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Sblv  (Level: 195.8 - Posts: 337)
Sun, 30th Jul '06 2:05 AM


Here is my question. While trying to locate people from Illinois area for our planned meeting on Sept. 17 I found out that many people do not have their profile information available. Is there a reason for this? I get a better sense of a community when I know just a bit about other people's location, interests, occupation. Thank you.

Sun, 30th Jul '06 3:33 AM

Addressing this one ASAP!

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sun, 30th Jul '06 9:12 AM

Dear Sblv:

I grew up in a community where we did not lock our doors, and it was safe as a child to play outside and walk through the neighborhood unsupervised by an adult. We all watched out for each other, and it worked. Idyllic by today's standards.

What's this got to do with the internet? The internet community dwarfs the little part of the world I grew up in. Many people do not include private data in their Sploofus public profile because it is just that: public. One does not have to be a member of Sploofus to access the public profiles of hundreds of Sploofus members: all the quiz authors, all the leader boards, the ďNOW PLAYINGĒ, and any page where a hyperlink to the memberís public profile is displayed. The Chat Forum is also accessible without a Sploofus membership. Now, maybe Sploofus has put a clever cookie on my computer that says ďI know itís really you, JeanneĒ and let me access the above information without being logged on, but I donít know that.

So itís not surprising that many people do not put any information on a Sploofus public profile, and I hope that option stays. The Privacy Policy in the Terms of Use protects my email address and other info I provided when I signed up, and promises to only provide aggregate data to third parties.

Hey, Iím not trying to be a wet blanket. Just donít want to get caught up in the enthusiasm of a Sploofus get-together and compromise private data unnecessarily!

Wish I could be there on the 17th....


Gypsylady  (Level: 149.2 - Posts: 6102)
Sun, 30th Jul '06 9:24 AM

I'm like you Jeanne. I grew up in a small community and it's alway been my nature to be open with people; however, times have changed and I was very skeptical at first as to how much I put in a profile. As I became more familiar with everything and everyone on the site, I felt freer to release more information. I feel there needs to be a limit as to how much is released and it should be up to the individual. I'm still not sure if I have posted more than I should have.


Sblv  (Level: 195.8 - Posts: 337)
Sun, 30th Jul '06 10:05 AM

Dear Jeanne,

I hope there is no misunderstanding, I am not for giving out all private information to the public. I was just little frustrated seeing that location for so many people is N/A.
This whole chat experience is very new for me, and actually being able to communicate with someone in the UK,Australia or Canada is great. So, I think protecting an e-mail and other more private info is neccessary, but at least, have a country, a state or a province included.
Thanks again, Simon ( Ooops, I just gave out my real name. )

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sun, 30th Jul '06 10:27 AM

Simon! Is that really you?...

No misunderstanding...I love the fact that this is a friendly site! Some people are just private, and I respect that. But I see it can be frustrating!

By the way, I expect PICTURES! Since I won't be there, would love to see some of the fun I will miss!

Jeanne (my real name)

Surreyman  (Level: 274.4 - Posts: 2775)
Sun, 30th Jul '06 12:50 PM

Obviously we should all protect ourselves from those who could enter sites and totally misuse any information available.
But I agree. Surely first name, age, sex, occupation, hobbies, town/state/county/country could/should be there - they give nothing away to misusers.
Frankly, I'd suggest to Justin that he considers whether basic 'neutral' info should be 'required'.

Allena  (Level: 268.6 - Posts: 1414)
Sun, 30th Jul '06 10:57 PM

Surreyman is right...he lives in an incubator of history, knows that he is being watched and doesn't care. The time to be private is when Justin asks for our Social Security number and mother's maiden name. The truth is, we are more public when we open a charge account then on Sploofus. Besides, who knows if what you say is true?

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sun, 30th Jul '06 11:06 PM

I have a confession - Lodi isn't my real name.


Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sun, 30th Jul '06 11:38 PM

I did open a new Visa card account the other day, and though my application did not make the local papers, it was in the NY Times.

- Susan

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