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Topic: Why can forum posts be read by members who haven't signed up?

4 posts, 0 answered
  1. PurpleShade
    PurpleShade avatar
    33 posts
    22 March 2015

    Hi.  I was curious if there is a reason that the forum can be so easily read by members who haven't signed up ? It seems with such sensitive information being shared, that creating a little more privacy could put posters more at ease.  Its just a thought :-)

  2. white knight
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    9215 posts
    22 March 2015 in reply to PurpleShade

    Hi purpleshade, welcome here

    We are totally anonymous. I've shared heaps of personal information here on this forum over my 1470 posts so far and never has any friend or relative referred to me as "you are the white knight".

    If you desire to post that would include any person information then limit the detail.and seek an overall opinion.

    Tony WK


  3. Chris B
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    Chris B avatar
    1757 posts
    23 March 2015 in reply to PurpleShade

    Hi PurpleShade,

    Welcome to the forums and thanks for your feedback.

    You're right, you don't have to be a forum member in order to read posts. All our pages are indexed by Google, and in fact many of our members actually find our forums by searching for a particular topic this way. "Closed" forums that display posts to members only are generally a lot less busy, and we want this space to be accessible as possible.

    With regards to privacy, we encourage our members not to share any personal information here that could identify them, and if they do our moderators will edit it out (for example, using a full name as your display name, saying where you live etc, links to your Facebook page or email etc). If you do happen to see any posts where someone is disclosing information that could breach their privacy, please use the 'report post' function to let us know about it.

    You can find more information about how we ensure this is a safe space by watching our welcome video below:


  4. Jenny B
    Jenny B avatar
    10 posts
    30 March 2015 in reply to PurpleShade
    Fair point.

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