Profiles for this site used to have useful (or at least curiosity satisfying) info like location and even car pics. Seems like more and more when I click on someone's name that I don't recognize, all that's there is their name and date joined and number of posts. Often someone is asking questions, or seeking info, or even a part, that I could give them, or at least invite them to come by and see the thing they're asking about, except, I can't tell if they are on the left coast, or, right next door. Am I missing something? Is there a good reason for not wanting anyone to know the area where you live. I've had my info there for years and have no negative effects that I know of! What's going on that I should be worried about?
I have my city and state included in my profile and I never had an issue. In fact some local T owners I didn't know have made contact with me because they see the location in the profile.
I agree...but we go through this issue regularly. Some threads are interesting and I would like to know more about the author and his background...at least his location. This has been a frequent request, but never seems to stick.
In this day and age of scams and con men, some people are not as willing to put that kind of info out there. You will probably need to go to the next level which is PM'ing them to find out more.
Some people are afraid of their own shadow. Others are recklessly incompetent. Your profile is a reflection of who you are. Some don't know how to use it, others are unaware that it exists at all. I say that if you don't use your social security number or bank card password as your site ID you probably won't have any trouble.
I like to see pictures of people and know where they are from too. Hopefully some people on the forum will read this and add information to their profiles as a result.
You'd be surprised/dismayed at what's already out there. I have an "item" listed on 2 free sale sites. All requested info,address ect. is altered except for my e-mail address as that's the only way I want to be contacted. I get a site generated e-mail asking for more pics which I post on the site and inform the buyer about it through the site. 2 days later this guy calls me! Where did you get my # I ask. Through the site he answers. Bunk I tell him (knowing the site requested phone # is wrong). Heavy Indian accent by the way. I hang up. He sends another e-mail telling me he got my # off the web. I ignore the e-mail & he disappears. I checked the area code for his # which was listed on my cel phone. Cayman Islands.
I've had my info listed for several years now with no ill effect. I too like to know who I'm conversing with.
I like that we get to choose the information we want to share.
I agree that we should require some sort of location info. I have many times checked someones profile so I could give them a response or offer help if they were close but find no info.
Yes every year we ask people to add a location to their name . Guess it's time to do that again.
KIRK... If I were you I wouldn't much gas from that pump your sitting next to! Very Cool Pic! Where is it?
Our pic is at the Ice Caves just south of Grants, NM.
Have fun at HME tomorrow. Maybe next year we can do it and bring my Mom, so she can tell me more about Pasadena in the late 40s and early 50s. My first home was taken by the Foothill Fwy.
What gets me is when some T owner asks for a part or wants to give or sell a part and does not tell what part of the world he is in.
If a poster wants to give a good T frame away and lives within 50 miles of me I am going to be there pronto.
If he lives in the northeastern corner of South Africa and has the correct frame for my restoration I probably will not want to go there and have a look.
The trouble with putting your city on the profile is that anyone can then easily get your phone number.
Unless you don't give your last name in the profile, like Charlie B.
They can find my phone number? So what? They're welcome to call it and be screened by the machine.
Here's a homework assignment for the guys who are afraid to tell us where they are. Google yourself. You might be surprised at the information about you that's already online. Mentioning your location here, or not, is probably irrelevant. You might even find a picture of yourself in Google Images. Of course this works best if you have an odd name like mine. A more common name will bring up a lot of other folks along with you.
I like seeing a man's name and local on each post, it gives me something to think about, like the weather in his area or the colors come fall. As was said before if a part is offered, I can figure a general distance and decide weather to pick up the part and meet a new friend or to have the part shipped. I am proud of my car and willing to show it, because it makes me happy, it may not be someone elses idea of correct, but as long as I am footing the bill for it you are entitled to your own opinion. I like to see other peoples cars and study how they solved a particular problem, plus when I envy another car it makes me want to strive a little bit more on my next project. Let's face it, we're all friends here and lively banter is a good thing, I think if anyone of us spotted a broke down T on the side of the road, I feel confident one or several of us would stop and offer help. Why hide our identity from one another? Which brings me to one finale plea: Make ourselves known to one another at Chickasha this year. JMHO
Wes, good idea. I'm pretty shameless about showing my mug here, and odd-looking enough to be remembered, so I'm often recognized at swap meets. But I'm bad with names and faces, and a lot of folks post pictures of themselves seldom or never, so I'm sure I miss a lot of forum guys when we're at a meet. We did wear name stickers at a pizza feed a few years ago. The pizza events are no more, but that doesn't mean we can't all wear stickers with our names on them (printed in marker and large enough to suit mature eyesight).
After the experience listed above Aaron, even if I did list my last name the spelling would be off to throw others off. I do that now because I've learned. When listing say a car on the classifieds the buyer only needs to know 2 things: 1 where it's located and 2 a correct e-mail address. Usually not given out by the site and usually a "junk only" address set up by you. They have to contact you through the site. After contact the rest is up to you. Nothing on any site I sell on is correct except the 2 items listed above. Now any way.
That should read: personal information.
I guess I've been lucky. I've never had any problems, and I've had everything listed, even the same email address, every time we've had to re-register since about 1999. I guess I don't worry enough about the TV type criminal who scopes out everything and does extensive planning like finding out when I'm gone, etc. What we mostly have around here is the druggie looking for something he can grab and sell for scrap. So far my 2 barking and biting dogs have earned their keep and kept my stuff safe. One of my favorite sayings; "it's not paranoia if people REALLY ARE out to get you."
It makes things easier to help someone if we know where someone is from.
I have met a few T guys that are not part of the local club by listing my location.
Sometimes I have looked at a person's info to see if they were close enough to help.
I like it when people list where they are from!
I am proud of who I am, where I live and the Model T I own, and so thankful for the person that let me participate in the rebuild of my motor, transmission and rear end. I depend on this forum for a lot of information and so thankful of you members taking the time to post and answer our questions.. I seldom need to ask one because when I do a forum search, the answer in most cases has already been posted. But your welcome to look at my profile and email me anytime, that's why I put it there...And I do respect if anyone's not willing to share his personal information.. This is America!!! I just have never had a reason not to share. It's interesting to know where people reside and the type of T's they own, even a picture is good.. As a Ol' TN. boy would say, Ya'll keep up the good work..It's great!!!! Thanks Chet