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Old 05.01.2010, 17:42
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Visitor messages are not private

This may seem obvious to quite a few of you, but there are still a number of people who haven't yet realised that everybody, including guests, can see whatever you've written to a member as a visitor message. I've seen a couple of visitor messages that contained obviously private information and duly warned the people involved

To do a PM from a profile page you have to first go to the "Contact" tab in the member profile. From there you can send a PM.

Obvious things to not put in a visitor message are email addresses and telephone numbers, especially as the profile pages are available to guests and therefore spiders.

I don't think there's been enough warning about this, and that some people, newbies and irregular users for example, think that visitor messages have replaced PMs.

If this has already been mentioned and discussed than I apologise, but if I missed it the first time round then other people will have also missed it, and IMO it's something that every member here should be aware of.
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Old 05.01.2010, 17:43
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

I am a voyeur.

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Old 05.01.2010, 17:44
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

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I am a voyeur.

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Nope, not a chance
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Old 05.01.2010, 17:45
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

I am aware of this and it's why I intend to create a new user account (Brett's Mum or something equally catchy) and leave myself some saucy messages.
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Old 05.01.2010, 17:46
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

Slaphead, why were you scanning people's visitor messages?
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

I propose that the feature has more cons than pros and should be turned off.
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Slaphead, why were you scanning people's visitor messages?
Oh yeah, you were looking for Brett's Mum.
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Old 05.01.2010, 17:50
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I propose that the feature has more cons than pros and should be turned off.
i agree, with the fwends function too pls...meh
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Old 05.01.2010, 17:50
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Slaphead, why were you scanning people's visitor messages?
If you click on a profile it's practically the first thing you see - you can't miss them

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I propose that the feature has more cons than pros and should be turned off.
I tend to agree with you on that one.
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Old 05.01.2010, 17:52
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

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If you click on a profile it's practically the first thing you see - you can't miss them
Yeah, I've noticed it and it is DAMN annoying, cuz I just want to see their profile without having to waste another click.

I also agree that it is a feature that causes more pain than good. I don't really see the point for it in the first place; this is a forum, not FB.
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Old 05.01.2010, 17:55
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

After a quick schniff around, I have to say that this is the best of the non-private massages:

http://www.englishforum.ch/members/4...ghtshadow.html

"I'm finally back, but only you know it..... will stay invisible and won't post."

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Old 05.01.2010, 17:57
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

You can turn it off in My Settings.

I've turned mine off. I know what kind of person frequents this forum...
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Old 05.01.2010, 17:59
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

I should have seen this coming
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Old 05.01.2010, 18:00
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

Thanks for the link.
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Old 05.01.2010, 18:00
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

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I've turned mine off. I know what kind of person frequents this forum...
good to know.
now how can you turn off friends function pls?
(to my friends, i may have to unfriend you all...)
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good to know.
now how can you turn off friends function pls?
(to my friends, i may have to unfriend you all...)
You can't. You just tell everyone to sod off.
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good to know.
now how can you turn off friends function pls?
(to my friends, i may have to unfriend you all...)
What? You didn't like the hobbit I sent you? I even put batteries in
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Old 05.01.2010, 18:15
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What? You didn't like the hobbit I sent you? I even put batteries in
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Old 05.01.2010, 18:17
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Re: Visitor messages are not private

Finally with the new privacy controls, TheShepherd can hide his email address.

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Old 05.01.2010, 21:56
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Finally with the new privacy controls, TheShepherd can hide his email address.

Assuming he comes back after his 2 month ban.
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