Well, I have been inactive on the MSE for quite some time due to personal problems and as I came back I observed that earlier I could see on the profile on users that at what date and time they have been active last on MSE website.

The use of it to me was that sometimes the users answering my questions would not been seen for long time and then I would put bounty on the question if I was not able to fully understand their solution.

Also, a lot of times the questions which I had were already asked and answered on MSE and I would ask in comments when I had some questions in attempts of user or answerer. But if the user had been inactive for quite a long time I would pose a question linking that previous question as user might have deceided not to be active for a variety of reasons.

So, I think it was quite a useful feature not for just me but a lot of users.

So, why was this feature disabled?

Also, in case there are some chances that it might be re - enabled then I would like to vote positively for such a feature.



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You can find several places where this is discussed. The main announcement is Some changes to the profile while we make it responsive (on Meta Stack Exchange). Specifically, John Omielan's answer is about this issue and contains links to some other places where it was raised/discussed. Also if you browse the linked questions, you can find other related posts such as: Why did Stack Exchange remove the "last seen" feature?, Why are "Last seen", "xxx profile views", "Member for", and "Visited xxx days, xxx consecutive" information now missing from the Profile page?

This question on Mathematics Meta is also related: Why has the number of profile views been removed from MSE?

We can't say whether the Stack Exchange decides to bring this feature back at some point. If you read the linked discussion, you can see some arguments why it should be removed and some arguments why it would be useful to keep it.

While this feature is not available, here are some things you could use:


This feature has been brought back.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for informing us. I quote: “ We’ve restored "last seen" to all users, but with less granularity. Last seen, in its original granularity of seconds, is a potential vector for abuse. When discussing with our trust & safety team, we determined that knowing someone used the site within a week is plenty of granularity and should satisfy existing use cases. Now, public users can see if the user has participated this week, more than a week ago, more than a month ago, and more than x years ago.” from the meta.SE post $\endgroup$ Nov 3, 2021 at 5:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Maths Thanks for letting me know $\endgroup$
    – Avenger
    Nov 3, 2021 at 7:58

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