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#1 OFFLINE   longrider

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:17 AM

Watching the discussions about location in the gas price thread made me wonder about this.  Why would anyone be unwilling to say what town or even what state they live in?  While I would never post my home address, phone number or even email on a discussion forum the truth is there are a lot easier ways to find me in today's world then to do the detective work required from getting my town in a forum.  Before anyone says anything this is NOT aimed at the member involved in the gas price thread, that is just what really made me think about it.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:57 AM

You know  - I don't mind helping people with their TV reception issues - but in order to do that, you have to have a vague idea where they live. People that want help without providing info have been getting a pass from me on helping them.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:08 PM

I think it gives people a false sense of security just like thinking a chain on your front door is actually going to prevent someone from kicking the door in?  


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:15 PM

It would be useful if more listed their DMA, which of course may not be the actual city or even state they live in.

 

Same goes for a basic listing of their equipment (and kept current). Of course some would be excluded, I'm not sure I want to know what VOS has at home, but he isn't exactly the type that needs our help anyway,



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 12:19 PM

For some, it's ignorance of the benefits to all in some discussions. For some, it's laziness. For some, it's perversity. For some it is fear. I've probably left out some other important "reason". 


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:53 PM

I agree!  Why post a gas price for location - USA???

 

You've already posted on the internet, anyone that wants your location already has it.



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 07:13 PM

I actually like to see where people are from!  I'm always interested in hearing about places in the country I have never been to, or heard of.


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Posted 20 October 2013 - 08:20 PM

I don't mind a vague location ... a more accurate location helps in some threads. There is no rule that requires that a location be given in any thread - but there are certainly threads where it helps the conversation. If a user refuses to give a useful enough location it is easy to move on to another post or another thread without making a big deal out of the omission.
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Posted 21 October 2013 - 04:39 AM

I don't mind a vague location ... a more accurate location helps in some threads. There is no rule that requires that a location be given in any thread - but there are certainly threads where it helps the conversation. If a user refuses to give a useful enough location it is easy to move on to another post or another thread without making a big deal out of the omission.

Well said. Unfortunately for some it's not easy for them to move on to another post or thread without making a big deal out of my omission.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 07:30 AM

MysteryMan, as I said in my opening post this thread is not aimed at you, it was just your ongoing discussion in the other thread that inspired this. I have been on discussion forums long before I signed up here and have seen a few people who feel as you do. I am just trying to get insight into why people feel that way as I do not see it.  I agree with what James Long said, there is no obligation to post a location and in threads where a location is relevant I just ignore posts with no location.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 08:17 AM

My guess is that some folks are paranoid. I have seen a few posters that mention that they have a 26 or longer characters password in their wireless network. They feel that this is more secure than having a shorter one. I dont agree


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:04 AM

The more people post on this subject the more comical and amusing it gets. Take the time to look and you'll find there are a abundance of DBSTalk members who not only do not list their location but have left their profile a blank. But nobody's jumping through hoops over that. There could be one or more reasons why I chose not to list my location. Being paranoid is NOT one of them. Maybe my user name has something to do with it. Maybe I have amnesia and can't remember where I live. Maybe my grammar isn't up to par and I can't spell my location. Maybe I reside at more than one location as many people do. Maybe I enjoying seeing people's reaction to me not listing my location. I could go on but why bother. There will always be those who get extremely upset over trivial things. That's their business. Not listing my location is my business.  


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:07 AM

For some, it's ignorance of the benefits to all in some discussions. For some, it's laziness. For some, it's perversity. For some it is fear. I've probably left out some other important "reason". 

 

Oh, it's that some are just dug in on the issue, and will never change. A few seem to relish the attention it gets. They won't change, either.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:23 AM

Oh, it's that some are just dug in on the issue, and will never change. A few seem to relish the attention it gets. They won't change, either.

 

I know where most folks on the forum live, even the people that don't post their locations.  How?  If I find them interesting (you, for example, because of the controversy involving your user name when you joined us), I PM them and find out that way.  And I respect their privacy and never reveal their location.

 

All that said, it does drive me nutz at times when location becomes part of the conversation and I don't know where the posters are.

 

Kind of a conundrum, no?

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:44 AM

Whaaaaaaaatttttt!!!! I interesting only due to my handle???? I am very insulted.....

 

:)

 

Seeing a location helps me visualize posters, important to me. Of course, my visualizations bear no resemblance to reality, except for those members I've met, and they all post their locations anyhow. 


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:16 AM

Watching the discussions about location in the gas price thread made me wonder about this.  Why would anyone be unwilling to say what town or even what state they live in?  While I would never post my home address, phone number or even email on a discussion forum the truth is there are a lot easier ways to find me in today's world then to do the detective work required from getting my town in a forum.  Before anyone says anything this is NOT aimed at the member involved in the gas price thread, that is just what really made me think about it.

 

They believe it makes 'em more secure. It doesn't, but you'll never convince 'em.

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:17 AM

Whaaaaaaaatttttt!!!! I interesting only due to my handle???? I am very insulted.....

 

:)

 

Seeing a location helps me visualize posters, important to me. Of course, my visualizations bear no resemblance to reality, except for those members I've met, and they all post their locations anyhow. 

 

For those of you that don't get what we're talking about, some of us thought the Lax part of his user name referred to a commonly used laxative.  Seriously.  We had a lot of fun with that and him.  He handled all that with his usual good humor and I learned what the acronym for LaCrosse is.

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:19 AM

You know  - I don't mind helping people with their TV reception issues - but in order to do that, you have to have a vague idea where they live. People that want help without providing info have been getting a pass from me on helping them.

 

Their Location is the first thing I check when an area is involved. If it's blank, I move onto the next post or thread.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:23 AM

I think it gives people a false sense of security just like thinking a chain on your front door is actually going to prevent someone from kicking the door in?  

 

My home security for years has always been a German Shepard. Yep, they can be quickly defeated, but not by your common burglar.


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Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:24 AM

It would be useful if more listed their DMA, which of course may not be the actual city or even state they live in.

 

Same goes for a basic listing of their equipment (and kept current). Of course some would be excluded, I'm not sure I want to know what VOS has at home, but he isn't exactly the type that needs our help anyway,

 

The forum could make that mandatory.


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