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Is there any way to remove username and date from comments section?

asked 2019-03-05 21:03:13 +0200

sidorowr gravatar image

updated 2019-03-17 16:53:01 +0200

It is exessive data i don't use. It occupies space which is precious when comments are dense.

I don't know anything about programming but I imagine the solution as changing some parameter or deleting few lines of code. Some plugin could be useful but i haven't found what i need in extensions website.

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answered 2019-05-17 12:27:39 +0200

I also would like this to be implemented. In universities, we use annotate scripts using LibreOffice, and it would be nice if there is an option to remove the timestamp from the comments.

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answered 2019-05-02 15:00:32 +0200

I also want to second this request. There are at least two scenarios that I encounter. One scenario is that I don't want my clients to have insight into my workflow, and the other is that we sometimes need to give comments without identifying the person who does the commenting (because we as editors want to speak with one voice). I frequently have to delete all the comments towards the end and then re-insert them to avoid giving away this sort of information, which can mean as much as an hour extra work.

Please, please remove this stupid time stamp and other identifying information. As OP points out, it is also unnecessary clutter.

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I am against this information being removed. This information supports the responsibility of the writer.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2019-05-17 12:51:20 +0200 )edit

This is a moral reason. It is bound to be ineffective, since there is no way to distinguish between the cases in which the author has a responsibility to make his editing habits available and those in which it does not. In any case, the right to privacy trumps any such concerns.

JohnAvi gravatar imageJohnAvi ( 2019-05-17 13:25:58 +0200 )edit

Not morally, but legally. I am glad that you have only one voice and you do not decide what is valid or invalid. Your idea of it only pervades in your head.

ebot gravatar imageebot ( 2019-05-17 13:33:47 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-03-16 06:52:51 +0200

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updated 2019-03-16 06:53:57 +0200

I want to second the above poster. This feature has been requested repeatedly for almost a decade yet the function to remove the date/time stamp from comments has still not been implemented. As somebody pointed out in another thread on this topic, for those of us who use LO when dealing with sensitive documents such as lawyers, academics, editors, it is imperative that identifying information is not made available. Can somebody from LO please take charge of this?

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Oh so of course those lawyers, academics, and editors have funded that so-much-needed development?

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-03-16 08:12:21 +0200 )edit

What a remarkably asinine and unhelpful comment.

melevolence gravatar imagemelevolence ( 2019-03-16 14:05:17 +0200 )edit

Oh really?

Whenever I see comments that in a free software, some feature is wanted, I can understand that users might want that, and hope that some kind developer would sometime find it interesting and implement it. But when I read that some missing feature is critical for some business scenario, and that some professionals that use the free software (and obviously get profits using it fir free - which is perfectly normal and great) wait that someone in a community around the free software to "take charge" of the implementation of the so-much-wanted feature, for free, in their free time, to please those who make money from that - that feels unfair. Really. If you have not to pay for a software does not mean that producing it is free for those who do that. So - hiring a developer to make needed changes; or crowdfunding to make that done; or other ...(more)

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-03-16 14:46:39 +0200 )edit

It is rather noble of you to act as a self-appointed LO paladin but you are making a number of assumptions here, not least that myself and presumably other users requesting this feature have not made a financial commitment to LO. I should add that I don't expect anything in return for my donation, other than a utilizable alternative to MS Office, the very reason I first embraced OO. This particular feature is one that has been requested repeatedly, has been considered as a bug, and has still not been resolved. I can only write for myself but knowing that this feature is available in MS Word I would like to see it finally added to LO so that I can continue to support the Document Foundation and LO.

melevolence gravatar imagemelevolence ( 2019-03-16 15:13:17 +0200 )edit

IMO, I think it's great that documents have some basic information in them about where they came from. I think if anything, more, not less, information should be added to LO documents, about who wrote them and when. Anonymity is being used in the world to allow people to not be responsible for their actions. To not shine to bright a light on it, anonymity is being used by white radical extremists in the US, New Zealand, and Europe to organize under dark hats to attack and murder innocent people. An attorney does not need to be anonymous, nor an academic, nor an editor. But someone who writes garbage on bathroom walls is an example of ordinary, despicable anonymity.

EasyTrieve gravatar imageEasyTrieve ( 2019-03-16 18:55:14 +0200 )edit

I probably shouldn't waste my time responding to what seems like obvious trolling but if for one moment you are actually serious then you have absolutely no idea whatsoever about any of the occupations you've just equated with murderous fascists. What you wrote is despicable, adds nothing to the feature request thread, and I'd like to ask you to refrain from commenting further on my request for assistance.

melevolence gravatar imagemelevolence ( 2019-03-16 22:36:35 +0200 )edit

@melevolence: There are a number of issues in your answer here, some of them triggering the harsh responses. So I try to summarize them here:

  1. Your answer is actually about a different issue, only distantly related to the original question. OP has asked for a feature to save space in comment's area - and the question didn't actually require to remove sensitive data from the document, only to collapse the unnecessarily used space where it could be used with more value to OP. It's even not obvious that OP actually has any sensitive info there - it might happen well that OP doesn't have personal data filled, and so only has that generic "Unknown author" text with date, which is also not needed in OP's case. But you are talking about anonymizing document.

  2. You use Answer for what is not an answer on an Ask site - i ...

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-03-17 07:21:58 +0200 )edit

Then, you mention "This particular feature is one that has been requested repeatedly, has been considered as a bug" - then please don't forget to reference those things - e.g., when I read your comment, I wanted to look at those. It's good to never forget to reference anything you mention in your questions/comments.

Any feature request is only suitable on bug tracker. This is peer-to-peer community help site - so your question is targeted on other users, not to developers here.

And actually saying about donations, you yourself make multiple assumptions - e.g. about your donation helps development, while in reality, donations only help to keep LO free (a really great value! - thank you for the donations you made) - but almost never go to developers (only in form of tenders on very specific tasks from time to time). So donations has ~nothing to do with funding some specific ...(more)

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-03-17 07:29:16 +0200 )edit
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