Friend-based security for any item on the userinfo.bml page
Short, concise description of the idea
Anything on a user's profile/user info page should be able to be secured the same way as journal entries.
Full description of the idea
Anything on a user's profile/user info page, such as specific interests, instant messenger name, birthdate, friends, membership to communities, specific user pictures, or anything else the user would like, should be able to be protected the same way as journal entries - with public, friends, friend groups, etc. This would provide additional privacy and prevent harassment and other issues.
An ordered list of benefits
Additional privacy for users who desire it.
Enabling users to hide certain things from the general public.
Avoiding targetted harassment/hate-based abuse cases (less for the abuse team to do).
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
Things hidden from the public wouldn't be able to be used in searching in the directory or interest-matching services.
Having friends-only userpic would be confusing on posted comments. Would probably have to show default pic to non-friends.
User interface for selecting what is available might be complicated.
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
Perhaps the edit user info page would lose all "hide this" and "prevent that" options, and just allow editing of info. Have a separate page that handles all the security options. OR:
Have a popup menu next to each item with the security options: public, friends, etc. In the case of interests, have a separate box for friends-only interests.