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Unfortunately David there are people who may store that information and use it for nefarious purposes as has been seen on other web sites.

Better to put as little personal info onto the open web as is possible.

Only when it's safe and you have confidence in who you're dealing with then by all means tell them in a message.

Trust nobody and you'll never be disappointed.

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I can't see how it matters where a person is from personally. I recently saw on another cruise site where one member from the south of the country absolutely slated those who live north of Watford and it wasn't very pretty. I agree with the Terminator, wait until you feel you want to share you information on a need to know basis, not for general knowledge. At the end of the day, whilst I do not think that a persons information can be accessed without being a member (I might be wrong) I do know that posts can obviously be seen without logging and I think with your location. If a person is good at putting two and two together, the wrong type of person may soon cotton on who you are etc…..

 

Just my views… sorry if I have offended anyone.  :)

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Hi Pip Pip

Nobody is saying you can't put up as much info as you want..I was just making a point to the OP that there are people around that keep records of not only personal info but conversations within these forums.

Why they do it is beyond me but be assured it happens.

 

im not saying any body is saying you cant put up as much info as you want, i was replying to the original post of what do you think of putting locations on, in which i meant its up to the individual if they want to put thier location on, and there may be a reason, as you pointed out, as to why they have not put it on :)

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I'm really not understanding what all the fuss is about here. You've got a username which people can see and it's common sense that you don't use your real name. Nobody can see your email or IP address, so what's the problem with setting a location, you could even put your county rather than your city. 

 

For instance, try tracking down Tom Cruise in Sheffield... you've got no chance  :lol:

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I'm really not understanding what all the fuss is about here. You've got a username which people can see and it's common sense that you don't use your real name. Nobody can see your email or IP address, so what's the problem with setting a location, you could even put your county rather than your city. 

 

For instance, try tracking down Tom Cruise in Sheffield... you've got no chance  :lol:

 

 

Hi Tom

Not at the moment but any extra snippets of personal info you may put up without thinking could be used for profiling...believe me I've seen it done before.

There are people who use specialist software for exactly this scenario.

Am I being paranoid? Maybe, but once done it can't be undone....

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Hi Tom

Not at the moment but any extra snippets of personal info you may put up without thinking could be used for profiling...believe me I've seen it done before.

There are people who use specialist software for exactly this scenario.

Am I being paranoid? Maybe, but once done it can't be undone....

 

Again it’s common sense as to the info you post on a public forum, but referring to the original post of setting your location when signing up I’d try not to worry too much.

 

Security concerns would arise if a member's personal details (email address, password, IP address) could be accessed. But even then the forum doesn’t ask for or hold any valuable info such as your real name, home address, telephone number, or more importantly bank details etc.  

 

It’s always recommended that you use a different password for forums, social networking, email, online banking etc. That way if someone cracks one they can't access everything.  

 

Tom

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I'm really not understanding what all the fuss is about here. You've got a username which people can see and it's common sense that you don't use your real name. Nobody can see your email or IP address, so what's the problem with setting a location, you could even put your county rather than your city. 

 

For instance, try tracking down Tom Cruise in Sheffield... you've got no chance  :lol:

 

 Quite agree Tom.  All someone has is a Username. Who know if the 'location' given is true anyway. A fuss over nothing methinks.

 

cheers

Harvey

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Hi Tom

Not at the moment but any extra snippets of personal info you may put up without thinking could be used for profiling...believe me I've seen it done before.

There are people who use specialist software for exactly this scenario.

Am I being paranoid? Maybe, but once done it can't be undone....

Good afternoon Terminator.

 

I take the view that if someone has 'specialist software' to track someone down then they will do it regardless of the information you give in your profile. You may not be paranoid but you may be a tad over cautious. It's only a cruise forum - no banking details required.

 

cheers

Harvey

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Good afternoon Terminator.

I take the view that if someone has 'specialist software' to track someone down then they will do it regardless of the information you give in your profile. You may not be paranoid but you may be a tad over cautious. It's only a cruise forum - no banking details required.

cheers

Harvey

Hi Harvey

They could only track you down by profiling i.e.building a picture from snippets of information gathered and stored over time.

I've seen it done ..and then the poster has had that information published without their approval.

They don't necessarily need your i.p. address, but that would be the icing on the cake as I'm sure you're aware...

And I take it that your real name is Harvey and you really do live in Bristol on Cream?

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Hi Harvey

They could only track you down by profiling i.e.building a picture from snippets of information gathered and stored over time.

I've seen it done ..and then the poster has had that information published without their approval.

They don't necessarily need your i.p. address, but that would be the icing on the cake as I'm sure you're aware...

And I take it that your real name is Harvey and you really do live in Bristol on Cream?

 

 Good evening Terminator

 

Just to clarify - of course my name is Harvey and I do live in Bristol upon Cream - a small hamlet in rural Berkshire. :rolleyes:

 

cheers

Harvey

 

cheers

Harvey

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Good afternoon Terminator.

 

I take the view that if someone has 'specialist software' to track someone down then they will do it regardless of the information you give in your profile. You may not be paranoid but you may be a tad over cautious. It's only a cruise forum - no banking details required.

 

cheers

Harvey

 

Like it Harvey.

 

I find it odd even addressing some members by series of letters and numbers.

 

Nowt wrong with a simple christian name, hardly giving too much away.

 

Unless of course... 

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Hi Harvey

They could only track you down by profiling i.e.building a picture from snippets of information gathered and stored over time.

I've seen it done ..and then the poster has had that information published without their approval.

They don't necessarily need your i.p. address, but that would be the icing on the cake as I'm sure you're aware...

And I take it that your real name is Harvey and you really do live in Bristol on Cream?

 

But surely if someone quotes a 'snippet' - given freely and openly on an internet website - that is well within the rules.

 

The only embarrassment is when a poster makes conflicting statements and is then reminded of their mistakes.

 

All of a sudden there are accusations of stalking.

 

You couldn't make it up.

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But surely if someone quotes a 'snippet' - given freely and openly on an internet website - that is well within the rules.

 

The only embarrassment is when a poster makes conflicting statements and is then reminded of their mistakes.

 

All of a sudden there are accusations of stalking.

 

You couldn't make it up.

Hello Richard

Why would you want to remind people of their mistakes? Why would you see that as your remit?

And why would you want to store info about posters...most people wouldn't dream of such a thing.

And yes that probably would come under the heading of stalking.

And having seen some of the vitriol you've posted on your blog at posters who have crossed you I'd be a bit worried at how you deal with that information.

As you say

You couldn't make it up.

 

And to be honest, if any other prospective posters of this site read some of that I would imagine it would put them off from ever joining in on here.

It's certainly scared me, especially the attack on Cruisingmates...that does you no justice whatsoever.

Revealing names and i.p.addressess is not the way to attract more joiners for your blog...how can people trust you after seeing that?

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Hello Richard

Why would you want to remind people of their mistakes? Why would you see that as your remit?

And why would you want to store info about posters...most people wouldn't dream of such a thing.

And yes that probably would come under the heading of stalking.

And having seen some of the vitriol you've posted on your blog at posters who have crossed you I'd be a bit worried at how you deal with that information.

As you say

You couldn't make it up.

 

And to be honest, if any other prospective posters of this site read some of that I would imagine it would put them off from ever joining in on here.

It's certainly scared me, especially the attack on Cruisingmates...that does you no justice whatsoever.

Revealing names and i.p.addressess is not the way to attract more joiners for your blog...how can people trust you after seeing that?

 

Good afternoon Terminator.

 

I had a hunch my comment would elicit a response from you.

 

I'm pleased to hear you are a follower of my blog and am now pretty sure we have chatted before though I would suspect with a different sockpuppet.

 

My screen name remains the same wherever I blog. Does yours?

 

Oh, and by the way, nothing I write isn't fact either. 

 

So if you want to discuss vitriol I'm up for it: there are plenty of examples to quote.

 

Have a nice day, mine has just got better.

 

And I'll be back too.

 

Solent Richard

 

PS. Hardly a need to store anything either, you just use the tools available - why else is there a 'quote' facility on these sites -  and know where to look.

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In consideration of my blog being quoted may I just add that in just under 9 months it has received just over 29,000 hits and has been visited from 80 countries.

 

Not bad for a beginner. :D  :D

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Good afternoon Terminator.

I had a hunch my comment would elicit a response from you.

I'm pleased to hear you are a follower of my blog and am now pretty sure we have chatted before though I would suspect with a different sockpuppet.

My screen name remains the same wherever I blog. Does yours?

Oh, and by the way, nothing I write isn't fact either.

So if you want to discuss vitriol I'm up for it: there are plenty of examples to quote.

Have a nice day, mine has just got better.

And I'll be back too.

Solent Richard

PS. Hardly a need to store anything either, you just use the tools available - why else is there a 'quote' facility on these sites - and know where to look.

Good Evening Richard

I can assure you that we haven't crossed paths before as this is my first foray into the world of cruise fora ...and probably my last.

I am my own man and do not need to resort to subterfuge. ..

If you hadn't put the link to your blog I would not know of it's existence.

If berating other cruise websites is the path you wish to tread then that is your business. ..I most certainly won't be visiting again but I wish you well with the venture.

I just think it's a shame that someone with your undoubted intelligence feels the need to treat fellow cruisers in such a manner.

I won't be commenting on this thread again...and may even withdraw from the forum completely as it hasn't really come up to my expectations.

Best wishes to Bolsover as well...I have a feeling they may need it.

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