I understand that you have some privacy concerns, and I’m not trying to demean them; but I think you’re being alarmist about this. As has been stated more than once in this thread and others, there is a choice with every installation of Discourse to disable Discourse Hub integration. If you prefer to not have your forum installation talk to the Discourse Hub, then disable the function.
[quote=“AstonJ, post:13, topic:2544”]Why would anyone care that the username is the same on two completely separate sites? Most people treat each site as a separate entity.
Forum admins generally don’t want to share anything about their users with other sites - most have rules where competing forums are not allowed to be ‘advertised’. Many will not want to give their users details to a parent registry either - you could use the info to see which niches are popular and start your own competing site by (or share that with your affiliates or partners) and then go on to email my users. Or even use the details of my users to promote your own goods or services.[/quote]
I like my username. I chose it purposefully. I’ve established a reputation associated with my username. You might not recognize it, but someone else will. I want them to be reasonably certain that they know who they’re talking to when they’re talking to @BhaelOchon.
The only things that are shared with the Discourse Hub are email address and username. Not demographic information, not what your site is about, nothing. Email address and username. There is no advertisement of other forums. There is simply a username registry keyed by email address.
Neither of those is the point. Not advertising the Discourse-ness, not promoting other forums. As I said in a previous reply, the Discourse Hub has two purposes:
To enable me to claim my preferred username on all Discourse Hub-connected installations. It is not an SSO service. I still have to register at each forum individually.
To allow me to see all of the Discourse Hub-connected installations to which I belong. There is no master list. There is no forum ring. There is no sniping of users from “competing” forums.