Public v Private Profiles

Introduction

We are frequently asked what the difference is between a Public and Private Profile. We give the choice to be public or private, so this article's aim is to provide users with the information they need to make an informed choice.

The Facts

Public or Private the lists can be searched by the list owner from the home page search, useful to students to help identify they have the correct list. Administrators can see both Public and Private profiles.

Public

Technically Public Profiles could be found on the net, but finding it would be extremely difficult, this has been tested, the profile doesn't show highly on a search engine results, we couldn't find an example with extensive searching.

Private

If a profile is set to Private, then students not signed in or signed in students cannot see the name of the list owner at all on the list view, other academics signed in can see the name but can't click through to the profile.

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