[wp-hackers] Proposal: Add a Privacy Option: Anonymise Updates

Matt Mullenweg m at mullenweg.com
Wed Sep 26 23:30:22 GMT 2007

John Blackbourn wrote:
> It's giving people
> the false impression that a) by sending their blog URL to the update
> server it is somehow infringing their privacy, and b) that by _not_
> sending it it somehow gives them some form of privacy.
> Having this option will mislead users into thinking that by using it,
> their requests to the update server will be anonymous when in fact,
> they are not and cannot be.

That's a very succinct way to put it.

I'd support a plugin that replaces the URL with some known format 
because I think that would be a useful metric to track as well. We could 
use the popularity of that format to decide whether it warrants a core 

Matt Mullenweg
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