I previously posted similar in the leader boards forum:
I would like opt out from including my activities on leader boards, by default, or ... make it an opt in feature for general users instead of opt out.
One comment I got back previously was to change privacy settings. Also, coming into an individual activity after the fact an marking it 'virtual' will disable the data going into leader boards. But these not what I'm looking for here.
I'm not concerned with privacy on this. I don't care who sees my times on anything. And I typically want activities to remain public: they sometimes are to show my own explorations on bicycle, with a few photos and some commentary of what I found there, for a given map track. This is one of my uses of Strava and what keeps me engaged in useful exercise.
I don't want to manually edit everything as virtual. I do want mileage tracked and on which specific bike. I may look at my own times, or disregard if I can see they are not legitimate.
Here is what I don't like about leader boards: if anything goes wrong, I potentially have to hear back from someone about stealing their KOM. 3 historical cases
While new to Strava, in an accident. Traveled to hospital and home in vehicles. Recording was running for several days. I saved it as showing where and when the accident occurred. Received a fake KOM.
Erroneous empty recording of an 80+ mile activity by the android phone app. I reproduced it with gotoes.org. Next day I notice I have multiple KOMs
Poor GPS signal in the woods puts me on a different trail (a tough climb on gravel and a few erosion control steps) from the one I actually rode that day (easy). I am currently 4th overall and best of the year for a segment I wasn't on.
The opinion that has grown on me is that leader boards game is fun concept but doesn't actually work well. But I'm forced into a game I am not interested in playing.