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In my opinion, people should exercise caution when doing anything online. If a low-life hacker gets a hold of personal info ....ffffffffft there goes! :cry: Dirtballs that they are.

I know that just recently a post was made about some of our desires for registered members to elaborate -just a little bit- about where they are from (even if it's just a geographical region or state).

Come on new people! Throw us a bone! :) At least tell us a little bit about yourselves in the who r u and where ya from thingie!

Fellowship and common interests, in my opinion, is what a forum like this is all about! :?

We won't bite! :) (wellll, uhh,... sometimes we get a little, ahem, testy :wink: ) So come on now darnit and pulleeze update your profiles so that we don't have to sit here and guess as to who it is that we are "looking" at!

Hang it out there a lil bit! I know that many of you are willing to take a slight risk in life (heck - you wouldn't be a burgman/scooter/motorcycle enthusiast if you weren't a bit of a risk taker!)

Just a hopefull request!

Doe! .... edit - edit...PS - I knew I should have mentioned the email thing like frugality did below! Darnit! :oops: Thanks frugal! V/good advice! Pls notice my mailbox ain't hanging out there ya'll! Frugality is absolutely correct! Please keep your email addresses close to your chest! - Sorry for that whopping omission! :oops:

My bad! Spank!! Spank!!

Your friendly absent-minded arse-hat! :D

Pete
 

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It's a fine line -- showing enough of yourself to show you're genuine, but not showing too much that you get taken advantage of. I agree that it's nice for people to give enough information that we can see where they are, what they ride, etc. (this also helps give advice as well if we know some of the details. and we also know whether to give figures in miles or kilometers :wink: )

One tip, though: I know that posting your email address is a nice and friendly thing to do, and it's great that people are willing to let others but them at their personal email address if they have a question. But this opens yourself up to a lot of spam. I participated on a wood kayak builders' bulletin board for a couple of years (can we get trailers for our scooters to haul an 18' cedar strip kayak? 8) ) and had my email address visible on every post I made. Later on, I started receiving a lot of spam, mostly porn spam. (And no, I wasn't visiting any of those sites.) I ended up having to get a new email address just to get away from all that junk mail. Someone was probably scouring the internet for email addresses. Bulletin boards like this area great place for less-than-scrupulous people to find a lot of email address with relative ease. So I'd recommend you not make your email address availible here unless you have a business or service where communication is more necessary. Let people send you a private message here and then swap email addresses.

O.K., that's my public service announcement for today. Oh, and as Bob Barker says, "help control the pet population...have your pet spayed or neutered..." :D
 

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frugality said:
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One tip, though: I know that posting your email address is a nice and friendly thing to do, and it's great that people are willing to let others but them at their personal email address if they have a question. But this opens yourself up to a lot of spam.
I use a gmail account for group stuff.
 

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frugality said:
One tip, though: I know that posting your email address is a nice and friendly thing to do, and it's great that people are willing to let others but them at their personal email address if they have a question. But this opens yourself up to a lot of spam.
I found that to be true when I participated in Yahoo groups. It hasn't really been an issue here. The spammers can harvest a lot more email addresses at a huge site like Yahoo. At one time I belonged to 3 Yahoo groups, and I was getting triplicate copies of spam messages - so it was pretty obvious where they were getting my address.
 

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Spammers can't get to me no matter what address I use.

Choicemail One stops them cold.

NOBODY's spam email even gets as far as my computer with this program.

The filtering is under my control, but they are stopped at the ISP level.

It is permission based NOT rule based.
If you are not on my white list you don't get through, period.

As of right now this program has prevented 113466 spam emails since last fall. 18 today!
Love it.

Cut my emails down from 150 or so per day to about 10.
 

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If you don't add your address to your signature section of your profile or manually add it to a post, your email will not be 'harvested' by spammers. In order to send a message to an forum members email address, you have to use the forums web based page. Once you send an email, your real email is then exposed. I don't post my emal in open forum but do reply to emails sent to me from the forums or will send my email address via PM.
 

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Myself, I don't care, an e-mail address is like a disposable lighter to me. It seems this electronic computer world is only as important as you let it be.
Anyone I may really want or need to talk to has my unlisted phone # ,
everyone else has my e-mail & regular phone.
I would no more give out real information over the net then I would on my phone, come to think of it-- Maybe less :)
 

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I get over 2,000 emails daily, so I have filters running that automatically sort/store/delete most of my stuff. I hate spammers - but it doesn't take much of a filter to stop them. My Lotus Notes lets me select "from" containing and "subject" containing. I only wish I could have a list of from to be on an exempt list from the subject containing... I've had a couple of people send me emails that I wanted, but my filter grabbed them because of something in the subject line - but it doesn't happen often.
My latest spams/scams are all ablout someone that died in another country, and someone is willing to handle the inheritance to me for a fee. I knew I had a lot of friends and relatives - but I don't seem to remember any of these. :)
 

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Robert,
Bet we have alot of the same "friends and relatives" and I just can not get over how rich they are (were) :D
 

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WOW what a revelation. Who knew us Burgman riders were all related with rich family members in foreign countries. It truly is a small world.

Pfffft!!!1 :roll:
 
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