08 '13 at 01:34 AM
      Abhinav, when they are extending their network, they would not be anonymopus, but that isn't what Curtis said - if they are seeking specific talent they might have to trawl through hundreds who the fairly basic search turns up, and might only find one they are actually interested in - they certainly won't want to have to field hundreds of messages saying "you looked at my account, can we connect?" from people they have no need of, so anonymous is incredibly valuable for them.
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      Bernard Gore Jun 24 '13 at 12:56 AM
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      No need to get paranoid about things - I'm sure if the NSA wanted to things here they'd be a little more obscure about it - use false identities rather than the too-obvious "Anonymous".

      Anonymous is just a choice we all have here (although if you choose it you have to take some limitations on your own capabilities here). It is useful for those who have limitations on what they can do - many people have job agreements and the like that put some limitation on online activity.
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        Julie Dodson, Girl Friday Agency Inc Jul 12 '13 at 08:04 PM
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        How do we block anonymous "Members" from looking at our Profiles? Who are these people??
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          Zia Parvez Jan 11 at 04:04 PM
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          " We deserve the ability to prevent Anonymous browsers from viewing our Profiles."

          I fully support the motion and invite others to join the cause.

          It is a matter of principles and integrity - two integral components of professionalism that LinkedIn members should demonstrate.
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            Todd Herman Jan 15 at 10:18 PM
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            Go here and send them a message to stop this crap:

            http://help.linkedin.com/app/ask/f/c

            We need to start a linkedin group that disallows this, if we get enough members they will add a "Do not allow anonymous to view my profile button"
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              Tormy Van Cool Jan 15 at 10:24 PM
              Did it some month ago.
              They replied me telling me that it's nor foreseen that an Linkedin user, that chosen to be anonymous, cannot visit profiles.

              Thus I fully agree on starting a group with the purpose you suggested
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              Todd Herman Jan 15 at 10:41 PM
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                Tormy Van Cool Jan 16 at 12:14 AM
                Thanks you so much. I joined it
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                Bela Bartis Jr Feb 09 at 04:41 PM
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                Solution can be here
                The petition is still open we just need 800 signatures

                Petitioning Hani Durzy

                LinkedIn: Protect your users from stalkers and help keep victims safe
                here is the site http://www.change.org/petitions/linkedin-protect-your-users-from-stalkers-and-help-keep-victims-safe
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                  Margaret A Ost Jun 15 '13 at 08:51 PM
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                  We are all anonymous.
                  It is one of three settings
                  you can choose. Recruiters
                  don't want tons of phone calls.
                  Go to SETTINGS from your name,
                  upper right, or photo and you can
                  be totally anonymous, too.
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                    Sam Bailey Sep 30 '13 at 04:12 PM
                    Margaret,

                    You should also add that if you choose to be anonymous you also automatically delete your entire browsing history and can never again see who has browsed your profile, as long as you remain anonymous.
                    Hans Thoma Dec 24 '13 at 07:03 PM
                    Actually Sam, if someone upgrades to a Premium account, they can both remain anonymous AND see who has viewed their profile.
                    Sam Bailey Jan 16 at 12:38 AM
                    Rick Houlihan (Campaign Against Anonymous Browsing Group Member)

                    2 days ago

                    "I cancelled mine as well. I upgraded because I thought I would see the anonymous viewers and was shocked to find out that was not the case. Sorry LI, no more money from me until you change this."

                    Shawn Paulson Nov 05 '13 at 01:24 AM

                    "Even with my Linkedin Recruiter Enterprise Edition I can't see who or block "Anonymous Users". This is one of the ridiculous reasons LinkedIn is still a tier 2 social network. The problem is they've monopolized the market segment and they have little to no motivation to change it."
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                    Charles Caro Jun 15 '13 at 10:51 PM
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                    LinkedIn is an open and public social networking website for 225+ million professionals located literally around the globe.

                    It is impossible to block viewing of your profile on either an individual basis or for a set of members (e.g. those who set their privacy to "Anonymous") because all privacy settings apply to anyone and everyone wanting to view your profile.

                    Many of the LinkedIn members are recruiters or other business sourcing specialists with Premium accounts. They set their privacy settings to "Anonymous", and their privacy settings trump anything you can do.
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                      Cathy Zajdel Jun 16 '13 at 05:03 PM
                      Charles...good answer.
                      Lyle Clippinger Jun 22 '13 at 08:47 PM
                      You're merely explaining the problem as it exists; those of us in this forum already understand the current conditions. What we are asking for is a solution.
                      Sam Bailey Sep 30 '13 at 04:22 PM
                      Charles,

                      This is not technically correct. It would be a simple matter for LinkedIn to put an opt out filter for anonymous profile views, just as there is a filter for non LinkedIn Recruiter members that prevents ordinary LinkedIn members from viewing details on LinkedIn Recruiter profiles except name, location, industry and job title. Also incorrect is your claim that other people's privacy settings trump anything one can do. If one sets one's privacy settings to allow nobody else to see one's connections, it does`not matter what settings recruiters have on their profiles, they will not be able to see one's connections. Cause and Effect works in both directions, not just one.
                      Charles Caro Oct 01 '13 at 02:22 AM
                      @Sam - You can have any opinion you want, but it doesn't change the facts regarding how LinkedIn works.
                      Sam Bailey Oct 09 '13 at 04:39 PM
                      Charles,

                      I wasn't offering "opinions". I was correcting your errors.

                      "...their privacy settings trump anything you can do." - factually incorrect.

                      "...all privacy settings apply to anyone and everyone wanting to view your profile" - factually incorrect and also a tautology.
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