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Karlin
12th October 2007, 01:01 AM
Hi folks:

I have changed the settings on the Dog & Bone Pub to make it visible only to registered members when they are logged in. It appears as a private forum to anyone else and none of the threads are visible (it looks like an empty forum).

I have been thinking about making it private mainly because sometimes people discuss quite personal things there and thought board members might want a bit more privacy. But for members, nothing has changed -- as long as someone is a member and logs in, they can read the forum.

If having the forum set for logged in members only bothers people, let me know your views here. I don't have to have it private but I've been thinking more about privacy and personal information in recent weeks. This is one reason why you cannot see the membership list or search the site any longer unless you are a logged in member -- I just feel people should be an active member before they get easy access to certain board features or member information.

Claire L
12th October 2007, 01:04 AM
I think that's a GREAT IDEA :thnku:

There have been lots of times that I wished to post about something but the thoughts of just anybody reading it kind of put me off.

Cathy T
12th October 2007, 04:42 AM
I think that's a great idea! There are some personal things discussed in there that I think only members should have access to.

BarbMazz
12th October 2007, 04:47 AM
I agree with what you've done, Karlin. Thank you for thinking of our privacy.

casshon
12th October 2007, 09:13 AM
Great idea :cool:

Nicki
12th October 2007, 10:27 AM
Yes I think that's a good idea Karlin - I know there are some very general posts but it is good for people to have somewhere to post privately when they want to.

*Pauline*
12th October 2007, 10:31 AM
Very good idea Karlin. Thank you. This new idea well suits blabber mouth me! :o

Barbara Nixon
12th October 2007, 11:36 AM
yes. A good idea. Many forums are completely private, anyway.

Cleo's Person
12th October 2007, 06:11 PM
That's a great idea Karlin, thanks!

Karlin
12th October 2007, 07:14 PM
Well, keep in mind we do have almost 1800 members and so there are plenty of people you don't know -- or perhaps, do know without knowing they are on the board -- who can access all forums when and if they log in. It's good to remember that private is relative when you are talking about a large public board. :thmbsup:

I've debated whether to have the board be something that only registered members can see but I know from the monthly traffic that many more people read the board than are members and find the advice, discussions and Library information useful -- and a lot enjoy browsing the videos and pictures. So I can't see a strong argument for making the whole board registered members only, but thought people might appreciate a forum that isnt viewable except by members. :)

Cathryn
12th October 2007, 09:16 PM
Nice move Karlin! I agree with that desision as like Pauline I can say more than I meant to!! :o

It is amazing the number of people who are members who simply "lurk" without posting and if you knew their true identity you would be quite surprised indeed!! I know of another board where you have to actually post in the introduction section before you are allowed to even get any further and read a thing!! :rolleyes:

Rj Mac
12th October 2007, 09:20 PM
Agree with everyone else Karlin, thankyou :)

Chelle & Rex
12th October 2007, 11:24 PM
I also agree, for me as mostly a lurker I'd def post more now knowing its members only:)

Lani
12th October 2007, 11:36 PM
Really great idea!:rah:

Thanks Karlin!:flwr:

Caraline
13th October 2007, 01:18 AM
Oh that is most excellent. I think it is grand that we have our own private little hidey hole dedicated to forum members. :)

pinkpuppy
13th October 2007, 02:37 AM
I agree. It is a good idea.

freesia
13th October 2007, 06:05 PM
Great idea, I never really think about who could be reading whatever we post, so would be nice to have somewhere private.