In real life, if strangers walk by and look at you, what do you normally do?
Are you a jerk - like people in certain parts of the U.S. - and snarl when someone looks your way? Or do you do like most "normal" people across the world do, and maybe acknowledge their look, or even nod or say "Hello!"?
I check to see who has looked at my Profile here at SitePoint. And sometimes I even will send a PM and say "Hello". (Of course, I am naturally curious and friendly...)
Likewise, it's handy to know how many people have visited your site, but I don't like the idea of telling site owners who has been visiting your site.
If you visit "My House", I can track anything I like! (And I am adding this Feature to promote a sense of "community" and promote Social Interaction ---> not to create "Big Brother" spying?! :lol:
To me, that's like Google giving your name, email address, street number, phone number etc. to any website you visit. I'd rather to be able to look around anonymously.
If YOU register on MY website, and YOU give me your E-mail, Username, and Password, and then I share your Username with others when you visit their Profiles, how is that anywhere close to giving out your Name, Email, Street Number, Phone Number, etc?! (:
In that scenario, YOU gave me your Username.
Yes, I am sharing that you visited someone else's Profile, but that isn't exactly "Top Secret" info...
And if you are that concerned with being anonymous, then why bother to create a User Account and Log In in the first place??
(I respect your desire for privacy, but I am hardly broadcasting all of your deep, personal secrets for all to see?! I'm just saying "Ralph visited your Profile." And after 10 new people do the same, you will no longer appear anyways!)
P.S. You may not be aware of this Ralph, I can currently see that YOU (i.e. "ralph.m" ) responded to my thread...