This is more a suggestion, than a bug. Its styled differently in the members list and such. Also, online status doesn't show on the profile page.
If a user deselects the Show Online Status box, they and staff can still see their activity.
I think only staff should have the over-ride to still see the online status even though the user has unchecked it, this way members will not be confused. This is a very important detail for some members and if they think their privacy is not secure they will not use the forum.
Yes, I know.
If they want to make sure they're invisible, they can check the forum list. However, if they don't know what to look for, an FAQ can be easily made.
The simplest solution would be to not show the online status anywhere when the member has unchecked the Show online status. It serves no purpose to show them where they are, it only leads to confusion and possibly leaving the forum assuming their privacy is not honored.
It's confusing because when a member unchecks the Show online status box they expect their online status to not be shown. How would a normal user know that it's only being shown to them and not to other users?
When you select or deselect it, there's an overlay at the top that comes up confirming what you did, which also happens when you upload an avatar, change settings, etc.
Too bad the overlay happens so quickly that you don't have the time to read it. Even if the member had to acknowledge the overlay message, I think it would still server to confuse members if the online status continues to show even though they have disabled the function.
Make it so that it will not be by editing the phrase show_your _online_status and put something like"Show your online status - If disabled, only visible to you and Staff".It's confusing because when a member unchecks the Show online status box they expect their online status to not be shown. How would a normal user know that it's only being shown to them and not to other users?
Not really for me, and by doing the phrase change, you are being exact in letting them know who can see their status.That's a good suggestion, Tracy. But wouldn't you agree that it's confusing to show something when you turn it off?