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tabasco posted 02-28-2002 01:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for tabasco   Send Email to tabasco  
Thought I might stir the pot and air my pet peeve.
I understand if someone doesn't want to include their e-mail address in their profile, however I find it very annoying if I don't know where in the USA this person is located when making a post. Especially if they are trying to sell a boat.
It helps me understand their thinking based on where they are from.
(OK no Minnesota jokes)
JBCornwell posted 02-28-2002 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
I agree.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Chap posted 02-28-2002 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Ah yes, I agree tabasco.
Though residing in NYC and according to your Mayor's recent utterance, you should not need any addtional info,......., oh my omniscient Gotham City dweller. I bow. ;)


JFM posted 02-28-2002 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
I never thought it was fair not to do so. But after thinking about it, perhaps some are embarrassed or ashamed of what they do or where they live. Regards, Jay
dscew posted 02-28-2002 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
I have to agree, but then, I'm from Minnesota, and we always agree so we won't have to apologize. Sorry...
LKS posted 02-28-2002 06:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
I agree. Location is particularly important for Marketplace posts. Any way to make this a required field?
Buckda posted 02-28-2002 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I think it should remain a personal decision.

It's important to allow people anonimity on the Web - even on a friendly site such as this.

Posting an ad in marketplace and not posting where in the world you are is only the fault of the seller - and only hurting his/her opportunity to sell.

Perhaps when registering there could be a prompt that suggests they include state only if they choose to not put a city - so that people could determine if they are close enough to "bid" on an item for sale.

But listen to us - suggesting more work for JimH! Shame on us!

LKS posted 03-01-2002 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
Point taken by the man downstairs. I withdraw my suggestion. -- LKS
LKS posted 03-01-2002 07:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
(Point of clarification: It turns out that Buckda and I work in the same building; we've never met, but share the same elevators every day.)
JFM posted 03-01-2002 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
On my point above, maybe some don't want to make us envious either. Regards, Jay
Bigshot posted 03-01-2002 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Oh sunny days.....hehehhe.
Buckda posted 03-11-2002 01:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
One other point on this that I found interesting. Spammers use software that "Crawls" the web searching for e-mail addresses on Web sites. Keeping your e-mail address out of your profile might help to reduce the number of Spam mail you get.

Personally, I choose to keep my e-mail in my profile so that if someone wants to answer a question or send me detailed info - they won't have any trouble, but my work has a spam filter on the E-mail server that keeps all the trash out....if you don't have such a filter, you may wish to reconsider.

Just a thought.

Buckda posted 03-11-2002 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
P.S. LKS - I may soon be moving across the street to the AON Center...But I still find it incredible that we work so close to each other.
tabasco posted 03-11-2002 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
The e-mail address I have no problem's up to you if you want e-mail from members of the forum.

MY PROBLEM is that people don't put their location. Florida ,Mass. Calif. I still see no reason not to put your location. Your not revealing any great secret.......unless your name is the "Whaler Guy"

lhg posted 03-11-2002 03:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
What about the possibility that boat theives troll these pages, looking for nice Whalers to steal? Do we need to worry about that?
MilwaukeeWhaler posted 03-11-2002 03:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for MilwaukeeWhaler  Send Email to MilwaukeeWhaler     
or how about that new GM commercial where the boat detaches itself from the motor home and hooks up to the Trailblazer. That is too much food for thought for evil do-ers. Be aware this summer!!!!!!!!!!!!
tabasco posted 03-11-2002 03:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
If you put down your location as Florida, or Connecticut I think they may have a hard time finding which town and then where you live or where the boat is located............and if everything else fails.........that's what we have insurance for.
daverdla posted 03-11-2002 03:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
If your ISP allows you to have multiple email addresses, create an email address that you use for online purchases, newsgroups, etc. Set the rules in outlook to deliver all email addressed to that account to a separate folder. It makes it easy to keep emails from family, friends and business separated from the junk email. If the junk email starts to get overwelming, simply delete that account and start a new one. I also have rules set to auto-delete anything naughty.

The only drawback is you have to keep track of places that you wnat to continue recieving info from but still don't trust them with your "normal" email address, like ebay, online stores, etc.

I just had to change my email because of @home's demise. Its been a pain but I haven't gotten any junk email in about two weeks.


blackdog posted 03-12-2002 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Nice email address. Good idea!
TightPenny posted 03-12-2002 04:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
Don't worry Dave, the junk will come along soon enough. I too am enjoying the diminished amount of spam since @home went south.

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