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Old 08-11-2012, 12:32 AM   #1
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Maybe I'm paranoid....

but I need to ask... does it ever bother you when you see that there are 300-400 "guests" online here reading or lurking? Sometimes I start an answer with some possibly semi-identifying info like my city or type of work and then I see the number of guests and delete it. Or I think of posting a pic, even of my pets, and then delete it. I guess it's the introvert in me.
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:42 AM   #2
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I lurked for years (five?) before I joined and posted. So I'm not surprised that so many lurk.

I told myself I wouldn't join and post until I FIREd. So it served as some incentive for me to reach my goal.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:43 AM   #4
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It would bother me if I didn't keep my personal info somewhat vague. Plus none of us use our real names.

Of course, 'privacy' in the age of the internet is a joke, but why make it easier for anybody?

Thought of the day: what if the government required us to report our associations, churches, names of all our friends, where/when we go on vacation, what politics we support?....yet on Facebook, people give that information freely!
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It would bother me if I didn't keep my personal info somewhat vague. Plus none of us use our real names.

Of course, 'privacy' in the age of the internet is a joke, but why make it easier for anybody?

Thought of the day: what if the government required us to report our associations, churches, names of all our friends, where/when we go on vacation, what politics we support?....yet on Facebook, people give that information freely!
Ain't that the truth. I'm not paranoid about using a forum like this, but I have no desire to participate on something like Facebook. Or at least to the extent some people use it.
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I am not prone to hissy-fits, but I hit the ceiling when a relative, who's the self-elected "family hub" of our large extended family, started a "family" site on FB - and encouraged someone to post a "family tree" containing the full names, maiden names, date and place of birth, childhood nicknames, names and birthdates of all children, and (naturally) mother's maiden names of living family members. Including me. Without permission.

I insisted the document be deleted from the site; and I can't find any evidence of it by using a search engine; but once stuff is out there, it's out there.

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Yes, I see what you mean about FB! I have an account but keep everything set to private. I only have a very few friends. No one can find me by the search feature unless you are already a friend.

Amethyst, I would have a fit, too!
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Ally, you bring up an interesting question about guests. When I went to this thread there were only 4 guests and 5 regulars online here. If one does not login they see an awful lot of advertising on this site. There are even Google ads inserted into some of the individual posts. So I cannot imagine why someone would remain outside for long just lurking.

There are millions of honest internet users out there. And a few with bad intentions.

It is wise to not mention too many money based personal details here.
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but I need to ask... does it ever bother you when you see that there are 300-400 "guests" online here reading or lurking? Sometimes I start an answer with some possibly semi-identifying info like my city or type of work and then I see the number of guests and delete it. Or I think of posting a pic, even of my pets, and then delete it. I guess it's the introvert in me.
I've yammered on for over five years on this forum. I've also included pics as well.

It doesn't bother me.

We all have to remember, this is an internet forum. All advice, experiences and pics have to be taken with a grain of salt.

Ally...you need to do what makes you feel comfortable. That is what matters.

...or you can do like me. On occasion, I post a pic of my little friend...




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I lurked for years (five?) before I joined and posted. So I'm not surprised that so many lurk.

I told myself I wouldn't join and post until I FIREd. So it served as some incentive for me to reach my goal.
Like you I lurked for about 4 years, but that was only now and then. I originally saw a link to this forum on Morningstar's Vanguard Diehards or whatever it was called back then. My reason for not joining was that I was looking for a really good general retirement forum, not an early retirement forum (but didn't find one that I liked so eventually I gave up and joined).

Honestly I don't know how I ever put up with the ads. If you don't log in, they are awful. Maybe they weren't so bad back then. Oddly, quite a few of our members apparently browse the forum without logging in.
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. On occasion, I post a pic of my little friend...




That's one intimidating bear you got there.
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Yeah, I get a little paranoid myself. I feel like I've given enough information here that if someone I know reads all my forum posts, he/she could probably figure out it's me. (Maybe my tactic should be to write a bunch of meaningless posts so this person won't be able to go through all my posts... Wait! Most of my posts are in fact pretty much meaningless already!)
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Is that a right arm bear?
Yes, I think she is saying that in this country, we have the right to arm bears....
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I don't know why people keep bringing up, er, bears to prove something. Don't you ever sleep? If you are really paranoid, I hope you have a partner to take turns sleeping and standing watch. Never let your guard down, I tell ya.

Anyway, I often surf without logging in. If I am logged in, I tend to post a lot more often. And if I post, then I will have to check in more often to see if anyone replies. It tends to take a lot of my time, and I need to do other things.

And then, and then, there are those who surf but with their cloaking device turned on. Yes, I am talkin' to you, you lurkers who know who you are.
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And then, and then, there are those who surf but with their cloaking device turned on. Yes, I am talkin' to you, you lurkers who know who you are.
Yep, plenty of Klingons and Romulans looking for advice on this site.
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PS. I am also including those who log on but turn on the cloaking feature in their User CP. They do not know that I have superhuman vision and can see them clearly as day.
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Yes, I think she is saying that in this country, we have the right to arm bears....


Methinks Teddy is ambidextrous. However, he's not that intimidating as he has no thumbs.
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