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Give the new Search feature permissions

Please add permissions to the search feature so servers (+channels, roles, members) can opt-out.

Many users have expressed that they are not comfortable having their entire message history easily searchable. This also poses a major privacy risk -- for example, malicious users will be able to "dox" (search for and collect personal information) with relative ease.

I'd like to see this added in 2 different ways:
1. A "Search Message History" permission so it can be disabled for certain roles/channels/members.
2. A User Setting that globally hides your messages from all search results.

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  • Mattari commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have to respectfully disagree, as this is extremely helpful for those of us who can't remember things as easily. It would be like anti-accessibility, which is bad.

    Case and point, less than an hour ago, I had to search text in two servers to see who and where I talked about a topic with, so I could continue conversation regarding it. The search is amazing, but if its disabled, then how would one ever make use of it? Plus people could just use a custom Discord client to get around a limited search.

    In my personal opinion, if you don't want people to see something, search yourself in the server and edit or remove any messages you'd like people to not be able to see. We can still scroll up through messages as well, after all.

  • timmyRS commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    1. Think before writing, in gerneral.
    2. When writing something you'd not like to have viewable afterwards, delete it shortly after creation.

  • Tajniak commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's already "Read message history" basically, searching is just a faster way to find something instead of scrolling manually/using a script, but the latter can be done anyways. If you post your personal info on Discord, you just "doxed" yourself. Doesn't make sense to add this.

  • Marshall commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wish I could give a -1 to this post because it is pure trolling.

    1) implies that searching one's messages invades their privacy. well, why would you post something publicly if you don't want people to see it?
    2) implies that searching one's messages allows to collect personal information. in this case you should not post personal information publicly in the first place.

  • Thunder33345 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    i get your point in a sense, but why not just make a user setting that globally hides your posted messages from anyone?
    because who knows when you would post a personal information and i bet there already people who will screenshot/copy it
    or there channel logging scrapers bots that record everything without you even contesting it, so why not just dont post it in the first place?

  • Tearlow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Take the hint: If you feel uncomfortable about something you're about to post. DON'T BLOODY DO IT!

    Christ; What's next. Take down search engines? They might find content unsuited for these snowflakes.

  • Atendega commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Internet 101: Don't post about it if you don't want people to see it.

    This is pointless.

  • Throudin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Then tell them to delete sensitive data, your server can already be crawled without the built-in search feature anyways.

  • Dimitrias commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A permission for limiting how far back message history (and search) goes would work well I think.

  • Jojo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This permissions doesn't make sense since there are other ways to lookup messages per api

  • Henpemaz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Whatever information can be retrieved with the Search feature can already be retrieved by other means.

    Whoever is interested on that sort info can get it pretty easily with Javascript and modding Discord itself and WILL NOT be stopped by what you're suggesting.

    Implementing this would be a waste of resources.

  • vhex commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a ridiculous idea. Just don't share personal data in groups with people you don't know.

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