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Two and a half years, and still "THINKING ABOUT IT." We have nearly 10,000 site collections in our tenancy and nearly every one of them is going to have the wrong time zone for our corporation, by default. Brilliant, and oh so much fun to correct. Stop thinking about it and fix this already!
Thanks for the feedback. We are considering implementation of “Secret groups” in the near future.
The ability to set a Group as private now exists, but the default of Public is wreaking havoc on the trust of our users in or very large tenancy. As Tenant Admins, we need the ability to change the default setting from Public to Private such that a Group--when created--is created as a Private Group instead of as Public.
Well, that explains what is going on, but I also object to labeling this issue as being "by design." Using the Sharing feature in SharePoint leads to this issue. However, if you remove the user's Share from an Office document which is stored in a SharePoint library using the Office client's Share pane, it properly removes the user from the Shared With column in SharePoint. This is inconsistent behavior of Share removal. Since users expect the user to always be removed from the Shared With column, the problem reported should NOT be dismissed as "by design." Please fix.
We are working on many of these report areas right now. We have a tenant-wide user activity report in development right now. The next report we will work on will be a tenant-wide site usage and activity report. After that, we will look at various other tenant-wide reports, including page-views, and storage metrics.
The stats provided in SharePoint Online have been giving me problems, as well. Only way I'm getting Hits and Users is in the Excel report. APIs to get these values are always returning zero (0) with no explanation of the time period those values would be for.
As from 2010, I need to be able to get the following through APIs: Hits, average daily users, number of files, number of lists, number of webs, number of files, and storage. I can manage to get these in SharePoint Server 2013, but not all of them with SharePoint Online. This data--and more--is collected from multiple farms and tenancies into one master list (thus the need for APIs) used to show business owners what they have and how it is being used.