User homepages used to display the information "last seen ... (min/days/...) ago". It appears this feature is gone now.

I found it useful, and while it does divulge some otherwise unavailable information, this didn't seem of a particularly sensitive type.

My typical use of the feature would involve comments that I want to delete, but only after a certain user has read them (such as "sorry, my previous comment was complete nonsense, you are right").

For example: enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ I still see that information, just like before -- but maybe this is mod-specific(?) -- Could you perhaps provide a screenshot? In any case, I think if that information is really not generally available any more, this would be a loss. $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Aug 11, 2021 at 17:12
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    $\begingroup$ It's also gone on the mod side for me. $\endgroup$ Aug 11, 2021 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ This is related to recent (controversial) changes in the whole SE network, see meta.stackexchange.com/questions/368285/… $\endgroup$ Aug 11, 2021 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ Well -- that information is available under the 'Profile' tab (and not under the 'Activity' tab which is shown in the screenshot) -- but wasn't this always so? $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Aug 11, 2021 at 18:19
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    $\begingroup$ @StefanKohl: Not for me, see the updated screenshot please. $\endgroup$ Aug 11, 2021 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ @FrançoisG.Dorais I still see that information. -- E.g. you are now shown on the main site as "Last seen 25 mins ago" / "2021-08-11 19:16:37Z" (with mouse over). -- Maybe the change is rolled out over some time, and different users see it not simultaneously(?) $\endgroup$
    – Stefan Kohl Mod
    Aug 11, 2021 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ @StefanKohl Maybe. I don't see exactly what you see but I don't know why. $\endgroup$ Aug 11, 2021 at 20:48
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    $\begingroup$ @StefanKohl As a moderator, you still have access to the "Last seen" value for all users. However, it's not available to anybody else. The question Francesco linked to states in $2.$ that "... some stats behind are only viewable by you or a moderator." My answer to that question asks why "Last seen" was removed, plus what, if anything, are the future plans for it. Also, the specific use of that feature I stated in my answer is the same as what Christian mentions in the question here. $\endgroup$ Aug 12, 2021 at 0:18
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    $\begingroup$ I see the "last seen" information on the Physics Stack Exchange site where I'm a mod, but not on other sites. $\endgroup$
    – Buzz
    Aug 12, 2021 at 0:19
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    $\begingroup$ A related post on Mathematics Meta: Why has the number of profile views been removed from MSE? $\endgroup$ Aug 12, 2021 at 0:59
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    $\begingroup$ And it was spawned by this terrible UI change, which as of now has score −281. $\endgroup$
    – user21820
    Aug 12, 2021 at 3:54
  • $\begingroup$ I think that this information is still being collected and displayed on "Network Profile" pages. (This information is visible when I visit a Network Profile page logged out and in incognito mode, so cannot depend on any special privileges.) In particular, the "last-seen" information there is (at least) day-granular, not the week-granular that was supposedly restored yesterday as per meta.stackexchange.com/questions/368285/…. I am not sure what to make of this. $\endgroup$
    – dvitek
    Nov 5, 2021 at 1:38
  • $\begingroup$ @dvitek: Yes, it appears some variant of it is back, but for me it's week-wise, so if you visited 3 min ago, it will say "last seen this week". $\endgroup$ Nov 5, 2021 at 15:45


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